Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)


The superhero team-up to end all, Captain America: Civil War is a heady, often exhausting combination of satisfying, fan servicing set pieces and underdeveloped political debates. After more destruction and casualties come as a result of another attempt to save the world, Captain America et al. – Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to mention a few others – are urged to take accountability and sign away their independence. Continue reading “Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)”

Review: Lucy (2014)


The best film Luc Besson has delivered in years, Lucy is a full-throttle action-thriller that’s every bit as bonkers as it is furiously entertaining. Accidentally embroiled in the deadly underworld of Taiwan, an American student (Johansson) turns the tables on her captures when the drug she’s transporting leaks, infusing her brain with a serum that enables her to unlock its full potential.  Continue reading “Review: Lucy (2014)”

Review: Chef (2014)


Jon Favreau makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with Chef, an infectiously charming comedy about rediscovering oneself through life, love and food. After quitting a high-profile restaurant role, Carl Casper (Favreau, who also writes and directs) decides to start up a food truck in order to return to a simpler way of life, which also includes reconnecting with his son (Emjay Anthony). Continue reading “Review: Chef (2014)”

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


Of all the Marvel properties to make it to the silver screen so far, Captain America is perhaps the least appealing of the lot, massively outshone by occasional allies Iron Man and Thor.  It’s a surprise, then, to see him firmly entrenched within one of Marvel’s best films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier – a direct follow-up to The Avengers that’s as much part of the overall MCU as it is its own rooted and entertaining entity. Continue reading “Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)”

Review: Under The Skin (2014)


The fact that Jonathan Glazer hasn’t made a film since 2004’s Birth makes sense considering the massive undertaking adapting Michel Faber’s opaque novel Under the Skin proved to be. Years in the making, the film – starring a truly captivating Scarlett Johansson in the lead role – tracks an alien feigned in human skin as she prowl’s city streets in search of vulnerable men. What unfolds, as the alien assimilates bit-by-bit to her new surroundings, is a unique and unforgettable piece of cinema that won’t be to everyone’s taste. Yet those willing to work with Glazer’s deliberately sparse approach, rather than in opposition to it, will find a stirring and quite often delicate inspection of loneliness and sexuality that’s constantly heightened not only by the primitive visual style, but also by Mica Levi’s unnerving score and Scarlett Johansson’s unwavering, captivating and haunting lead performance.

Interview: Ken Loach And Cast Talk The Angels’ Share

To mark the release of Ken Loach’s Scottish-based dramedy The Angels’ Share, I was invited to Deanston Distillery, located a few miles outside of Stirling where most of the films interiors were set, to meet Loach, writer Paul Laverty and cast members Paul Brannigan, Jasmin Riggins, William Ruane, Siobhan Reilly and Gary Maitland.

The picturesque distillery provided an excellent location to chat to the attendees in three separate sittings: first with Riggins, Ruane, Reilly and Maitland about Continue reading “Interview: Ken Loach And Cast Talk The Angels’ Share”

Review: The Avengers (2012)

After laying hands on “the Tesseract” (a cube shaped source of energy capable of opening portals between worlds), Asgardian demi-God Loki (Tom Hiddleston) becomes hell bent on conquering Earth once and for all. Realising they don’t have a human army resilient enough to check his wrath, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls upon six individuals with superhuman abilities – Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – in a plan codenamed the “Avengers Initiative”, to Continue reading “Review: The Avengers (2012)”

Julianne Moore And Scarlett Johansson To Star In Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Directorial Debut

Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) have signed on to star in fellow actor Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut, The Playlist is reporting.

The actor, known for his roles in Inception and 500 Days Of Summer, will direct the as-yet-untitled film  – about a modern day Don Juan character who sets out to better himself as a person – from a script he wrote himself.

Moore, who received praise for her turn as Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change Continue reading “Julianne Moore And Scarlett Johansson To Star In Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Directorial Debut”