• Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★★★

    This sequel lacks some of the Christmas magic that makes the first one such an essential festive staple, but still retains so much charm and laughter. New York at Christmas is irresistible, and Tim Curry's Grinch-like smile is terrifying!

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful and heartbreaking with a captivating lead performance from Awkwafina. Explores not only the East/West cultural differences with terminal illnesses and attitudes to life & death, but also the depth of family ties and staying connected to your culture regardless of distance. 

    A fantastic script with a great amount of humour which had the whole cinema roaring. I’ll never forget how this film made me feel!

  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    ★★

    I love a mindless, ridiculous action film but this didn't feel like it was anywhere near ridiculous enough. There's a couple of cool sequences but even they felt boring, and you're so aware of the predictable ending it's spiralling towards.

    Fun for a bit but just feels like it's missing something.

  • Final Destination 3

    Final Destination 3

    ★★★★

    Despite endless exposition, this is one of the better instalments in the FD franchise due to the amazing build up of tension.

    It also has (in my opinion) most of the best deaths, amazing levels of convincing gore, and a surprisingly good set of performances.

    A very solid entry into the series.

  • mid90s

    mid90s

    ★★★

    A stunning first half with superb performances and a perfect soundtrack. I was so invested in all the characters and feeling every emotional punch. 

    Unfortunatley it slightly lost me at the halfway point. Sunny Suljic’s age makes some of the situations his character is in very uncomfortable for the viewer. I get this is the point, but for me it yanked me out of the film-watching bubble because I didn’t feel like the film had anything useful to say about these situations.

    I enjoyed it but I stopped loving it.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    A stunning score that plays throughout, a great performance from all involved, visually a beautiful film to watch. For me this is nearly a perfect film.

    Strangely difficult to get hold of, but worth the hassle - I love Hitchcock's films and this is up there with one of the best. A wonderfully gothic thriller which I was convinced was about ghosts. In a way I was right - but it's the ghosts we create in our minds, as Rebecca's…

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★½

    An enjoyable account of Fawcett's exploration into the Amazon, and a good look at all the complications that came with it.

    However for me this needed more adventure and less side stuff. The 'complications' included the sacrifice Fawcett made by leaving his young family, his wife's grief at his decision, the politics of the exploration, getting sidelined by World War One, and more which I won't mention due to spoilers.

    I understand that Fawcett's decision to travel was being affected…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★½

    An enjoyable, light and fluffy take on the classic tale.

    But perhaps that is where the problem lies. This felt empty and lacking in punch, and it seemed like it should have been called 'a highly simplified version of the Orient Express'. It turns nearly every interesting character into a yawnsome bore and doesn't take advantage of the 5 star cast it has employed.

    There are versions of this that feel much more worthy of the content they are presenting, but I did enjoy this as an easy afternoon film. I'm just not sure that's what it's supposed to be.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots

    ★★★★

    I seem to have the unpopular opinion regarding Mary Queen of Scots.

    Yes, most of the film is in court rooms but as long as you're interested in the politics of the monarchy and the Scotland/England relationship in this time then it's fascinating.

    I thought it was brilliantly written and the compelling performances from Saoirse and Margot meant I was never bored. Loved it!

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★★

    So simple and so brilliant. A film who's entire second half is pretty much just a couple in love, yet it's so enthralling and captivating and it made me so happy to watch. I can't believe this film is 92 years old. Wow.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    GLASS was somehow still engaging despite all three of its main characters falling short of what I expected.

    McAvoy had only a cut of the fascination and intrigue that he had in SPLIT, and Samuel L Jackson lost all of his mystique and passion to become a dead-pan, badly scripted version of Mr Glass. Bruce Willis seemed to be a shadow of his character in UNBREAKABLE and felt (literally) trapped in scenes that mostly just had him as a time…

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    Absolutely all over the place and in the end I had no idea what the actual point of the film was. A girl believing in herself and what she was deep down? A love story crossing impossible boundaries? The bonds between family? A megalomaniac being thwarted by love?

    The Little Mermaid was all of these things at the same time but somehow, absolutely none of them.

    The performances were so terrible in places that I didn't believe in a single…