La La Land Review: A Masterpiece of Music, Magic and Melancholy

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Sometime in 2011 a little Rom-Com called ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ came out. It’s perhaps been both overrated and underrated in the years since, whilst it may be clunky and cliched, it also had a fantastic cast, a great script and some great scenes that subverted certain tropes.

What it’s perhaps best known for now is a tender scene in a bedroom where the hot guy and girl end up talking all night instead of bonking their gorgeous brains out. It’s a touching scene that, despite being dressed in Hollywood sheen, feels more relatable than the majority of romantic comedies. Continue reading

Silence Review: Pray for Silence and Great Hair

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I expected Silence to be this years ‘The Revenant’. A tale of faith and courage against the background of a harsh wilderness and harsher people. I expected Scorsese, of all people, to make a film that made 2 hours and 40 minutes feel brisk. I expected that the great reviews the film was getting were on to something, pointing to the appearance of a new classic.

Nope. Nothing like that. Continue reading

Arrival Review: Breathtaking and Beautiful

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Not since Up broke our hearts back in 2009 has a film made me cry, no, weep so much within its first five minutes. And Arrival doesn’t stop there.

From it’s achingly beautiful opening to the mesmerising, chilling first half and on to the jaw-dropping, head-spinning finale. This is a film that does for the alien invasion genre what The Girl with All the Gifts did for zombies earlier in the year and singlehandedly proves that 2016 has not been the death knell of cinema as the summer season had made some fear. Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: The New World

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I feel very lucky to have grown up with Harry Potter. I was three when the first book came out and seven when I saw the first film at my local cinema. I have memories of first discovering the books (coming to them with Azkaban) and my dad reading them to me then eagerly awaiting every single film.

By the time the franchise had wrapped itself up with Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011 I had finished school and was approaching adulthood. It’s fair to say that I don’t remember not having Potter in my life. Continue reading

A Street Cat Named Bob: Hooked on a Feline

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Based on the bestselling book of the same name. A Street Cat Named Bob is about James (Luke Treadaway) a homeless busker recovering from drug addiction who befriends a stray cat that gives his life motivation.

Like Trainspotting and a CBBC special had a baby. The wildly veering tone is to the film’s detriment, going from scenes of heroin overdose to cat based antics in a heartbeat. It’s a strange mix and it sometimes doesn’t work but you’d be churlish to admit that there’s not some good stuff here. Continue reading

Inferno Review: Laugh a Minute Comedy

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Daft, ridiculous and occasionally so bad it’s funny, Inferno is the third part in the Ron Howard/Dan Brown collaboration that will not win any praise for its complex story but survives because it’s sort of dumb fun.

You watch it cause you want to watch Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones run about Italy and point at paintings. If that’s what excites you then this is your favourite movie ever.

It’s not boring and I liked learning about Dante and hell, which may make me crazy but I’m not gonna turn my nose up at Tom Hanks on holiday. I love Tom Hanks.

Rating: C+