Movie Reviews

The Knife That Killed Me - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Made on a modest budget on a small set in East Yorkshire, enhanced with the aid of stylish virtual sets, it features a handful of familiar faces from projects such as Waterloo Road and recent Jimmy McGovern drama Common.

Under the Skin - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

How much exposition do you need in a film? Those clunky scenes when characters discuss plot, stitching Scene A to Scene B? Obviously film is a visual medium, so in theory nobody needs say anything.

Edge of Tomorrow - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Edge of Tomorrow could have been another of Serling's mini masterpieces, the 'what if' tale of a soldier resurrected to fight an alien war on Earth.

X-men: Days of Future Past - the Review

Roger Crow | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The whole thing is engaging enough and features some of the best thesps in movies. But for me it needs a sucker punch moment. That scene which grabs the heart strings and makes me a little misty eyed.

Godzilla: The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

It's rare I get to feel like a kid on Christmas morning while watching a movie. More often than not filmmakers have contempt for the audience or signpost everything so far in advance, you feel like an A level student in a kindergarten.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

For the most part, The Amazing Spider-man 2 is exactly what you expect: likeable teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to fight crime, while romancing gorgeous girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).

Noah - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Whatever your faith, Noah deserves a look on the big screen. It's a tribute to a gifted director whose next project should be heaven sent, whatever it may be.

Who Was The Wolf of Wall Street, Really? We're Still None The Wiser

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ellis

'The Wolf of Wall Street' is, by many standards, a good film. Sure, it follows all of the predictable plot beats that any given "money and drugs in the Eighties" flick entails, but it makes up for its lack of narrative surprises with its strong central performances and highly stylised depictions of excess.

American Hustle - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I liked David O Russell's latest movie. Like Ridley Scott's similar American Gangster, it was sprawling, ambitious and featured a superb cast amid a 1970s setting.

A Top 10 List of the Best Films of 2013

Leigh Clark | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

I have compiled my very own top 10 list that's based on quality, quintessence and originality as well of course as entertainment. The following list is not recommended for people who refuse to watch films with subtitles because they 'can't read and watch a film at the same time' or for people who 'don't do' black and white.

Confused Reviewer: Christmas DVDs Special

James Moran | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Comedy
James Moran

Bucking the trend of "seeing the thing you are writing about", James Moran walks around HMV and draws his own conclusions. These are the reviews The Powers That Be (informed, paid reviewers) don't want you to see/don't even know about. This week, if you're looking for a Christmas gift DVD special look no further. Well, actually, look further down this page.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Review

Roger Crow | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Yes, the much hyped, YA global sensation Hunger Games is back for a sequel, and once more Jennifer Lawrence is magnificent as the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. What's far less magnificent is the story.

The Counsellor - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Am I glad I saw it? Of course. In the same way that Showgirls was engagingly bad, this is a car crash of a movie, and you can't help rubbernecking.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

There's a lot to get through, at times too much, and as someone who hasn't read the book it can feel like the writers are box-ticking to cover every plot point fans of the book are expecting. It's an understandable approach but it doesn't make for a wholly satisfying narrative.

Thor: The Dark World - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Chris Hemsworth is so perfectly cast as the eponymous Asgardian warrior it's hard to imagine anyone else filling those boots. The slightest smirk creates screen gold. The god of thunder and charisma might be more on the money.

Review: Gravity

Simon Thompson | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

Every generation has a sci-fi film that defines it, a game changer. 2013 sees Gravity hitting cinemas and this doesn't just change the game but win the game, start another one and win that too. Gravity is nothing short of a revelation and THIS is what cinema is all about.

Pirates of the Miscreants: Captain Phillips Is a Rollicking Ride

Greg Wetherall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that will need to steer around the Horn of Africa, a notorious hotspot for knave Somali pirate boats. Based on a true story, director Paul Greengrass ably documents a harrowing hijacking incident of nerve-shredding terror.

Gravity - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

A few things will happen while watching Gravity. Your palms will become sweaty, then they may seek comfort at the sides of your face. You'll feel isolated, alone. Little wonder your breathing will become shallow. With your body empathising with the characters, this is clearly not the sort of film you can ignore.

Don Jon - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Don Jon is a Tony Manero for the dot.com generation, and while his moves tend to be more X-rated than Travolta's 70s and 80s alter ego, I can imagine JGL is going to cause a little night fever around the UK on whatever evening you see it.

White House Down - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

White House Down won't win any Oscars or Baftas for best film. It will possibly win Razzies, but that's not to say it's a bad film. However, it is two hours of gloriously silly escapism.

Riddick - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first third of Riddick drags like a wet bank holiday Monday, or a party political broadcast in bullet time. Despite being stranded on a planet full of a ravenous dingo-type predators, our hero manages to fend them off, pinches one of the cubs/puppies (reminiscent of Scrappy-Doo in the Scooby-Doo live-action version), and clashes with assorted scorpion-like beasts.

Why The Way, Way Back Took Me Way, Way Back

Roger Crow | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

It's a study in awkwardness, and that gaping hole in a lonely teenager's life desperate to be filled by friends, if not family.

You're Next - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

You're Next, the 2011 low budget stalk-and-slash thriller (finally getting a national release), owes a debt to Scream and countless other genre classics, but I doubt in 10 years filmmakers will be desperate to emulate its scares.

Elysium - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Edgy, epic, rarely dull and stunning to look at. And best of all, it's about something. However, 20 minutes in I wished heroic Max (Matt Damon) would get a break - and not just his arm from a cop droid.

Elysium: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

As director Neill Blomkamp says in the foreword, this book offers a "peek behind the curtain" of the film's journey to the big screen. He discusses his influences and thinking behind the making of the film - and we get to see some of the 3,000 pieces of concept art that were made even before anyone walked onto a set.