Tag: Review

Coco

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Set to the backdrop of the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico (hello, SPECTRE), our hero, Miguel, is born into a family of shoemakers who believe music is a curse after his great-great grandfather walked out on his wife and daughter to pursue a career in music, never to return. Since then, all music…

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Darkest Hour

⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s 1940 and the German war machine has recently invaded Poland, is advancing on Holland, Belgium and France and Hitler has his eyes set on conquering the rest of Europe. The nation has lost faith in the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and his successor is to be determined forming a coalition Government. Viscount Halifax, declines…

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The Greatest Showman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Charting the rise of Phineus Taylor Barnum from his days of being too poor to eat to the famous theatrical entrepreneur we remember today, director Michael Gracey has created a throwback to old fashioned musicals, with modern pop tunes and a healthy dose of technology thrown into the mix and ended up with a…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

⭐⭐⭐ Arguably Charles Dickens’ most famous work, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, or simply A Christmas Carol as it’s more commonly known, has been adapted for film and television more times than any other Dickens piece. After capitalizing on his original success, both in England and America, Charles’ last three…

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Blade of the Immortal

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal began life as a Manga series in 1993, where it was published in Gekkan Afternoon magazine and ran for almost 20 years. With sales of over 7.5 million and numerous prestigious awards to its name, it quickly attracted international acclaim. Spanning two worlds, audacious action, spectacular scenery and…

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Justice League

⭐⭐ The eagerly anticipated coming together of DC world’s most famous creations finally arrived in cinemas this week. Originally helmed by Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon took the reins after Snyder departed due to a personal loss. Both leave their mark on a film that fails to live up to its hype and ends up a…

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Paddington 2

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ben Whishaw swaps James Bond for Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear in the sequel to 2014s hugely successful Paddington, simply named Paddington 2. Simply named, but ingeniously signalled by Paddington himself in the film’s opening. In search of the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy, Paddington discovers an old pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique…

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Murder on the Orient Express

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Agatha Christie has sold somewhere in the region of three billion books. Yes, three billion. I’ve not read any. There have been numerous adaptations of Murder on the Orient Express for the silver and the golden screen. I’ve not seen any. Yes, I know. I’m embarrassed for myself too. But this is a good thing.…

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Geostorm

⭐⭐⭐ Storming into cinemas in the wake of some horrific, domestic natural disasters, Geostorm arrives with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to remind us that we need to look after our planet or it’ll find a way to destroy us all. Gerard Butler is Jake Lawson,

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “How do I look?” Enquires a dapper Harry (Colin Firth as British as ever) in his sharp suit and new custom eye (literally – he only has one) glasses. “Like some faggot looking for an eye fucking”, drawls a redneck itching for a fight. The first Kingsman film wasn’t exactly subtle, and you’ll be…

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