Thor: Ragnarok

Since the end of its so-called ‘Phase 1’ Marvel Studios ever-growing raft of movies has been something of a mixed bag and, while the likes of Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy films in a slightly different way, have been enjoyable there’s been a lot that steers... Continue Reading →


Part of Alex Garland's reputation has come from a particular streak of dark and violent science fiction, from 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd to his directorial debut Ex Machina and now with Annihilation. Much has been made of the fact that this film, clearly made for big screen projection, has been picked up by... Continue Reading →

The Death Of Stalin

Over the last couple of years it seems TV and cinema has once again decided to re-explore and reassess some of the pivotal moments of mid-20th century history. From The Crown to Dunkirk to Darkest Hour (all of which have gone with the more dignified standard 'drama' route) to Armando Iannucci's latest, The Death of... Continue Reading →

The Shape Of Water

When you hear the word 'fantasy' or 'fairy tale' in relation to cinema it's probably a safe bet that what first springs to mind is likely to be something like Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter or, at an outside chance, Labyrinth. Over the past few years though director Guillermo Del Toro has taken these... Continue Reading →


To anyone growing up in the U.K. Since 1945 the name Dunkirk will be a familiar one and it's story is one that has been told countless times and in countless ways across all media and in all styles, so, in 2017, what could director and arguable 'auteur' Christopher Nolan bring to it? The answer,... Continue Reading →

Black Panther

Before heading in to see Marvel's latest offering, I will admit to having been a bit worn out by the seemingly constant influx of comic book movies from both that studio and rivals, DC. Black Panther though had, in some ways, piqued my interest simply by being an (almost, he did speak in Civil War)... Continue Reading →

Stephen King’s IT (1990)

So after reading the novel and seeing the 2017 film from Andy Muschietti, I thought it only right give Tommy Lee Wallace's take on the story a watch. Arguably the most famous version of Stephen King's tale of an evil spirit in the small town of Derry, Maine and a group of children (and later... Continue Reading →

Darkest Hour

Following much fanfare and after hearing about Brian Cox's take (in Churchill) and seeing John Lithgow's particularly impressive version (in The Crown) I came to Joe Wright's latest film, Darkest Hour, starring an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The story focuses on the few days leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk (making... Continue Reading →

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