Review: Justice League (2017)

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Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead. The world’s crime rate is rising and a supernatural threat could mean global destruction (a worn-out staple of most modern superhero films). Batman (Ben Affleck), with the help of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), assembles a team to fight back and preserve the Kryptonian’s pursuit of peace. DC’s latest attempt to spur their cinematic universe to life has been plagued by post-production troubles and an absurd budget. Continue reading “Review: Justice League (2017)”

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Review: The Florida Project (2017)

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The Florida Project, director Sean Baker’s follow-up to the iPhone-shot Tangerine, is set a stone’s throw from Disney World, in and around budget purple-painted motel The Magic Castle. It’s here that brash six year-old Moone (a breathtaking Brooklynn Prince) lives with her young, rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite). Continue reading “Review: The Florida Project (2017)”

Review: Paddington 2 (2017)

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It’s been three years since this Peruvian bear’s first big screen adventure chalked up a storm at the box office. In a sequel that more than matches up to its predecessor, Paddington (Ben Whishaw) has his eye on a pop-up book as a present for Aunt Lucy’s birthday. But when it’s stolen by a mysterious figure, Paddington – along with the Brown family and some new friends – must catch the thief before it’s too late. Continue reading “Review: Paddington 2 (2017)”

Review: Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

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Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery receives a star-studded if dreary update, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also takes on the lead role of Hercule Poirot. The detective, on his way to London to solve another case, finds himself embroiled in an unexpected murder – one that takes place on the very train he’s travelling on. Each and every passenger is a suspect, most of whom are played by A-list talent dressed up but without the dialogue, including Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz and Josh Gad. Continue reading “Review: Murder On The Orient Express (2017)”

Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Taika Waititi breathes life – and plentiful humour – into Thor: Ragnarok, a fun, yet patchy entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who must make peace with brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in order to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett), their evil, long lost sister who’s sent them packing from Asgard in the hopes of wreaking destruction. Continue reading “Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)”

Review: A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

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The sequel to last year’s breakout hit covers much of the same material as its predecessor, only with less less humour and more forced sentimentality. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn (once more the standout) return for more shenanigans, this time with their own mothers pitching up in the run up to Christmas, each of them bringing their own baggage to be worked through. Continue reading “Review: A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)”

Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

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After receiving awards attention for The Lobster, Colin Farrell reunites with its director Yorgos Lanthimos for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, a pitch black comedy that puts a modern twist on a Greek myth. Steven (Farrell), a cardiac surgeon, leads an idyllic suburban life with his wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman), and their two kids Continue reading “Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)”

Review: Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Luca Guadagnino continues his recent streak of sumptuous dramas set in exotic locales with coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name, conveivably the most commercial of all. Elio (Timothée Chalamet), an intelligent 17-year-old who lives with his parents in their rustic villa in the North of Italy, becomes infatuated with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a scholar who comes to stay for the summer. Continue reading “Review: Call Me By Your Name (2017)”

Review: Dunkirk (2017)

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The evacuation of Dunkirk – a miracle in its own right – is the focus of this striking, nerve-shredding survival epic from director Christopher Nolan. Split into three sections, the narrative cross-cuts between perspectives: land, sea and air, each one spanning a different period of time. The tension mounts at an unbelievable rate. Nolan’s camera traps the audience in the moment so as to experience every inch of horror from eye level. Continue reading “Review: Dunkirk (2017)”

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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This third iteration of everyone’s favourite web-slinger Spider-Man, which sees Tom Holland back in the role after his brief but memorable stint in Captain America: Civil War, is an incredibly charming teen comedy, with some superhero heroics sprinkled into the mix. It’s stripped back, fresh and fun, with Peter Parker (Holland) back in high school, dealing with everyday dramas by day and crimefighting by night, hoping to prove himself as a fully-fledged member of the Avengers. Continue reading “Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)”