Reviews

Honey Boy Film Review Honey Boy (2019) Review - "A moving reflection, perhaps even an exorcism" from the pen of Shia LaBeouf, directed by Alma Har'el and starring Lucas Hedges - our review from Pagan Carruthers.
Netflix The Irishman The Irishman (2019) Review - New Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman', starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, is "a thrilling, nostalgic and self-retrospective gangster movie" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Review Portrait of A Lady on Fire (2019) Review - New Céline Sciamma film 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' offers "some of the most extraordinary filmmaking this century" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the Queer Palm winning film.
Joker (2019) Review - After all the controversy, was the powerful performance from lead actor Joaquin Phoenix enough to save 'Joker' (2019) from failure? Joseph Wade reviews.
The Last Tree (2019) Review - 2019 Shola Amoo movie 'The Last Tree' is "a British offering that will not only make you think about its message and feel towards its characters, but also encourage you to take in the very essence of cinema as an art form". Joseph Wade's review.
The Farewell Film 2019 The Farewell (2019) Review - 'The Farewell' (2019) starring Awkwafina "marks Lulu Wang out as a vivid talent" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Ad Astra Film Poster Ad Astra (2019) Review - 'The Lost City of Z' filmmaker James Gray has teamed with Brad Pitt for 'Ad Astra', a space exploration film being likened to 'Apocalypse Now'. Joseph Wade reviews.
1st Summoning (2019) Review - "Found Footage is a subgenre that requires creativity and a semblance of originality... this film fails on both counts." Raymond Wood directs '1st Summoning', Jacob Davis offers the horror movie review.
Last Blood Movie Review Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Review - Did 'Rambo: Last Blood' manage to pay fitting tribute to the franchise's 4 previous iterations under the direction of Adrian Grunberg? Check out Jacob Davis' review to find out.
2019 ITV Movie Downton Abbey Downton Abbey (2019) Review - Could the 'Downton Abbey' movie recapture the heart of the television series or did it sell out to a more reductive, cinematic experience? Annice White reviews,
Border (2018) Review - Ali Abbasi movie 'Border' (2018), also known as Gräns, is "one campfire story you're not going to forget in a hurry" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Joanna Hogg The Souvenir Movie Reviewed The Souvenir (2019) Review - While "at times you struggle to understand what makes these characters worth your attention", "you’ll find yourself more invested than you realised you could be". Sophie Butcher of The Cine Blog reviews Joanna Hogg drama 'The Souvenir'.
It Chapter Two (2019) Review - Jacob Davis thinks "Bill Skarsgård was so phenomenal that he made Tim Curry’s version of the character seem less like an Eldritchian horror and more like a weirdo at a circus." His full review here.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition - Review Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition – Review - "A peerless insight" into the career of Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition offers "inspiring experience to cinephiles young and old".
Gillian Armstrong Little Women Little Women (1994) Retrospective Review - Gillian Armstrong's 'Little Women' (1994) starring Winona Ryder is one to "watch during the lazy nights of Christmas and New Year’s Day, underneath a throw with a hot chocolate: man or woman, brothers or sisters" according to Katie Doyle.
Overcomer Film Review Overcomer (2019) Review - New Kendrick Brothers movie 'Overcomer' (2019) is "a visual “and then”, like a toddler telling a story", according to Jacob Davis' review.
Dragonworld (1994) Review - "Fortunately, Dragonworld is incredibly entertaining because it’s so stupid" are the words of Jacob Davis in his review of the 1994 picture from writer-director Ted Nicolaou.
47 Metres Down 2 Review 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Review - The Johannes Roberts directed sequel to the surprisingly well received '47 Meters Down', '47 Meters Down: Uncaged', starring Corinne Fox, reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Scary Stories 2019 Movie Review Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Review - Jacob Davis reviews new horror movie 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Andre Ovredal.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) Review - Perhaps "the precise moment we can pinpoint as Tarantino signing his career's own death warrant", 2019 release Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Emoji Movie (2017) Review - "The Emoji Movie is a legendarily bad film", but is it worth all of the vitriol? Jacob Davis explores in his review of the Sony Pictures Animation movie, here.
Lion King Movie 2019 The Lion King (2019) Review - "While The Jungle Book enhanced the magic of its predecessor, The Lion King did the opposite." Samuel Sybert reviews 'The Lion King' (2019).
The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) Snapshot Review - Peter Greenaway directed Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren in 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover' (1989), a "dark and disturbing" movie according to reviewer Jacob Davis.
Gwen (2019) Review - "Moody, tense and visually stunning, 'Gwen' (2019) is a dark delight that holds back no punches and speaks of some cold, hard truths in the world." Kieran Judge reviews.
Crawl Film Review 2019 Crawl (2019) Review - "Does this movie really expect me to believe that a college swimmer that can't even win in practice is outswimming an 8-million year old killing machine?" Jacob Davis reviews 'Crawl' (2019).
Demolition Man Movie Review Demolition Man (1993) Snapshot Review - Imagine a film about a defrosted Sylvester Stallone, a nightmarish sexual simulator and Wesley Snipes saying "what's your boggle". You don't have to imagine it any more, because it exists and it is absolutely worth your time. 
Far from Home 2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Snapshot Review - New Spidey movie 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019) marks the 22nd entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kieran Judge reviews the film starring Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Midsommar Movie Review Midsommar (2019) Review - "With Midsommar, Aster has scored again, topping his first film with a truly horrific nightmare drenched in sunlight." Samuel Sybert reviews 'Midsommar' starring Florence Pugh.
Danny Boyle Yesterday 2019 Yesterday (2019) Review - He's woken up in a world where The Beatles don't exist and it's up to him to reintroduce the music to them. Himesh Patel and Lily James star in Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday'. Katie Doyle's review.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) Review - Bill Murray and Adam Driver star in the latest movie from Jim Jarmusch, a zombie survival movie titled 'The Dead Don't Die'. Joseph Wade reviews.
Selena Gomez Another Cinderella Story Another Cinderella Story (2008) Review - "I hope she was paid a pile of cash for this pile of trash." Jacob Davis reviews 'Another Cinderella Story' starring Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch.
Treacle Short Film Review Treacle (2019) Short Film Review - 'Treacle' (2019), the new short film from Mini Productions, written by and starring April Kelley, and directed by Rosie Westhoff, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
2014 Gramps Goes to College Gramps Goes to College (2014) Analytical Review - "Just when you think that this movie has no more turns to take, it gets even nuttier." Jacob Davis' review of 'Gramps Goes to College' from director Chips Rossetti and writer Donald James Parker.
Toy Story 4 Film Review Toy Story 4 (2019) Review - Woody and the crew are back for the latest Disney Pixar instalment of Toy Story, 'Toy Story 4' (2019). Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts star, Becca Seghini reviews.
Sound of Silence 2019 Film Review The Sound of Silence (2019) Review - Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones star in the feature debut of Michael Tyburski, The Sound of Silence, a story of a man connecting the pitches of sound in New York City. Joseph Wade reviews.
Firecrackers (2019) Review - 'Firecrackers', a new coming of age drama from Jasmin Mozaffari, could become the debut feature of 2019. Joseph Wade reviews.
L'Empereur de Paris Movie Review The Emperor of Paris (2019) Review - L'Empereur de Paris (The Emperor of Paris) from acclaimed 'Mesrine' director Jean-François Richet, starring Vincent Cassell and Olga Kurylenko, movie review.
Help 1965 Beatles Film Review Help! (1965) Retrospective Review - The Beatles' 2nd movie, 'Help!' (1965), is a gem of British surrealist comedy with a problematic backdrop that can't go unseen in the contemporary landscape. Katie Doyle reviews.
Venezia (2019) Review - Rodrigo Guerrero's powerful, cinematic 2019 release 'Venezia' asks us to ponder the very nature of existence in a profound visual journey. Joseph Wade reviews.
Ray Comfort 7 Reasons 7 Reasons (2019) Analytical Review - Evangelist turned filmmaker Ray Comfort has turned his attentions towards abortion in his latest documentary '7 Reasons'. Jacob Davis reviews.
Ham on Rye 2019 Movie Review Ham on Rye (2019) Snapshot Review - "If you like works that are off the beaten path" Tyler Taormina's 'Ham on Rye' (2019) may be the film for you. Jacob Davis reviews.
The Mountain Jeff Goldblum Tye Sheridan The Mountain (2019) Snapshot Review - 'The Mountain', the 2019 release from 'Entertainment' director Rick Alverson, starring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum, as reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Greener Grass (2019) Review - 'Greener Grass', the 2019 comedy from Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn DeBoer, is "a bold comedy that is also incredibly detailed". Jacob Davis reviews.
X-Men Dark Phoenix Dark Phoenix (2019) Review - Do Fox's X-Men go out with a bang or a whimper in Simon Kinberg's 'Dark Phoenix' (2019)? Sophie Turner, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star in this movie reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Ma Octavia Spencer Tate Taylor Movie Review Ma (2019) Review - Octavia Spencer is the titular 'Ma' in a new horror-thriller from Tate Taylor, director of 'The Help'. Jacob Davis reviews.
Netflix Rom Com 2019 Review Always Be My Maybe (2019) Review - 'Always Be My Maybe', the latest movie rom-com from Netflix, starring and written by Ali Wong and Randall Park, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
King of the Monsters Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Review - Part 3 of Legendary's titan-centered cinematic universe 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' from director Michael Dougherty has hit the big screen. Is it worth the hype? Check out our review by Jacob Davis for more.
A Hard Day's Night Beatles Movie Review A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Retrospective Review - "With the likes of 'A Hard Day’s Night', their music and joie de vivre of their early days will never die." Katie Doyle's review of 'A Hard Day's Night' starring The Beatles.
Brightburn (2019) Review - 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn attached his name to horror-superhero film 'Brightburn', but was it worth it? Jacob Davis outlines in his spoiler-filled review.
Booksmart (2019) Review - Olivia Wilde's 2019 coming of age comedy 'Booksmart' is a "genuinely funny" and hearty movie "headlined by two superlative performances" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
The Fool (2019) Review - From Evangelist Ray Comfort comes 'The Fool' (2019), a documentary on how he takes atheists to task on their atheism. Jacob Davis reviews.
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Snapshot Review - Michael Chaves' 2019 horror film 'The Curse of La Llorona' is "a weak entry into the Conjuring Universe' according to Jacob Davis in his snapshot review.
Avengers 3 Endgame Poster Avengers: Endgame (2019) Review - Avengers: Endgame (2019) is the most important superhero film of all time. Joseph Wade reviews Marvel's culmination of a 21-film journey, directed by the Russo Brothers, here.
Lupita Nyong'o Us Movie Us (2019) Snapshot Review - Jordan Peele directed 'Us' (2019) "is the best movie of 2019 so far" according to Jacob Davis in his snapshot review.
Wild Rose Jessie Buckley Wild Rose (2019) Review - Jessie Buckley "simply owns the screen" in Tom Harper's 'Wild Rose' (2019), the tale of a Glaswegian ex-con turned country singer intent on visiting Nashville. Joseph Wade's review.
Rupert Wyatt Captive State Captive State (2019) Snapshot Review - 'Captive State' (2019), the new film from writer-director Rupert Wyatt starring John Goodman and Machine Gun Kelly, reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Shazam Film Review Shazam (2019) Review - 'Shazam!' (2019), the latest film from the DCEU starring Zachary Levi and directed by David F. Sandberg has made a few waves, but has it been for good or bad reasons? See here in Jacob Davis' review.
Unplanned (2019) Review - The Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon anti-abortion movie from PureFlix is "a poorly reconstructed facsimile of reality"; "a Gish gallop caught on film". Jacob Davis reviews.
The Dirt (2019) Review - From the director of 'Jackass' and 'Bad Grandpa' comes the Mötley Crüe biopic that promises drink, drugs and rock 'n' roll but leaves you with "thoughts of what could have been".
Gotti 2018 Movie Review Gotti (2018) Review - Just say Gambi-No! 'Gotti' (2018) from director Kevin Connolly and starring John Travolta "is the worst of what cinema has to offer". Jacob Davis' full review, here.
Ray & Liz (2018) Review - Richard Billingham's 'Ray & Liz' (2018), starring Justin Sallinger, is "a superbly photographed document" but features a "mean-spirited smugness" according to Lucas Hill-Paul in his review.
Us 2019 Movie Review Us (2019) Review - Jordan Peele returns with his latest horror outing 'Us' (2019), a film Kieran Judge has described as "a startling vision by one of the new masters of the dark side of humanity".
James Cameron Aliens 1986 Aliens (1986) Retrospective Review - In his retrospective review of James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986), Lucas Hill-Paul describes the famous sequel as "a landmark in action-horror". Read the full piece here.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) Snapshot Review - "More The Temple of Doom than The Last Crusade", Jan de Bont's 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' follow up 'The Cradle of Life' starring Angelina Jolie is 8/24 according to Craig Sheldon.
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Snapshot Review - In watching 2001 video game adaptation 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' starring Angelina Jolie, "you might just find yourself unearthing some fun" according to Craig Sheldon in his review.
Ridley Scott Alien 40th Anniversary Alien (1979) Retrospective Review - Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979) pairs "genuine, spine-tingling horror and thematic resonance" to create a classic of horror and sci-fi. Lucas Hill-Paul reviews...
Kurt Russell The Thing The Thing (1982) Review - John Carpenter’s The Thing is a suspense-riddled, snow-covered sci-fi horror and Kurt Russell is the fiery cherry on top of a perfectly-iced paranoia cake.
Brie Larson Captain Marvel Captain Marvel (2019) Review - It has taken us 21 movies to get the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-fronted solo superhero movie, but is it any good? Our Captain Marvel review...
1999 Cruel Intentions Film Cruel Intentions (1999) 20th Anniversary Review - Doesn’t time fly when you’re playing duplicitous sex games? It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since Cruel Intentions' seductive step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian writhed onto cinema screens.
Birds of Passage (2018) Review - Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's 'Birds of Passage', a Colombian picture chronicling country's Marijuana Bonanza, has "the literary feel of a modern classic". Lucas Hill-Paul reviews.
Fighting With My Family (2019) Review - Even if you've never seen a wrestling match in your life, 'Fighting With My Family' is enough to get you hooked. Joseph Wade's review of Stephen Merchant's film about WWE wrestler Paige, starring Florence Pugh, Nick Frost and The Rock.
hirokazu koreeda shoplifters film Shoplifters (2018) Review - Hirokazu Koreeda's Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film 'Shoplifters' is "humanist poetry on film". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review - Marielle Heller's 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant "should have been nominated for Best Picture". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Spike Lee Blackkklansman Oscars BlackKklansman (2018) Review - Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Spike Lee's 'BlackKklansman' is "the film America needs right now". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Black Panther (2018) Review - Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.