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…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn Director: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 132 mins Synopsis: During a time of galactic turmoil in which the rising Rebellion wage war against the evil Empire, rumours gather that the enemy is building a new superweapon. Jyn Erso (Jones), a young rebellious fighter herself, finds herself drawn into this…

2016: The Year that…

My review of the year that is 2016 was meant to have started earlier than this, but alas time, work and my own foot dragging has led to it starting now. Currently attempting to build my top 25 of the year, as well as a run down of top moments, scores and many more, but…

Another look at some 2017 biggies!!

After the debut of Spidey and Apes the other day we now have our first look at some other HUGE films for next year. First up is a more thorough look at one of my favourite director’s next potential masterpieces, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Following on from a brief but effective teaser back in the summer,…

Lion

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara Director: Garth Davis Running Time: 120 mins Synopsis: Young Saroo lives an impoverished but happy life with his brother, sister and mother in India. After an unfortunate series of events he finds himself on a train thousands of miles away from home. Taken in by an Australian couple…