• The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★½

    The pacing of The Midnight Sky is so off, it almost comes to a grinding halt, the narrative is uninteresting, and nothing happens. There is a semi-emotional reveal at the end, however, by this point it was far too late. Very surprised to see the film was nominated for its visual effects, they weren’t anything that special, and the characters were like cardboard cut outs. Hugely disappointing.

  • Dog Soldiers

    Dog Soldiers

    ★★★½

    Dog Soldiers is Neil Marshall’s directorial debut, and he made a fun werewolf film. Relentlessly paced, filled with great practical effects, and the tension builds continuously towards the very end. Excellent camerawork making it feel very claustrophobic, and although the film is low budget and the look isn’t the best, it just works. An entertaining horror with a cool cast.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★★

    Groundbreaking animation from Pixar, Toy Story has truly stood the test of time. A wonderfully told story that any child or adult can connect with, memorable characters, and terrific use of music from Randy Newman. Casting Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz respectively is one of the finest ever decisions made in film history. Not a scene wasted, just pure perfection.

    'Pixar Project'

  • Body of Lies

    Body of Lies

    ★★★

    A rather formulaic story with things happening but nothing really happening. Limited action, very dialogue driven, and a  basic romantic subplot that brings nothing to the story. Body of Lies is shot well, it's engaging enough, but it's all rather dense. Leonardo Dicaprio basically saves this film as he is so watchable.

    ’House of Ridley’

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★★½

    Escape Room took me completely by surprise, fast paced, characters that that didn't feel one dimensional, and deaths that didn't rely on gore. The story creates a lot of tension, pending doom and the rooms are unique. The writing is quite weak, but overall the film is highly enjoyable and I'll look forward to seeing the sequel.

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★★½

    A sweet, heartwarming, festive modern classic. Will Ferrell is excellent as 'Buddy the Elf', a character that could easily have been annoying, but written so well and perfectly endearing. Elf is full of Christmas spirit, well directed by Jon Favreau, delightfully joyful and you won't stop me watching this film every year.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★

    Nowhere near as charming as I expected it to be, a thin plot stretched over more than two hours, and just didn't buy the relationship between Kate Winslet and Jack Black. I certainly didn't hate watching The Holiday, but the writing's lazy and it's just all too predictable.

  • The Rocker

    The Rocker

    ★★★

    The Rocker isn’t as silly as I expected, it’s highly amusing and has a bit of heart. Strong cast, and I’d 100% be a hardcore A.D.D fan!

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    The Last Duel is a riveting story told in three chapters, with excellent imagination to detail and editing. Littered with super performances from Matt Damon and Adam Driver, but especially from Jodie Comer who was outstanding. This film was made for a big screen cinema experience, and I’m truly gutted I missed this one. An incredible production, and hugely impressive direction especially the duel scene which was brutal.

    ’House of Ridley’

  • Queenpins

    Queenpins

    ★★½

    Queenpins is a watchable and serviceable film, whilst not breaking any boundaries. A fun cast including Vince Vaughn who is especially funny, however the third act is a little too long, and the pacing is off, which affected my overall enjoyment of the film.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    On a technical level, The Power of the Dog is outstanding, masterclass of acting from all involved, gorgeous cinematography and camerawork. A haunting score from Jonny Greenwood, and smart direction from Jane Campion. However, it's a shame the story doesn't quite follow suit. It's far from dull, and I liked it a lot, but I just wanted more from it.

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

    ★★★½

    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has fun campy humour, sexually charged jokes, and a silly story but it’s enjoyable. Elvira, a character I was aware of, but this was first introduction to her, she carries the whole film well, and is mesmerizing, infectious and a little endearing.