Film review – Free Fire

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FREE FIRE Anarchic ’70s arms deal caper starring Sharlto Copley and Cillian Murphy, directed by Ben Wheatley. If they ever make a biopic about Monty Python’s Eric Idle, then Sharlto Copley must play the lead role. The relentlessly hysterical South … 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

Film review – Black Mass

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BLACK MASS Crime drama biopic based on the true story of Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous Boston gangster who became an FBI informant as the bureau attempted to bring down the mafia. Starring Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton and … Continue reading

Film Review – Burnt

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BURNT Angry chef drama set in London, with Bradley Cooper in full-on “Gordon Ramsey mode”. Also starring Sienna Miller and Omar Sy with support from Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Alicia Vikander. I like Bradley Cooper and I’ve followed his career … Continue reading

Film Review – The Martian

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THE MARTIAN Sci-fi epic from Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig and Jessica Chastain. Ridley Scott knows sci-fi – Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus Ridley Scott knows how to make a statement movie – Gladiator, Blackhawk Down, Exodus Ridley … Continue reading

Film review – Trainwreck

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TRAINWRECK Crude, smutty lowest-common denominator rom-com that challenges traditional gender roles. Written by and starring Amy Schumer, with Bill Hader, LeBron James and Tilda Swinton. Amy Schumer plays Amy, one of two daughters from a broken home who had it drilled … Continue reading

Film review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Cold war espionage thriller, rebooting the hit 60s TV show. Directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.  Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. We have a curious affection for history in … Continue reading