• Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Pleasantly surprised to find this was a genuinely good film. It's very nicely shot and very stylish (some of the action scenes in particular are very good) the story doesn't really drag and has plenty of drama, emotion and humour. In places Gal Gadot does appear to just be attractively confused as to what is going on - but to be fair this is in keeping with the character of Wonder Woman trying to work out what humanity is.

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★★

    A real slow burner of a movie that I really enjoyed. Very economic film making - all the characters keep their feelings and motivations very close resulting in a movie that is actually a very good example of 'show don't tell' (although if you can't cope with slow burn movies I wouldn't recommend it as there isn't actually much story) No time is spent building up character or backstory so the film just powers straight on efficiently telling this one specific story.

    Intense and claustrophobic at times its more of an atmospheric character study than an intense thriller

  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A potentially interesting idea that was let down by all the marketing. The first half is meant to be Chris Pratt all alone on the ship (who seems very personable but I'm not sure I really rate his performance - he just always seems like Chris Pratt pulling serious faces) This could have been very dark and claustrophobic - but instead we are just sat watching Pratt slowly grow a beard and turn into Pablo Escobar waiting for Jennifer Lawrence…

  • A Year and a Half in the Life Of Metallica

    A Year and a Half in the Life Of Metallica

    ★★★

    An interesting insight into Metallica at the height of their popularity (and some would argue popular creative output) As a film its pretty down the line - the camera is just there watching. If you find metallica interesting its kind of cool being there in the studio - if you don't I wouldn't bother watching as you are unlikely to gain anything from this documentary

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    After all the hype I've finally got around to watching La La Land. As a film its obviously very well made, the cinematography is incredible, Stone and Gosling act their socks off and the sets and costume are amazing. As a story I have yet to quite make up my mind. The way musical numbers are used to show the difference between fantasy and reality is nice and I really did enjoy the bittersweet ending (not everything ends happily ever…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    A really fun film with some very enjoyable references. The lego team really have these movies down to an art form and they really are gorgeous. This mini version of bay-hem might not be classic cinema but I had a big smile on my face the whole way through and would definitely watch it again

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets

    ★★★

    It is hard to say anything about this film for me without it being in the context of Scorceses other works. As a standalone film it is ok - interesting characters and a good ending. We are introduced to a lot of things Scorcese finds interesting and develop into a real style later on - the film is raw and violent and you can see flashes of his later brilliance starting to emerge. For many directors this would be the best film they ever make but luckily for us in this case it is just a director getting started.

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Searching for Sugar Man

    ★★★★½

    I went into this film knowing absolutely nothing and have come out thoroughly entertained and amazed. Its rare that a film really really absorbs me these days but the way this documentary is presented almost like a thriller/mystery really grabbed me. The actual story is almost unbelievable and the combination of interview and striking scenery is a joy to watch. It goes without saying too that the soundtrack was wonderful. Midway through the movie I had to pause it and just sat down and wrote a song - thats never happened before with any media let alone a movie!

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★½

    Very emotional film with an excellent opening in India and amazing last 20 minutes. Great performances from both young and old Saroo. Could have done with more development of growing up in Australia and Saroo's journey to deciding to go back. Relationship with adopted brother could have been much more fleshed out too and Rooney Mara's character is basically pointless. The score is great and the shots of India are stunning. By trying to stick too much to their version…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourite films of all time which I was lucky enough to see with a live orchestra. An incredible experience I would recommend anyone go and see

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    A few years behind I finally saw the reboot of the planet of the apes. I found the film overall reasonably entertaining - James Franco was his characteristic self but I found him caring and believable. Some of the CG looks dated but mostly the apes looked amazing and Andy Serkis (and the team of animators who worked away behind the scenes) Did an amazing job of crafting a very real and emotion performance for Caesar. An entertaining film but not one I'll revisit - a wonderful milestone in CG and mocap performances though

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★

    Despite being only being born around the time this film was made and in a different country to where it is set the film still managed to make me feel incredibly nostalgic for being a teenager. I’m sure the film is a fantastic snapshot of that moment in time but the emotion that the film evokes is to me more of a general feeling of teenageness which anyone over the age of 20 can appreciate.

    I actually watched this with…