Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Mountain Between Us (2017)

The trailer for this film looked cheesy and ridiculous and I had to wonder what two very fine English actors – Idris Elba and Academy Award Winner Kate Winslet – were thinking when signing the dotted line. However, the canny marketing campaign, which put out…

Crime, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Detroit (2017)

On paper, this film has many elements that appeal to me; a female director, set in 1960s America, a true story set during the Civil Rights era and actors (particularly two British stars) who I like. I also visited the city of Detroit in January…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews, Romance, Z - 2017

REVIEW: The Big Sick (2017)

Fans of ‘Silicon Valley’ will recognise Kumail Nanjiani, but apart from that and the stand-up comedy circuit, he’s gone fairly under-the-radar, until now. Nanjiani has teamed up with his wife, Emily V. Gordon to write the true story of their courtship. Zoe Kazan (who I…

Action & Adventure, Drama, Film Reviews, Z - 2017

REVIEW: Okja (2017)

‘Okja’ has been one of my most highly anticipated films of the year. South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’ is one of my favourite films. ‘Okja’ also features ‘Snowpiercer’s’ Tilda Swinton, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Giancarlo Esposito – it…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Z - 2017

REVIEW: Rough Night (2017)

I saw the trailer for this film and thought it looked like a female version of ‘The Hangover’, which is pretty much exactly what it is. Although the trailer did not appeal to my sense of humour, it had a strong cast (including Scarlett Johansson,…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Circle (2017)

I started seeing the trailers for this film what feels like months ago. It was heavily marketed here in the US – I saw the trailer at the cinema many, many times. I was intrigued by the premise, the strong cast and the writer Dave…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Gifted (2017)

Directed by Marc Webb (whose CV bizarrely includes ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘(500) Days of Summer’) and starring Chris Evans (who is coming to the end of his Marvel contract) – ‘Gifted’ is clearly a smaller, quieter, more personal project that is being squeezed in…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Their Finest (2017)

We all know that Hollywood loves to make films about itself, and then shower these films with awards in a self-congratulating exercise of narcissism and ego. So, it’s refreshing to see a British take on its own film industry, at a particularly interesting point in…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Song to Song (2017)

Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to see this film the day after its premiere at SXSW. It was at an advanced members’ screening at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood – so the overall experience of seeing this film may have coloured this review somewhat….