Live by Night

Starring: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana Director: Ben Affleck Running Time: 129 mins Synopsis: Returning to his hometown of Boston after fighting in WW1, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) finds himself drawn into a world of bank heists and violent crime. After crossing the wrong gangster by screwing his floozy (Miller) Joe winds up in prison….

Silence

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson Director: Martin Scorsese Running Time: 161 mins Synopsis: In the 17th century two Christian Missionaries (Garfield and Driver) sneak into Feudal Japan in order to locate their mentor Father Ferriera (Neeson) who has gone missing. It is a time when Christianity is outlawed in Japan and the two…

Assassin’s Creed

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons Director: Justin Kurzel Running Time: 115 mins Synopsis: Expecting to be executed criminal Callum Lynch (Fassbender) instead awakens in a strange facility run by scientist Dr Rikkin (Cotillard) who informs Callum that he is a descendant of notable assassin Anguilar from the Spanish Inquisition. She sends him back…

Top 10 of 2016!!

After a literal month of deliberating, debating and just plain getting frustrated, I’ve finally landed upon my top 10 of this year in the movie-verse. As I mentioned in my earlier countdown this year has been a treasure trove of nuanced, interesting and just damn awesome films. Cinema is dead my arse!! Now this top…

Carrie Fisher: The Force has gone silent!

I’ve always steered away from writing obituaries for lost stars. Not because I have felt a lack of sorrow, in fact this year has been akin to a G.R.R Martin style family gathering filled with pain and tears with Alan Rickman being one that particularly shook me. But more to do with the distance involved…

Top 25 of 2016: 25-11

There are some out there who claim that 2016 was a weak year for film, and to those people I’ll say this “you were not watching the right films!!” In constructing this top 25 of the year I had to shred at least 10 other films from the list, and I genuinely was one step…

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette Director: DJ Caruso Running Time: Too damn long!! Synopsis: After returning from self-imposed exile daredevil agent xXx (Diesel) races against time to find a deadly weapon called Pandora’s Box. Enlisting a team of fellow EXTREME agents, they travel the world, kicking ass and looking dope whilst doing it!…

Passengers

WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT! SERIOUSLY EVEN THE SYNOPSIS!! Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Director: Morten Tyldum Running Time: 116mins Synopsis: During a 120 year journey to a new Earth colony in a distant galaxy, the starship Avalon suffers a malfunction leading to the awakening of engineer Jim (Pratt) 90 years…

The Birth of a Nation

Starring: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union Director: Nate Parker Running Time: 120 mins Synopsis: An enslaved preacher Nat Turner (Parker) is shuttled from ranch to ranch by his drunken master Samuel (Hammer) to qualm fellow slaves and make them more obedient to their masters. Witnessing the horrors of slavery upon his kin Nat decides…

2016: The Defining Scenes

2016 was a very hit and miss year, but within it there were certainly some memorable moments. Although not a countdown list, these are what I feel are the scenes that defined this year, full as they are with big action, heartfelt emotion, belly laughs and in one or two sickening violence: Batman V Superman…