Film Reviews

Film Review: Summer in February

Film Review: Summer in February

  This period drama set on the Cornish coast is centred around a tragic love triangle in the Edwardian artists’ scene. Timid Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) and wild, eccentric artist AJ Munnings (played by Dominic Cooper, known for The Duchess and Fleming) fall in love with beautiful Florence Carter-Wood, played by Emily Browning […]

Film Review: The Great Gatsby

The director of Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, Baz Luhrmann, brings us a sleek looking adaptation of a F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. The narrative is framed within the memories of Nick Carraway; a failed writer from the mid-west of America, who moves to New York in the 1920’s – to pursue a career […]

Film Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

Film Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

When Blue Valentine came out in 2010, it was a very impressive piece of work and established an ‘almost’ classic contemporary version of Americana indie film-making and made whatever Derek Cianfrance did next a real centrepiece of attention. In his latest slice of pastel America, The Place Beyond the Pines, he is shifting and even […]

Film Review: Spring Breakers

Film Review: Spring Breakers

  Gummo director Harmony Korine brings us a stylish thriller full of nudity and inebriation in his latest film Springbreakers. Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachael Korine) are four university students in search of an escape from their mundane life on campus. They see their chance in the form […]

Film Review: Trance

Film Review: Trance

  From the brains behind the Olympic opening ceremony last summer comes an intriguing psychological thriller with enough mind boggling twists and turns to leave you exiting the cinema in a bit of a trance yourself. Danny Boyle returns to familiar ground with a film that begins with an audacious art heist, of the painting […]

Film Review: Reincarnated

Film Review: Reincarnated

Editor of Vice magazine Andy Capper makes his directorial debut with a documentary that recounts Hip Hop legend, Snoop Dogg’s journey from renouncing the violence filled music that made him famous, to making peaceful reggae music and his conversion to the Rastafarian religion.  The documentary does partly explore his motivations behind changing his lifestyle so […]

Film Review: Maniac

Film Review: Maniac

The original Maniac is a grimy affair, covered in a crust of cum and blood it has a deserved reputation of being totally unpalatable. It is however an interesting concept and it does push your buttons, and with this modern revamping, it is at least equally horrible, but instead of covered in a crust, it is in […]

Film Review: Welcome to the Punch

Film Review: Welcome to the Punch

From Writer/Director Eran Creevy, better known for his 2008 crime drama Shifty, comes a slick looking British thriller in the form of Welcome to the Punch. When ex-con Jacob Sternwood (Strong) returns to London from his hideout in the Icelandic wilderness, due to his son being involved in a heist that goes wrong, policeman Max […]

Film Review: Side Effects

Film Review: Side Effects

    In what’s rumored to be Steven Soderbergh final film comes a physiological thriller that’s twists and turns constantly and may have you leaving the cinema with a bit of a headache.  First coming to the attention of the filmmaking community with his Palme d’Or wining film Sex, Lies and Videotape; Soderbergh has had […]

Film Review: Stoker

Film Review: Stoker

Visionary South Korean director,  Chan-Wook Park – famed for his 2003 film Oldboy, takes his debut plunge into the English speaking pool with a tale of grotesque sexual fantasy and morbid carnage adapted from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 suburban nightmare, Shadow of Doubt. After the death of her beloved father, the dejected India (Wasikowska) and her […]