Film

 Melanie Hall

Review: The Family – Oh Robbie, You're Better Than This

Review: The Family – Oh Robbie, You're Better Than This

De Niro, Pfeiffer, Scorsese, Besson. What could go wrong? Well, most of it.

In essence, The Family is a film that holds to a darkly comic theme, but unfortunately has a sporadic tone that fails to hold it together. Filled with quips and humouring comments they pay little to the film as a whole. Form the trailer you think, “oh that looks good” – Which it does, but […]

 Angus Saul

Review: Captain Phillips – Hanks Sets Sail For Oscar Nomination

Review: Captain Phillips – Hanks Sets Sail For Oscar Nomination

In one of film's most unlikely sentences, Tom Hanks gets his boat boarded by pirates

“Listen up; we have been boarded by armed pirates. If they find you, remember, you know this ship, they don’t. Stick together and we’ll be alright. Good luck.” Directed by Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is the real-life story of how the Maersk Alabama became the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in over 200 […]

 James Morris

Review: Filth – Corrupt, Alcoholic, Bipolar, Brilliant

Review: Filth – Corrupt, Alcoholic, Bipolar, Brilliant

James McAvoy stars as a filthy cop in the latest Irvine Welch adaptation

When the role of Detective Inspector at the Edinburgh police force is open, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) believes he is perfect for promotion. Except, he is a corrupt, alcoholic, cocaine-snorting, bipolar, bigot and he will do anything to get this promotion to save his marriage. But the sex, drugs and lines-of-cocaine lifestyle starts […]

 Josh Hollis

Review: Gravity – Bullock Comes Full Circle (Or An Orbit, Whatever)

Review: Gravity – Bullock Comes Full Circle (Or An Orbit, Whatever)

Space is a place we were never meant to go. It is a brutal and totally inhospitable environment that hates all humanity and detests our very presence whenever we venture from our little lump of rock. We are simply not supposed to be there. And that ferociously hostility of space is one of the many […]

 Sarah Bailey

Au Revoir, Poirot

Au Revoir, Poirot

Au revoir, mon cher ami. Waving a final adieu to dear old Hercule was always going to signal a bitter ending. The pedantic yet brilliant, moustachioed sleuth shuffled his way onto our screens for the final time this week, but the ending provided more trauma than his fans (who hadn’t read up on it) could […]

 Kieran Murray

Review: Philomena – Coogan And Dench Take A Trip

Review: Philomena – Coogan And Dench Take A Trip

A true story directed by Stephen Frears featuring an odd couple for a good heartfelt story. Journalist Martin Sixsmith, played by Steve Coogan, plays a witty supporting role to the intelligent emotional character played by Judi Dench, Philomena. Sixsmith reluctantly takes on a human-interest story put forward to him about Philomena for a tabloid newspaper […]

 Josh Hollis

Review: The Counsellor – Desperately Beautiful, Impressively Dull

Review: The Counsellor – Desperately Beautiful, Impressively Dull

Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s The Counsellor is a film of choices and consequences. Or more accurately, the consequences of a single choice made by Michael Fassbender’s otherwise unnamed title character – a choice which causes events far outside his control, from which there is no going back. “You are at a cross in the […]

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