Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi | Spoiler-free Review

It’s too long by a good 30 minutes, feels like two films mashed together, has about five endings and it seems to be taking cues from the George R. R. Martin school of right-angled plot twists. Yet, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is an embarrassment of riches – overstuffed with good bits, fan-service, stories and twists.

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.

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: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

A decade after Peter Jackson became a household name with his (and partner Fran Walsh’s) screen adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the duo are preparing for another trilogy. This time, after years of on-again, off-again production woes and collaboration with one-time confirmed director Guillermo Del Toro, we’ve seen ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’…

Review: ‘Skyfall’

After the unsettlingly poor ‘Quantum of Solace’ in 2008, fans found little solace of their own in the prospect of another dud for superspy James Bond. Four years on, ‘Skyfall’ picks up the torch and redeems a franchise that always seems one film away from wearing out its welcome. Sam Mendes (‘American Beauty’) takes the…

Review: ‘The Master’

When boiled down, every Paul Thomas Anderson movie is about an outsider looking in. ‘Boogie Nights’ is about breaking into a scene. ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ is all about sitting outside normal human relationships and peering in. ‘The Master’ is a search for direction and place to belong. For a filmmaker who thrills at confronting personality flaws…

Review: ‘Shadow Dancer’

Not that things have ever been smooth-sailing for Ireland’s divided religious communities, but apparently the early 1990s were a fairly unpleasant time. ‘Shadow Dancer’, an adaptation of author Tom Bradby’s novel of the same name, follows Colette McVeigh, IRA member and young mother, as she is swept into the inner workings of MI5’s league of…

Review: ‘Dredd 3D’

Verdict: awesome. You can pretty much stop reading at this point if you want. ‘Dredd 3D’ is undoubtedly one of the strongest action movies of 2012, inventive in ways that will surprise you and pleasingly gritty and violent for fans of the 1970s comic book series on which it’s based. It also shares a plot…

Review: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’

This should really prove to be the ultimate hipster movie. It’s a great case of “Oh, Rodriguez? I’ve known about him for years now.” For the layman, like me, I had no idea. ‘Seaching For Sugar Man’ is a documentary that uncovers the bafflingly improbable career path of 60s-70s musician, Rodriguez – a solo songwriter…

Review: ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

Two time-travelling movies on big screens at the same time? That just happened—not that I’m complaining, particularly when they’re this good. Joining ‘Looper’ is the tonally opposite comedy with a warm, gooey centre, ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’. It’s a remarkable production, given the limited budget ($750,000 – which is tiny by most Hollywood standards) and the…

Review: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

It’s been seven years since hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, turning New Orleans into a muddy disaster area. Right now, as hurricane Isaac passes directly over the southern American states, punishing the coastline with surging tidal waters and pounding winds, it adds a surreal element of prescience to director Benh Zeitlin’s ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’….