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Legend Movie Review

No twin brothers could be more different than Reggie and Ronald Kray and Hardy plays them both so effectively with only small make up tricks and big acting chops. Browning plays Frances Shea a girl from around the neighbourhood who falls in love with and eventually marries brother Reggie. The story told through her eyes gives the proceedings a more human tone and gives the tale a feel of authenticity that is tinged with great sadness. This approach helps raise the film above being a mere ...

Crimson Peak Movie Review

It must be said that the film looks fantastic and features visuals never before seen but the plot and action staging is so predictable, it drains all the energy out of the experience. In some genres this would not drive the knife into the heart but with the horror/thriller genre nothing is worse than predictability. Also not helping is the film score by Fernando Velázquez that telegraphs emotions with such an obvious touch. It’s a shame really as the cast, which includes Mia Wasikow...

Alex & Eve Interview

Your performance was very well nuanced and your comic timing was excellent, how comfortable does comedy come to you? “Thank you. Acting in comedy is fairly new to me. I love watching comedies so it was very exciting to finally be a part of one. In this film in particular I was playing more of the straight character with my family and students providing most of the comedy. I had to represent a normal point of view for the audience to relate to and for the other characters to bounce off. ...

Black Mass Movie Review

Johnny Depp breaks step with all that pirate nonsense and delivers his best performance in years as Irish-American organised crime boss, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. In 1975 as an informant, Bulger enjoyed the protection of the FBI whilst supplying information the Feds used to take down his Italian rivals and allowed him to replace them as a kingpin in Boston. It was a charmed deal for Bulger until the mid nineties when the media blew the lid off this corrupt arrangement. A barely recogn...

The Martian Movie Review

It is equal parts thriller and scientific exploration and focuses on the human resolve to rise to the occasion and survive despite all the odds. Matt Damon is fantastic as the hyper intelligent astronaut that due to circumstance gets left behind on an aborted manned mission on Mars. His approach to survival is based around his scientific knowledge and raw will to live but it is tempered by irreverence towards his circumstance and to the authority figures that he has to interface with. ...

Pan Movie Review

The set up is interesting enough: young orphan, Peter, is abducted to Neverland where he befriends Tiger Lilly, Tinkerbell and a young Hook and together they save Neverland from Blackbeard the pirate. The narrator is unequivocal about the central theme being best friends becoming enemies - a clear reference to the Peter/Hook relationship. The problem is that by film’s end Peter and (now Captain) Hook are still friends! So the story, as a whole, feels unresolved. Now, perhaps the ...

Sicario Movie Review

This is a modern day tale of drug running and Mexico/America border politics and it draws you in with bold strokes. It then details the character’s action in such a way as to illustrate the horrors that both the innocent and guilty have to endure during these drug wars. The screenplay leads you to make certain assumptions about the main protagonists actions and it’s to its satisfying complexity that right up until the end of the last reel there are still surprises left in store. ...

Everest Movie Review

The film is incredible tense and from the first frame you feel the rising level of impending doom. Even for those that have little knowledge of the actual events of the disaster, the film fills you with that dark sense of foreboding. It frames the climbers (accurately or not) as a group of driven people with little regard for their own safety or the tons of rubbish that modern day mountain climbing leaves behind. The film is big in almost every way, a big cast, a big adventure and a big ...

Pixels Movie Review

Pixels follows on from the likes of Wreck It Ralph and TRON, mashing up the real world with that of the video game. This time around it turns out that a videotape of classic arcade games was sent into space in the early eighties and discovered by aliens who used its contents to model weapons with which to attack us. It all makes perfect sense really. Naturally the best hope for Earth's defence are former classic gamer champions who suitably proceed to kick all kinds of pixelated ass. Yes, ...

Ricki And The Flash Movie Review

Cody's script about an aging Lita Ford-type rocker who fritters her life away in rock'n'roll while neglecting her responsibility to her three children has little going for it. The story has Ricki making a belated attempt to reconnect with her adult children after her daughter suffers a messy, emotionally damaging divorce. The tension that exists between Ricki and her cynical and sardonic children, and her hard working well-to-do ex-husband and his new wife, is excruciating for the most ...