Review: Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Genuinely entertaining live-action family films are hard to come by these days, which makes Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a refreshing treat. Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) knows full well what it’s like to have a bad day, but his family don’t have a clue. That is, however, until they all suffer through a terrible, very bad day for themselves. Continue reading

Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner, the latest YA novel to be adapted into a film, is a well-made and energetically performed dystopian sci-fi adventure with smarts. Dylan O’Brien stars as Thomas, a youngster who wakes up trapped in an enclosed colony with a crowd of other boys and no memory of his past. Their only chance of escape is to master a complicated, treacherous maze that brings surprising, life-changing consequences into play. Continue reading

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

An up-to-date reworking of the titular heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is derivative and irksome in equal measures – unsurprising considering Michael Bay’s involvement as producer. In her hunt for a big story, plucky reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) stumbles upon four crime-fighting mutated turtles – Leonardo (Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) – who are out to stop the evil Foot Clan in their tracks. Continue reading

Review: Gone Girl (2014)

LIBRARY IMAGE OF GONE GIRL

No stranger to adaptations, David Fincher helms Gone Girl, a hypnotic, twisted and shrewdly executed thriller that’s been reworked for the screen by none other than the novel’s author Gillian Flynn. Nick (Ben Affleck) returns home on his fifth wedding anniversary to discover his wife, Amy (Rosamund), has disappeared. As a media storm erupts and the police uncover incriminating evidence, Nick quickly finds himself as prime suspect, forced to hire defence lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) for protection. Continue reading

Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man

Adapted from John Le Carre’s best-selling novel of the same name, and featuring one of the final performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man is a well-intentioned but unmistakably dreary thriller. In Hamburg, a half-Chechen illegal immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who stakes claim to his father’s fortune catches the attention of rogue intelligence officer Günther Bachmann (Hoffman), whose suspicions have been heightened since the events of 9/11. Continue reading

Review: Pride (2014)

Pride

A truly British film if there ever was one, Pride is a rousing and relevant crowd-pleaser that knows how to entertain its audience, even if it does skimp on the drama. In the summer of 1984, at the height of the miners strike, a determined group of gay activists decide to raise money for the families of those effected – a proposal that comes with its own set of challenging setbacks. Continue reading

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls

The stop-motion animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman ups the ante with their latest release The Boxtrolls, a deliciously dark, witty and visually inventive adventure-comedy of particularly high quality. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), a young orphaned boy, is forced to face reality when his cave-dwelling captors, otherwise known as the Boxtrolls, come under attack by Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a dastardly tyrant with big aspirations. Continue reading