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Widows Review - Worth Seeing or Daylight Robbery?

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Runtime: 129mins | Director: Steve McQueen | Rating: 5 Stars
Had anyone told me that Oscar-winning Director, Steve McQueen, would end up making a film based on the humble 80’s British television show of the same name aired on ITV, I would have called them insane. Yet, here we are, with Widows currently on the silver screen.
Career criminal Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his gang attempt to pull off an impressive heist in Chicago, but this time, it doesn’t go their way. Soon, Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Amanda (Carrie Coon) find themselves husbandless and in debt to a dangerous gang whom their husbands stole from. Without any means to pay them, the widows enter a dangerous new world and attempt a heist of their own.

Now, I’ll admit that before watching Widows, I wasn’t that excited about it. It sounded like your generic heist blockbuster that we’re all too familiar with – essentially, a substandard plot with too many explosions and…

Halloween Review - Bloody Brilliant!

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Runtime: 104mins | Director: David Gordon Green | Rating: 4 Stars

Released in 1978, the original Halloween was an unexpected success. It had a low budget, yet the Director, John Carpenter, still managed to create one of the most harrowing and iconic characters in horror history – Michael Myers (no, not the guy who voiced Shrek).
Unfortunately, the original Halloween was later franchised and with each passing film, gradually got worse and worse due to increasingly ridiculous plotlines. In fact, there are eight direct sequels and two reboots by Rob Zombie – an unnecessary amount by anyone’s count. But, the fact these films got greenlit each time proves the popularity of the characters and the significance the original held.
If any of you have read my past reviews, you may know that I’m a big fan of horror. I love it. There’s something about that adrenaline rush you get and the morbid sense of curiosity you feel when you’re stealing glances at the screen through closed fingers that I love.…

First Man Review - Out of This World

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Runtime: 141mins | Director: Damien Chazelle | Rating: 5 Stars
Oh, Damien Chazelle… will you ever make a film that I don’t love? Probably not.
For those of you who don’t know, Whiplash is my favourite film. Ever. As far as I’m concerned, it is a masterpiece. Then, he directed La La Land, the infamously near-winner of the 2017 Oscars – another brilliant film.
But, rather than making me feel comfortable in his apparently safe hands, this just made me more nervous… “Can he really pull off a hat trick? Surely not…”
Well, I’m here to tell you that he did - First Man is a superb film and one you should go and see immediately.
First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) – no introductions needed – an engineer who sky-rocketed his career through NASA to become the first man to walk on the moon. But, of course, such a dangerous mission wasn’t smooth sailing…
And this is where First Man is truly stellar – building tension.



As shown in his directorial debut, Whiplash, Damien Chazelle i…

King of Thieves Review – Did it Steal the Show?

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Runtime: 108mins | Director: James Marsh | Rating: 2.5 Stars

The Hatton Garden Heist – one of the most infamous crimes in British history.
Why? Well, not only was £14million stolen making it one of the largest thefts ever committed in British history but even more astoundingly was the age of the men who carried it out – all of them between 60-80 years old.
Of course, given the amusing and unlikely perpetrators of the crime, the story seemed perfect for a cinematic adaption. Unfortunately, though, this wasn’t the case.
Entering it I had high hopes due to the phenomenal cast comprised of aged British legends – Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay and Paul Whitehouse. If we’re honest, you’d be hard pressed to find a better casting.
But, King of Thieves proves you can have the greatest cast in the world and still not steal the show. Unfortunately, despite the cast’s best efforts and undeniable charisma, chemistry and charm, the film fell flat.
For me, thi…

BlacKkKlansman Review - Spike Lee's Triumphant Return

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Runtime: 135mins | Director: Spike Lee | Rating: 5 Stars
As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, I’ve always had an obsession with America. Well, perhaps not an obsession, but a somewhat morbid curiosity.
To me, it has always seemed insane that a country can inspire so much hope in so many people whilst simultaneously preventing others from ever succeeding. Considering it’s frequently labelled ‘The Land of the Free’, America’s past is marred due to racism and slavery. What’s worse though, is that it is still a very real and relevant problem – and this is something that BlacKkKlansman highlights and tackles.
The film tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) – the first African-American to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. After several weeks working in the filing department, Ron hungers for something more adventurous. This leads him to call the Ku Klux Klan pretending to be a white supremacist and then verbally infiltrate their organisation. Of course, Ron realise…

The Festival Review – A Cinematic Headline or Support Act?

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Runtime: 98mins | Director: Iain Morris | Rating: 2 Stars
Without doubt, The Inbetweeners is one of the most iconic and beloved British TV series. It was hysterically funny, highly relatable and at its most basic, a brilliant coming-of-age story about four boys during their time at school. It made you laugh, cry and then laugh even more.  
So, when I saw that Joe Thomas, who plays Simon, was starring in a new film helmed by Iain Morris, the co-creator of The Inbetweeners, I couldn’t help feeling a jolt of nostalgic excitement at the prospect of a new, unbranded Inbetweeners escapade.
Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the case, and I was left disappointed.
The Festival begins with Nick (Joe Thomas) being dumped by his university girlfriend, Caitlin (Hannah Tointon). In an attempt to cheer him up, his bestfriend, Shane (Hammed Animashaun), takes him to a festival for a weekend of throwaway romance, music and mud. Unfortunately, Nick’s weekend of emotional recovery and rebounding i…

Ant-Man and The Wasp Review - A Worthy Infinity War Successor?

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Runtime: 118mins | Director: Peyton Reed | Rating: 2.5 Stars
Usually, any time that a new Marvel film is being released I get unashamedly excited like a small puppy. I’m a big comic book nerd and I’m not afraid to admit it. 

But, with Ant-Man and The Wasp, I wasn’t feeling it. How could I be? After seeing the hilarious and much needed Thor: Ragnarok, the cultural phenomenon and record-breaking Black Panther, and then the titular Infinity War which speaks for itself, it didn’t stand a chance.
That being said, I went in with an open mind hoping it would provide the palette cleanse so many reviewers before had claimed it would.
Unfortunately, it didn’t. 


Ant-Man and The Wasp was no palette cleanser - it was boring and forgettable with a few exceptions which made me exhale slightly harder than usual. 

The film begins two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War - the same time that Infinity War’s storyline occurs. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) finds himself bored under house-arrest after h…