Awards Season, Reviews / 23.10.2020

Children's films occasionally have a knack for delivering nightmare-inducing scenes that haunt you for a lifetime. The boat ride in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The "Pink Elephants on Parade" musical number in Dumbo. The flying monkeys of The Wizard of Oz. But the one that has always stuck with this film critic is the traumatising moment in 1990's The Witches when Anjelica Huston's Grand High Witch literally peels back her face to reveal the horrifying demon lurking underneath. It's an iconic sequence that likely had parents...

Reviews / 09.05.2019

After several release date pushbacks and a title change (its working title was Nasty Women, a now outdated reference to one of Donald Trump's many insults thrown at Hillary Clinton), The Hustle finally plods into cinemas this week. A female-centric remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was itself a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story), the film attempts to flip the script and allow the women to take the spotlight as the shrewd con women in charge. While there is great chemistry between the two leads, Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, and...

Reviews / 08.06.2018

Every now and then, a film comes along which you could probably pick to shreds but wisely stop yourself from doing. Last year, that was Bad Moms Christmas. This year, it's Ocean's 8. That's not to say either of these films are inherently "bad" movies. It's just neither are particularly inventive or original. They're not something you'd call groundbreaking. And they suffer from glaring plot holes and narrative missteps. However, both are so much damn fun, it seems unnecessary to demonise their mistakes, given the entertainment joy they deliver to...