Reviews / 14.05.2021

A director whose previous three films have been nominated for a total of 17 Academy Awards including two Best Picture nominations. A six-time Oscar nominee in the lead role plus two Oscar winners in the supporting cast. A screenplay from a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. A score by one of the most beloved film composers in modern history. A cinematographer with five Oscar nods to his name. All of these impeccable ingredients would suggest something truly special was on the way. Where, oh where, did it...

Featured, Reviews / 30.04.2021

After winning their umpteenth Academy Award for Best Animated Feature this week, Pixar continues to strengthen their stranglehold on the world of animation. They changed the game with Toy Story back in 1995 and have dominated the animated space ever since. But if there's one animation studio that feels like it could lay claim to Pixar's crown, it's Sony Pictures Animation and their dynamic production duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Their vastly underrated 2009 gem Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs hinted at the greatest that was to...

Reviews / 18.02.2021

Back in 2014, Rosamund Pike should have won an Academy Award for her sensational performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl. If not for the Julianne Moore "overdue" freight train, Pike would have easily waltzed away with that Best Actress Oscar. Seven years later, she's back with an equally icy femme fatale who would undoubtedly give Amy Dunne a run for her money. In J. Blakeson's terrifically entertaining and deliciously wicked thriller, I Care a Lot, Pike reminds us why she came within an inch of Oscar glory and...

Awards Season, Reviews / 26.01.2021

Back in 2018, Los Angeles Times freelance film critic Katie Walsh described writer/director Sam Levinson's Asssassination Nation as "a badly bungled attempt at social commentary." It's wildly ironic that very review forms part of the inspiration for Levinson's pretentiously smug Malcolm & Marie; an equally badly bungled attempt at social commentary. Filmed in the grips of coronavirus restrictions, it's an experimental film that ultimately feels like a film school project crafted one weekend by an overly-ambitious filmmaker and his two acting school buddies. This kind of restricted filmmaking is...

Awards Season, Reviews / 18.12.2020

In the gloomy days following the tragic, unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in late August, there was one ray of light that gave the world some comfort; Boseman would still grace our screens in one final film. That performance has finally arrived. And what a tremendous swan song it proves to be. As a cocky, hotshot trumpet player with a heavy chip on his shoulder, Boseman's last performance will indeed stand as his greatest. A dazzling showcase for two powerhouse performances from Boseman and a typically commanding Viola Davis,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 10.12.2020

Last year, it was Brad Pitt in Ad Astra. One year earlier, it was Ryan Gosling in First Man. And who could forget Matt Damon in 2015's The Martian and Matthew McConaughey in 2014's Interstellar? In 2020, it's George Clooney. Yes, we've finally reached the year's obligatory "sad man in space" movie. Alright, so Clooney actually remains completely earthbound in The Midnight Sky, but it's a space-themed film with a huge A-list star playing a miserable astronomer, so Clooney's latest directorial effort joins this club as an honorary...

Awards Season, Reviews / 02.12.2020

We're drawing closer to the end of a year we'd all rather forget, and what better way to say farewell to the flaming garbage pile that was 2020 than with a big, glitzy dose of Broadway musical magic. Alright, so that's not going to be everyone's answer to brightening up such a dark period of history, but, for those who love their musicals loud, proud, and extra-extravagant, The Prom is everything you need right now. Unapologetically campy and infectiously joyous, The Prom wears its enormous heart on its sleeve...

Awards Season, Reviews / 20.11.2020

In the six long years since his last feature film, Gone Girl, modern-day auteur filmmaker David Fincher has been more intently focusing on the medium of television than the big screen. Fincher helped produce and direct Netflix's masterful serial killer drama Mindhunter (which is now infuriatingly on indefinite hiatus) and dabbled in animation with Deadpool director Tim Miller on the cyberpunk anthology series Love Death + Robots. In an ironic twist of fate, it's highly likely his latest film will be seen by more people on a television...

Awards Season, Reviews / 30.10.2020

After 10 long years, the radiant legend that is Sophia Loren is finally back on our screens. At the age of 86, Loren ably proves time hasn't diminished her star quality one bit, as she effortlessly delivers one of the year's best leading female performances. Directed and co-written (with Ugo Chiti) by her son, Edoardo Ponti, the captivating The Life Ahead stands as the perfect vehicle for Loren's long-awaited return. As a fiercely independent woman with a heart of absolute gold, Loren dazzles like only she can, reminding...

Awards Season, Reviews / 15.10.2020

It's always a foolhardy task to offer a new adaptation of a story that already scored an Academy Award for Best Picture. The disastrous bomb that was 2016's Ben-Hur highlighted why it's a dangerous idea. Likewise with the disappointing All the King's Men in 2006 and the god-awful mess that was 2004's Around the World in 80 Days. We'll now have to wait another year to see if Steven Spielberg has somehow found a way to breath new life into ten-time Oscar winner West Side Story. 80 years after Alfred...