[Movies of the Month] March

March NEW RELEASES Eddie the Eagle - Exactly what I thought it would be - a feel good Brit flick with several laugh-out-loud moments. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Angels & Demons - Superbly shot but lacks the same energy as The Da Vinci Code. ★★★ The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Enjoyable but not as delightful as its predecessor; too... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] February

February NEW RELEASES Spotlight - Tense and understated, this is a great ensemble piece that tackles an important and controversial subject excellently. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Divergent - A new version of a dystopic future, this lacks Lawrence's star power that The Hunger Games has but is a fascinating look at a different version of society. ★★★½ Insurgent - As more... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] January

January NEW RELEASES The Revenant - Epic in various senses of the word, but I would have prepared more time focused on Glass' survival story and less on side plots that add to the long running time. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Pan - Colourful and magical from start to finish but doesn't rank against other Neverland-related films. ★★★ Big... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] December

December 1ST TIMERS Saving Mr Banks - Enjoyable, light drama with good turns by Hanks and Thompson. ★★★½ 2012 - Fantastic effects but a mediocre cast and ultimately depressing story. ★★★ Angel - Chosen because a pre-breakthrough Fassbender stars in it, this screams Elizabeth Taylor and is the very definition of 'melodramatic'. ★★½ The Ridiculous Six - Completely daft from start to... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] November

November 1ST TIMERS Airheads - Very much of its time, this comedy has some laugh-out-loud moments but would only really appeal to music fans. ★★★ Midnight Express - Hard-hitting drama that retells the story of Billy Hayes; the casting (particularly of Hurt) is great. ★★★★ Sex Tape - Hugely obvious with an OTT Hollywood ending, this is... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] October

October 1ST TIMERS Space Station 76 - An all star cast but lacking comedy. ★★ French Kiss - Typical of its time with a Hollywood ending but enjoyable nonetheless. ★★★½ The Reconstruction of William Zero - Interesting concept but fails to keep your attention. ★★ Shuddh Desi Romance - This is modern Bollywood that tackles the love/arranged marriage... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] September

September 1ST TIMERS What We Did On Our Holiday - Tennant, Pike and Connelly lead this fantastic British romcom that remains grounded and doesn't pander to a happy Hollywood ending. ★★★★ Love, Rosie - Great casting but far too sugary sweet. ★★★ The World's End - Entertaining but not in the same league as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. ★★★½... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] August

August 1ST TIMERS Wet Hot American Summer -Lighthearted, enjoyable comedy that preludes the Netflix original series. ★★★½ Mansome - Engaging documentary-film fronted by Jason Bateman and Will Arnett that explores male grooming. ★★★½ Daawat-e-Ishq - Mostly enjoyable but too predictable. ★★★ About Time - Bill Nighy steals the show in the film that I found when deciding I wanted to watch a... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] July

July 1ST TIMERS The Maze Runner - Interesting premise and well executed by the young cast. I'll definitely watch the next film in the series when it's out later this year. ★★★★ Are You Here - Definitely not a comedy! Naughty IMDb for misleading us. ★★ Morning Glory - Enjoyable comedy that's well cast; Ford and Keaton are... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] June

June NEW RELEASES Jurassic World - Great addition to the series, an action-packed ride from the first roar to the last - read my full review here. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Extraordinary Measures - An inspiring, intense plot supported by strong acting and good pacing. ★★★★ Accepted - Average American teenager comedy that has enjoyable moments but is largely uninspiring. ★★½ Pacific... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] May

MAY NEW RELEASES Mad Max: Fury Road - Utterly bonkers and high octane entertainment, an absolute adrenaline rush. ★★★★ The Water Diviner - Weaving several genres into one, Russell Crowe's directorial debut is a hit, pulling on your heart strings against the backdrop of war. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Days of Thunder - A loud, fast-paced, entertaining product of its time. ★★★... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] April

April 1ST TIMERS The English Teacher - A disappointing film considering its leads. Far too many clichés as well. ★★½ Silverado – An enjoyable Western but one that does become quite convoluted, with multiple leads and multiple plot lines. ★★★ Chef – Hugely likeable film; expert acting, direction and writing by Favreau. ★★★★½ Captain America – The Winter Soldier –... Continue Reading →

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