Film Reviews

Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen Director: Brian Taylor Writer/director Brian Taylor brought us Crank (2006) and Gamer (2009), which in some ways tells you what to expect here: an amusing and violent commentary on modern day social troubles that's also a fun ride. In this film, a family lives in modern,… Continue reading Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)

Film Reviews

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. Itโ€™s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.

From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, itโ€™s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness andโ€ฆ

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Film Reviews

Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier Director: S Craig Zahler A man loses his job and discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. He decides to try again with her, and have a baby, and return to running drugs. But when the job goes bad, he finds himself… Continue reading Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)


Podcast time: Hard To Kill on Cinema Bushido!

I recently joined the lovely guys at Cinema Bushido for their movie podcast on Steven Seagall's Hard To Kill, a movie that's terrible, fun and hilarious. If you love action and martial arts films, you really need to be subscribed to these podcasts. They're really good! Click below to listen and give the guys a… Continue reading Podcast time: Hard To Kill on Cinema Bushido!

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: High Plains Drifter (1973)

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill Director: Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood's second film as director, following years of starring in spaghetti westerns, is a highly unusual twist on the genre. Lagos is a town under siege. Three outlaws are about to be released from prison, and intend to return to the town to have… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: High Plains Drifter (1973)

Film Reviews

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken Director: Mike Flanagan In this latest Stephen King adaptation from Netflix, a couple head to a remote hideaway to have a weekend together. But when Gerald handcuffs his wife Jessie to the bed as part of a sex game, they argue and he has a heart attack and… Continue reading Gerald’s Game (2017)

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Wind River (2017)

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Kelsey Asbille, Graham Greene Director: Taylor Sheridan A rookie FBI agent (Olsen) and a local animal tracker (Renner) with a tragic past team up to find out who raped and caused the death of a local woman on a reservation in Wyoming. When the body of the girlโ€™s boyfriend is… Continue reading Wind River (2017)

Film Reviews

The Beguiled (2017)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning Director: Sofia Coppola In Virginia during the American Civil War, a young girl finds a wounded Union soldier and takes him back to the school where she is living with two teachers and a few remaining students. His presence effects the school in different ways, and… Continue reading The Beguiled (2017)

Film Reviews

Lady Macbeth (2016)

Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie, Paul Hilton, Christopher Fairbank Director: William Oldroyd Based on a Russian novel, this film is set in rural Britain during the Victorian Era, where Katherine (Pugh) is sent to be married to a much older man (Hilton). Her life is repressive even for this time, and her husband… Continue reading Lady Macbeth (2016)

Film Reviews

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

  Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl Director: Niki Caro Based on a true story, adapted from the book by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife is the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who were the zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when war broke out. As the Germans invade, they can do… Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)