Vardy’s Requiem ?

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  With the group stage over for England, now seems a good time to evaluate the performance of the team so far. Manager Roy Hodgson is under fire from all sides – par for the course for any England coach – while every man and … Continue reading

Film review – The Conjuring 2

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THE CONJURING 2 Intelligent and thoughtful horror sequel set in the 70s in north London and based on a true story. Directed by James Wan, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The best horror stories are always those we can actually … Continue reading

Film review – Captain America Civil War

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CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR Marvel action caper that sees The Avengers move into more mature territory following on from the raucous fun of Deadpool and Ant Man. Starring Robert Downey Jr and co. Batman Vs Superman may have been boring, … Continue reading

Film review – Eye In The Sky

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EYE IN THE SKY Tense war drama based on a prospective drone strike to take out three high value targets in Kenya. Starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul and directed by Gavin Hood. There’s a haunting line at the end … Continue reading

Film review – Friend Request

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FRIEND REQUEST Campus horror about a loner goth girl trying to make friends, starring Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley and Liesl Ahlers and directed by Simon Verhoeven. At first glance, this movie would appear to be either an imitation of or a … Continue reading

Film review – Zootropolis

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ZOOTROPOLIS Latest animated caper from Disney starring a determined young rabbit called Judy Hopps, whose life-long ambition has always been to become a cop, policing the streets of Zootropolis where predators and prey animals live alongside one another in perfect harmony .. or … Continue reading

Film review – Hardcore Henry

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HARDCORE HENRY Ultra-violent, all-action roustabout sci-fi romp, filmed from a first-person viewpoint using Go-Pro HD minicams, starring a load of Russians you’ve never heard of and that South African bloke from District 9. Every once in a while you make a connection with … Continue reading

Film review – Batman vs. Superman

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BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Epic superhero face-off from Zack Snyder, the director of 300, The Man Of Steel and Watchmen, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenburg, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot. Personally, I think the real battle with Batman vs. … Continue reading

Film review – The Witch

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THE WITCH Mediaeval horror story with religious and satanist overtones, directed by newcomer Robert Eggers and starring The Office’s Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Anya Taylor-Joy. With the intriguing and highly original idea of using actual accounts from the 17th century … Continue reading

Film review – Hail Caesar !

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HAIL CAESAR ! Reverential spoof of the golden age of Hollywood written, produced and directed by the Coen Brothers, starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Harking back to the halcyon days of yore … Continue reading