Fences

by Ryan Morris

Sometimes one exceptional performance is all you need to make a film shine. Even the dullest script and most mundane direction can be pushed aside if there’s just one person in that film that brings immeasurable life to it. Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, doesn’t just give us one masterful performance – it gives us […]

Silence

by Ryan Morris

Reviewing Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a challenge on par with enduring the film itself. I’d go as far as arguing that this is the biggest compliment I can pay this film.Silence is a feature that thrives on challenging its audience. The film wants us to suffer through lengthy patches of nothingness. It craves our undivided attention but […]

A Monster Calls

by Ryan Morris

One of the most frustrating things a film can do is have a third act so good that it feels as if the first two acts don’t deserve it. It means that when you leave the cinema you’re overflowing with joy or emotion or tension or whatever the film excelled in during its final stretch. […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by Jessica Keynes

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is set in a simpler time, before all the drama with ‘You Know Who’. Where the only magical trouble wreaking havoc on the no maj (muggle) world is a thieving mole, a frisky rhino, and… Oh yeah, a scary black mist destroying New York’s historical landmarks. Who are these […]

Suicide Squad

by Calum Aynsley

With Batman v Superman  getting mediocre reviews and a mixed reception earlier in the year, a lot of focus has been on the next film in the DC franchise. Hopes for many were high, as DC seemed to realise that their villains are far better Properties than the majority of their heroes and I’ll admit, even […]

Blended

by Maria Gallagher

Blended (2014) is a light- hearted romantic comedy directed by Frank Coraci and starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. You may be thinking that you’ve seen a film similar to this before. You are probably thinking of The Wedding Singer (1998) and 50 First Dates (2004)… Well I can assure you this film is completely […]

The Tree of Life

by Maria Gallagher

A film of life and meaning beyond it Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?… When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38: 4,7 The Tree of Life (2011) is a philosophical and unworldly film like no other. Although Terrence Malick (writer […]

Love & Mercy

by Jonathan Hunwick

A charming little movie passed under most audience’s radar last June, which is a shame, since its unique take on biography, presenting itself in parallel narrative, really enhanced the meaning behind the film, and left an impression on anyone who actually did see the movie. Love and Mercy is a biographical film from director Bill […]