Movie Reviews

Everyone's a Critic, but Critics Aren't Everyone

Pat Higgins | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I was clearly never cut out to be a critic, but I'm fascinated by the process even to this day. In particular, I'm interested in what makes their opinions 'different' from those public ones to which the internet has given a voice.

'Insurgent' - The Movie Review

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

Today marks the release of the next chapter in the Divergent franchise. I have no shame admitting I'm a fan of Veronica Roth's trilogy. Sure, it's aimed at a slightly younger demographic, but the unusual concept and exciting plot twists make the books real page-turners.

Are These The Worst Amazon Movie Reviews Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Comedy

And the Oscar for Most Amusing Supply Of Terrible Film Reviews goes to... @AmznMovieRevws! Yes, if you love movies and/or bad movie reviews, then t...

Into The Woods - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

This Disney epic was shot on a relatively modest budget ($50m); a Sondheim adaptation clearly more risky than their pending version of Cinderella. Sometimes less really is more, and as we all know, you don't need to spend a fortune to make a great movie.

Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Ridley Scott, in my opinion, had not made a great film in years, so I didn't hold out much hope for his latest, the biblical saga Exodus: Gods and Kings. However, like 2014's Noah, this huge, visionary epic holds together well and is worth a look on the big screen.

Thirty Shades of Great: THE Films of 2014

Roger Crow | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

So that was 2014, a year when a comedy compromised the free world, when a tree and a raccoon stole millions of hearts, and when Gilliam, Scorsese, Godzilla and Jack Ryan returned to cinemas, but what, you may yawn, was THE film of the past 12 months?

Paddington - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Paddington was a key part of my childhood and 'woe betide anyone who screwed it up', I thought. Thankfully those fears soon melted away within a few minutes of one of the best films of 2014. Getting a movie like this from script to screen is no easy matter, and King, Heyman, the cast and crew have done a magnificent job.

The Rewrite - Movie Review

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

There were some funny and indeed touching moments in "The Rewrite". I really enjoyed the character of student and "Star Wars" fanatic Billy Frazier (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) and Keith Michael's fellow colleagues Dr. Lerner (J.K. Simmons) and Mary Waldon (Allison Janney).

'Gone Girl': In 60 Seconds - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Gone Girl may be based on Gillian Flynn's best selling novel, but there's no shadow of a doubt who directed it. Though his opening titles are usually the standout moments of most of David Fincher's films, here each credit is so brief it barely registers.

We Are Many: Film Review

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

15th February 2003: we know it was the biggest protest in world history. We know that millions of people who'd never before felt like they could make their voices heard by taking action, marched in the streets of 800 cities to say 'Not In Our Name'; that they dared hope for peace, but were committed by their governments to a bloody and illegal war.

10 Alternative Rainy Day Films for Children

Leigh Clark | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

There has been a swift decrease in the quality of children's films over the years. It's something I have noticed both as a keen cinephile and as a concerned parent... With CGI claptrap, mindless sequels and remakes, the multiplex is packed with nonsense that calls itself children's cinema.

The Knife That Killed Me - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.09.2014 | 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 22.08.2014 | 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 31.07.2014 | 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.