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The Aeronauts Review

The idea to reunite Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones is a solid one in theory, reuniting any pair that have proven themselves to have formidable chemistry can seem like a good idea in theory, but can be risky in practise. The last time these two were opposite each other on screen was in 2014’s The…

Sorry We Missed You Review

A few years ago, Ken Loach made waves with his film I, Daniel Blake; a damning indictment of the British benefits system under the Conservative government, well, three years later and his crosshairs are still very much focused on perceived injustices in modern day life. It’s hard to separate Loach’s politics from his filmmaking, and…

Doctor Sleep Review

Any director who willingly follows-up a film made by Stanley Kubrick is, to my mind, either monumentally brave, or self-destructive to a worrying degree. Not only are you following a classic, you’re following a classic made by one of the best to ever stand behind a camera. Having said that, it’s not a baseless sequel;…

Don’t Look Now Review

Happy Halloween, one and all! Guess how I celebrated the occasion? Why, I went to the cinema, of course! Not for any old film however, but a special screening of Don’t Look Now, considered one of the greatest horror films, and British films, of all time. I had never seen the film, I knew it…

Terminator: Dark Fate Review

Consider if you will the perils of being in charge of the latest instalment in a popular franchise. Will you please your reptilian studio head bosses by making a profit? Will you please the fans by producing a worthy instalment in an already strong series? Or will you burn the franchise to the ground and…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review

I’ll admit before we start that I don’t really ‘get’ Angelina Jolie. I don’t really understand how she is still as bankable and as liked as she is, when she so rarely makes an actually good film. Sure, taste is subjective, but I think it’s fair to say that she’s never been ‘great’ in anything.…

Official Secrets Review

The past few years have been good to us in terms of ‘journo-political’ thrillers – a term I just made up, by the way – of films based around investigative journalists and the real-life fallout from their groundbreaking publications. For a prime example, cast your mind back to 2015’s excellent Spotlight, which I consider the…