LA LA Land | Movie Review

LA LA Land joins the ranks of other great, hard-working musicals that sit on the periphery of the cinema landscape, pulling big numbers and high praise in a refreshing reminder that superheroes aren’t the only people jumping around in spandex on screens these days.

Paterson | Movie Review (Spoiler-free)

There’s an old saying that you should appreciate the small things in life. These small things are where Paterson finds it’s meaning; that inspiration and happiness can come from the smallest objects or interactions.

The Accountant – Movie Review [SPOILER-FREE]

In his book Bambi Vs. Godzilla, screenwriting legend David Mamet puts forward an argument as to why we watch so many lacklustre, big budget Hollywood films: one time we saw a really phenomenal one, and ever since then, we’ve been “chasing the dragon”.

Doctor Strange – Movie Review [SPOILER-FREE]

I appreciate Doctor Strange—it tries really hard to hit all the right notes; it works to make you smile. Scott Derrickson had a tough gig with this one, I suspect—trying to sell audiences on the philosophy and magic of Marvel’s laconic wizard in a post-Avengers, post-Guardians of the Galaxy world.

The Grand Budapest Hotel: A review and study

*Author's note: As always, I have avoided spoilers – so there will be little discussion of the story itself. *   Wes Anderson’s work has a tendency to rub some people the wrong way. I will never understand them. They must see the world weirdly, in a different hue, to a different score. So does Wes, [...]

Review: Grudge Match

A film called "Grudge Match" starring Stallone and De Niro sounds like it would be dark, gritty, bloody, violent action film. The sucker punch is that it's actually a comedy with more emphasis on love and family. As an elderly comedic duo, Sylvester Stallone as Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp and Robert De Niro as Billy ‘The [...]

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It’s long – too long by a good hour. And the chroma key (green screen) moments still fly in the face of otherwise sterling production values. Why? Who knows. It deviates from the core story with lumpy stretches of exposition and wholly invents action scenes solely to provide popcorn-chewing moments late in the film. The [...]

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The long-awaited return of moustachioed lothario anchorman Ron Burgundy is a disappointment; it’s as forced and puffed up as his hairdo – a series of stitched together gags that form an incoherent story about the perils of manipulative media. It should know; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is all about manipulating old set-ups and leveraging [...]

Review: ‘Iron Man 3’

When Robert Downey Jr.’s opening monologue kicks in over 'Iron Man 3's smartly edited opening sequence, the standard is set for a tonally different Marvel Comics film adaptation. You can thank veteran action film director Shane Black for that. His previous catalogue reads like a how-to guide to crafting smart, sexy action – itself exactly [...]

Review: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Many of you will have already discovered, with some dismay, that ‘Paranormal Romance’ now constitutes its own section at your local bookstore. As a genre, it boasts such flagships as the ‘Twilight’ saga, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and, more recently, ‘The Caster Chronicles’ - the first instalment of which is ‘Beautiful Creatures’, the inspiration for a [...]