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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…

Projected Film - Mission: Impossible - Fallout Review

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Runtime: 147mins | Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Rating: 4 Stars
Arguably, the Mission: Impossible franchise is the quintessential action series – it contains every stereotype under the sun. Big explosions, dramatic set pieces, and, of course, iconic music which gets stuck in your head any time you do something even remotely daring.
That being said, the first three films were fairly hit and miss. Unusually, however, rather than continuing in a downward cinematic spiral, the Mission: Impossible films have done nothing but drastically improve in quality since, leading to arguably the strongest in the franchise yet - Fallout.
Following the capture of Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the leader of a terrorist organisation called ‘The Syndicate’, two years ago in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, an extremist branch of the remaining Syndicate members have renamed themselves ‘The Apostles’. In this instalment, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is given the seemingly impossible task of stopping The Apo…

Review - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Unfortunately…

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Runtime: 114mins | Director: Ol Parker | Rating: 1.5 Stars
It’s rare that a film comes out that I have zero desire to see. Usually, even if it’s a film that isn’t my cup of tea, I’m willing to go and see it in the hope that it will exceed my expectations.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go again was not one of these films. In fact, it’s the closest I’ve ever come to refusing to see a film point blank. Somehow though, I managed to endure seeing it (after a lot of coercion).
So, was it worth the suffering I hear you ask? No. No, it was not. It was every bit as terrible as I expected it to be.
Now, before I begin slating this movie, I feel it’s important to stress that I can at least understand why people may like this film even if I hated it myself.
Both Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are films that, if you’re of a certain demographic or disposition, will unfailingly fill you with joy. They’re a spectacle, they pump you full of rainbows and optimism and they’re exceedingly camp, which some…

Call Me By Your Name Review - The Greatest Romance of 2017

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Runtime: 132mins | Director: Luca Guadagnino | Year: 2017 | Rating: 5 Stars

Earlier this year during the Oscars, Call Me By Your Name was the only Best Picture nomination I hadn’t managed to see through no other reason than a lack of time. I was desperate to see it, however, and I am pleased to report that I now have!
Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who lives in rural Italy with his bourgeois parents - one of whom is a respected American professor (Michael Stuhlbarg). Each summer, his father routinely invites a graduate to intern with him and aid him in his research - this year, 24-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer) stays with Elio and his family. Despite their differences, as the summer goes by and they spend more time together swimming, eating, reading and cycling the pair soon realise they don’t just have a beautiful friendship together, but are also in love.


Call Me By Your Name is a charming film for …

Hereditary Review - Should You Believe the Hype?

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Runtime: 127mins | Director: Ari Aster | Rating: 3.5 Stars
As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, I’m a huge fan of horror – both classic and modern. Unfortunately, though, the modern horror currently seems to be stuck in a state of decline.
Sure, you get the odd success every now and again – The Babadook, The Descent, Rec, etc. But, overwhelmingly, they have become predictable, reliant on jump scares and unoriginal – a prime example of this being the last horror film I reviewed – The Strangers: Prey at Night, which received my first 1 Star review.
Hereditary, however, (as with most horror films being marketed) was pegged as ‘the scariest film in decades’. Usually, I’m wildly distrustful of these superlative filled claims as they only lead to disappointment. But when critic reviews started being released which generally were positive, this baited my interest – “Perhaps Hereditary will be one of the rare modern successes?” I thought to myself.
So, was it a success, or was it the usual drivel…