Reviews

Oscar Nominated Short Film 2019 Animal Behaviour (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short film animation 'Animal Behaviour' from David Fine and Alison Snowden of Snowden Fine Animation, is "a brilliantly funny piece of cinema" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Weekends Oscar Nominated Animation Weekends (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - Nominated for a Short Animation Oscar in 2019, the Trevor Jimenez directed 'Weekends' (2017) is "an experience in artistry" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
One Small Step Taiko Studios Oscars Nominee One Small Step (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short film 'One Small Step', from Taiko Studios and screenwriter-directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, is evidence that silent cinema can still be bone-chillingly heartbreaking according to Joseph Wade's review.
Oscar Nominated Short Film 2019 Late Afternoon (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short animated film 'Late Afternoon', from screenwriter-director Louise Bagnall and Cartoon Saloon, is "a delicately told tale" with "astute storytelling nous and a beautifully designed storybook style of animation" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Bao Pixar SHort 2018 Bao (2018) Oscar Nominated Animated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated Animated Short Film 'Bao', from Disney Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Domee Shi tells the tale of one woman's nurturing of a... dumpling. Yes, a dumpling. Joseph Wade's review.
Deja View: You Saw Escape Room (2019) Already - Jacob Davis shares his thoughts on horror film Escape Room (2019) and warns us that we may have seen this somewhere before.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Retrospective Review - On its 30th Anniversary, Katie Doyle takes a retrospective look at just why When Harry Met Sally has been dubbed the greatest rom-com of all time.
Ghostbusters (1984) Snapshot Review - Ivan Reitman’s 80s classic Ghostbusters proves that deadpan humor (and nuclear-powered blasters) is the best defence against the dead, as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson rid New York of paranormal pests.
Josie Rourke Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen Of Scots (2019) Review - Oscar nominated Josie Rourke historical drama 'Mary Queen of Scots' (2019) had the star power but did it also have the required impact? Francesca Militello reviews.
Glass (2019) Review - M. Night Shyamalan has finally brought us the concluding story for the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, but is 'Glass' the conclusion audiences hoped for?
Keira Knightley Colette Review Colette (2019) Review - Based on a true story, 'Colette' (2018/19) starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West, directed by Wash Westmoreland, is "a colossal bore" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
stan ollie movie poster Stan & Ollie (2019) Review - New Laurel & Hardy movie biopic 'Stan & Ollie' starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, "has all the wit and charm of the double act's greatest works but, like those films, fails to capture the imagination beyond its performances" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Bird Box Sandra Bullock Bird Box (2018) Review - Susanne Bier's Bird Box envisions a family trying to survive with their eyes shut in suicide-riddled world, where the act of seeing can drive humanity to the brink of destruction.
Mary Poppins Joseph Wade Review Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review - 'Mary Poppins Returns' starring Emily Blunt is "the best temporary antidote to our dark and twisted times" according to our review of the Disney film by Joseph Wade.
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite The Favourite (2019) Review - Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman "is by no means a typical period drama [...] but it did offer all of the splendour expected of such a film and was terrifically constructed from top to bottom" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Aquaman James Wan Review Aquaman (2018) Review - 2018 DC release 'Aquaman' from James Wan, starring Jason Momoa, features "some fun, distinguishable and easy to digest characters, as well as exciting and creative action set pieces".
Into the Spider-Verse Review Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Review - 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) is an "electric, atmospheric, festival of colour" and "may even be the best superhero film of 2018" according to Joseph Wade.
Mowgli (2018) Review - Netflix release 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' (2018), directed by Andy Serkis and starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch review.
2018 Bleach Live-Action Bleach (2018) Review - 2018 live-action anime adaptation 'Bleach' from director Shinsuke Sato has been reviewed by Darcy Rae. Was it just another poor live-action adaptation or something more?
Maryam Farahzadi Blue Film Blue (2017) Short Film Review - Maryam Farahzadi's thought provoking 2D animated short film Blue is a wordless journey of finding acceptance from others and within yourself. Joseph Wade reviews.
Meteorlight 2018 Review Meteorlight (2018) Short Film Review - Short film 'Meteorlight' (2018) directed and animated by Jonny Eveson is "a piece of cinema indicative of a filmmaker with an immense talent for his craft". Joseph Wade's review.
Outlaw King Netflix Review Outlaw King (2018) Review - David Mackenzie's new Netflix Original film 'Outlaw King' starring Chris Pine is "a historical epic to remember - one that can satisfy visually and in terms of its brutality" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review - 2018 Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is "a picture that settles for a greatest hits sing-along medley to let the audience do all the emotional work for themselves" according to Luke Whitticase of Whitty Stuff.
Disney's Nutcracker 2018 Review The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Review - Adapted from the works of E.T.A. Hoffman & Tchaikovsky comes Disney's 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms', an "enjoyable but not all that memorable watch".
Mike Leigh Peterloo Movie Peterloo (2018) Review - "If Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' was "our quiet rage", then Mike Leigh's 'Peterloo' was our very real, contemporary fears" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the 2018 film.
Matt Kennard Hymn of Hate Hymn of Hate (2018) Short Film Review - "an effective tribute to the lost lives of World War I", Matt Kennard's 'Hymn of Hate' (2018) short is "a beautiful, moving picture delivered with skill and poise".
First Man 2018 Review First Man (2018) Review - Damien Chazelle's 'First Man', the tale of Neil Armstrong's journey to being the first man on the moon, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Halloween 2018 Review Halloween (2018) Review - 'Halloween' (2018) "transports you back to the original classic in terms of tone and atmosphere" for a "fun slasher movie" according to Rebecca Seghini in her review of the film, here.
Toni Collette Hereditary Horror Hereditary (2018) Review - "If you're a fan of the original 'The Wicker Man', then you'll enjoy 'Hereditary'" according to Esther Doyle, whose review of the 2018 horror film is available here.
2017 Leatherface Movie Review Leatherface (2017) Review - 'Leatherface' (2017) is "so far removed from the original that it's offensive" according to Jacob Davis in this spoiler filled horror film review.
Submarine (2010) Snapshot Review - Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' is "like a song by The Smiths wrapped in the sort of self-aware cinematic tropes that paint a picture of teenage nothingness as if it is most special and unique in its intricacies." From Joseph Wade.
A Star Is Born Movie A Star Is Born (2018) Review - Bradley Cooper's 2018 version of 'A Star Is Born' co-starring Lady Gaga is "a strong all-american outing that is bound to get some awards season buzz" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Fullmetal Alchemist (2017) Review - "The good points were few and far between, sporadically wedged between repetitive actions and dialogue, and tedious scenes of intense eye contact" according to Darcy Rae's review, here.
The Lost Boys Movie Poster The Lost Boys (1987) Snapshot Review - The Lost Boys brought vampire narratives back into focus for the MTV-era with a peroxide mullet-sporting villain at the helm.
Netflix US Death Note Death Note (2017) Review - Netflix "missed the point" of 'Death Note' in adapting it for their streaming service in 2017 according to Darcy Rae in her review of the Adam Wingard directed movie.
Cold War (2018) Review - Pawel Pawlikowski's new film 'Cold War' (2018), for which the director won Best Director at Cannes, is "a piece of almost indescribable beauty and impact" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Commando (1985) – Snapshot Review - Arnold Schwarzenegger takes up one of his most iconic roles as khaki-clad, tree carrying wonder John Matrix, on a mission to retrieve his kidnapped daughter, and help Bennett let off some steam.
Mission Impossible 2018 Review Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) Review - Tom Cruise has still got it... and so does the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, as proven by 'Fallout'. Joseph Wade's review...
Set It Up Netflix RomCom Set It Up (2018) Review - Refreshing, modern and worthy of your time, 'Set It Up' (2018) is a Netflix original that is unlikely to disappoint you - a modern take on the outdated tropes of the rom-com that'll bring a smile to your face.
The Terminator (1984) Snapshot Review - A film famously made as a result of high-temperature hallucinations, James Cameron created a nerve-twisting nightmare world of surrealist violence and bionic monstrosity.
Working Girl Melanie Griffiths Working Girl (1988) Snapshot Review - 'Working Girl' proves that a simple plot can be transformed with a star-studded cast, and reminds us that rom-coms can be a backdrop to an empowering female narrative.
Sicario 2 Review 2018 Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) Review - "if 'Sicario 1' was a policy changing expose article from the New Yorker, the sequel was like a an hour of Sean Hannity on Fox News." Our review of the Stefano Sollima movie starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
mike bassett england manager 2001 review Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) Review - 2001 football Mockumentary 'Mike Bassett: England Manager' starring Ricky Tomlinson has some "deliciously witty writing" and is "the perfect cure to World Cup years, be it tears of joy or disappointment", according to Katie Doyle's review.
Overboard (1987) Snapshot Review - A film that entirely encapsulates its title, 'Overboard' holds a cast of the decade’s cherished regulars whose performances are sure to smack a smile on the sternest of faces – if they can overlook the whole slave labour kidnapping sub-plot.
The Breadwinner (2017) Review - 2018 Oscar nominee 'The Breadwinner' is "a carefully crafted concoction of direction, art and voice-acting [that] squeezes heartbreak, wrath, terror and joy from every frame" according to Katie Doyle's review of the animated movie.
Fallen Kingdom movie review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Review - "The monsters are out of the closet, they're off the island and they're in your bedroom, but these monsters are not the ginormous prehistoric animals you might expect" according to Joseph Wade's review of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' from J.A. Bayona.
Saoirse Ronan On Chesil Beach On Chesil Beach (2018) Flash Review - 'On Chesil Beach' starring 'Lady Bird' Saoirse Ronan is "a movie that is not without its problems, but a British release that is worth celebrating nonetheless" according to Joseph Wade's review of the 2018 release, here.
Ibiza (2018) Review - Joseph Wade has reviewed Netflix's summer party movie, and "complete waste of time", 'Ibiza' starring Gillian Jacobs; an unfunny comedy that "completely missed the mark in all aspects of the production".
1987 Cameron Crowe Elisabeth Shue Movie Review Adventures In Babysitting (1987) Snapshot Review - A stood-up babysitter gets more than she bargained for when her efforts to retrieve her stranded bestie at the bus station are hilariously sabotaged at every turn. Elizabeth Shue stars in 'Adventures in Babysitting', as reviewed by Elizabeth Howlett.
Solo A Star Wars Movie Review 2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review - The latest 'Star Wars' movie 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is "fun but unessential" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the 2018 Ron Howard (Disney) release here.
The Foreigner Snapshot Review The Foreigner (2017) Snapshot Review - Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in 'The Foreigner' (2017) from 'Casino Royale' director Martin Campbell, a movie Joseph Wade has tagged as "an effective piece [...] worth an intrigued glance". Full review here.
The Clapper 2018 Movie Ed Helms The Clapper (2018) Snapshot Review - "There are no saving graces here. This is bad. This is so bad it might even be offensive." - Joseph Wade's review of the Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried film 'The Clapper' (2018).
Infinity War 2018 Review Image Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Review - Our spoiler-free review of 'Avengers: Infinity War' tags the movie as "unforeseen and unprecedented", "an event invitation you're not going to want to pass up on". Read it here.
Kickboxer (1989) Snapshot Review - Lower your plotline standards, avoid looking for any connections and don’t take it too seriously, because watching 'Kickboxer' (1989) is like having a cheap and dirty one-night stand.
Jaws 1975 Snapshot Review Jaws (1975) Snapshot Review - As more blood clouds the water, Brody must keep a clear head while keeping Quint and Hooper from bashing each other’s in, and avoid the rows of razor sharp teeth waiting for him under the waves.
‘To the Bone’ (2017) Snapshot Review - "Impressively, whilst maintaining a thoughtful approach, [Netflix's 'To the Bone' (2017)] didn’t shy away from showing the brutality of its topics" according to Sophie Grant in her Snapshot Review of the film.
Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider Movie Review Tomb Raider (2018) Snapshot Review - 'Tomb Raider' (2018) is "a finished product that fans of the gaming franchise and adventure movies in general may appreciate or even come to adore" according to Francesca Militello's review of the film starring Alicia Vikander.
Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan Movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Snapshot Review - Jake Kasdan's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's plot is weak, features an absentee villain and is devoid of emotion. Thankfully comedy refreshed a rebooted concept, bringing new energy to the typical archetypal cast of angst-ridden teens.
Spielberg Ready Player One Review UK Ready Player One (2018) Snapshot Review - Joseph Wade has described Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' (2018) as "one of the best teenage adventure movies of the past 20 years" and "an instant family classic" in his spoiler free review of the Tye Sheridan movie, here.
Dark River Clio Barnard Dark River (2018) Review - Clio Barnard's 'Dark River' focuses on "universal themes of womanhood, hunter versus hunted, righteousness versus evil and the way of nature versus god in a way comparable to the works of one of the silver screen's greatest ever poets, Terrence Malick" in what Joseph Wade describes as a film that "must be seen by anyone who wishes to support this art form we know and love" in his review.
Walk Like A Panther Film Review Walk Like A Panther (2018) Flash Review - 'Walk Like A Panther' may have had a relatively poor screenplay, but it was still an uplifting film. Read Joseph Wade's shortened review of the wrestling-inspired film, here.
Lady Bird UK review Greta Gerwig Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird (2017/18) Review - Greta Gerwig's "anything but ordinary" 2018 awards season headliner 'Lady Bird' is a film where the performances of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf "are the heart and soul of the film", according to Jason Lithgo's review of the Best Picture nominee, here.
Steven Spielberg The Post Tom Hanks Meryl Streep The Post (2018) Review - Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' (2018) "abandons obvious extravagance to focus its tightly knit story on the nuggets of wonder we can find in the pursuit of truth, those we consider to be truth seekers, and the very idea of truth itself." Joseph Wade's review...
Darkest Hour Gary Oldman 2018 Review Darkest Hour (2018) Review - 'Darkest Hour' (2018) is "so anti-Europe and pro-war that only in 2018 could a film such as this have been made" according to Joseph Wade's review of the Joe Wright movie starring Gary Oldman, available here.
Before Christmas Short China ‘Before Christmas’ (2016) Short Film Review - Sophie Grant has reviewed Chuyao He's short film 'Before Christmas' (2016), "eight-hundred and ninety-six seconds [she] couldn't get back".
3 Billboards 2018 McDormand McDonagh Review Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017/18) Review - Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017/18) is "a standout of the year as regards performance" that "bleeds into your subconscious" with "dictatorial precision". Full review:
Shape of Water Review 2018 The Shape of Water (2017/18) Review - 'The Shape of Water' (2017/18), the new movie from fantasy-horror director Guillermo Del Toro, is a "beautifully crafted whimsical fairy tale" according to Joseph Wade's review of the film.
Justice League 2017 Movie Poster Batman Justice League (2017) Review - 'Justice League', starring Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, is "one of the largest blends of bad ideas put to screen in 2017" according to Joseph Wade's review of the DC Comics adaptation.
Falsified Short Film 2017 Falsified (2017) Short Film Review - Short film 'Falsified' (2017), from screenwriter-actor Ashley Tabatabai and director Stefan Fairlamb, is "a little too unsure of itself to be what it is clear that the film could potentially be" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Paddington 2 (2017) Review - Luke Whitticase of Whitty Stuff has described the UK Box Office smash hit 'Paddington 2' as "an absolute delight; an utterly charming storybook adventure". The review...