• The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

    For me The Fabelmans (2022) had to deliver, no question. A biopic about how the best filmmaker of all time found his vocation in life simply couldn’t become a forgettable footnote in what has been a glittering career. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. Steven Spielberg’s personal love letter to both his family and cinema produces bags of heart, emotion, drama and fun, common traits throughout all his filmography.

    Strong performances from Michelle Williams as Mrs. Fabelman (aka Mrs. Spielberg) and Paul…

  • You People

    You People

    ★★★

    What starts out as a promising take on multiracial relationships, hits a stumbling block two thirds in as the lines between a social statement and a run-of-the-mill Netflix comedy become blurred. There’s an attempt to pull it back during the last 20 minutes or so, but it doesn’t quite manage to recapture the essence of its subject matter that shines through early on, despite its impressive cast.

    Format: Streaming (HD)
    Platform: Netflix

  • If These Walls Could Sing

    If These Walls Could Sing

    ★★★★

    You might be tempted to think this is yet another Beatles documentary and who would blame you, but it’s really quite impressive the clientele that have gone through those doors to record music over 90 plus years. Good interviews and behind the scenes footage add to the film’s prestige and charm.

    Format: Streaming (Dolby Vision)
    Platform: Disney+

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★

    Going into this movie I knew a fair bit about the cast, but not an awful lot about the overall premise. Having heard the negative reviews and considering the running time, I feared the worst. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the experience as a whole.

    I’m going to get it out of the way now, it is unnecessarily long, but there are so many positives to take from Babylon (2022). The ‘talkie’ shoot was exceptionally well done capturing the teething problems…

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★

    Special Edition (1997)*

    ‘Darth Vader’s “Nooooo!” makes me want to beat the sh*t out of something.

    Format: Streaming (Dolby Vision)
    Platform: Disney+

    Special Edition Rating: ★★★½
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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ★★★★

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) is one of those films that force a retrospective overview once the concluding bombshell is dropped. Outstanding performances from all aside, notably Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, I spent the majority of the picture wondering where all this was going and would there be a sufficient emotionally charged reimbursement for my time. The answer is simply yes. Pure unadulterated drama.

    Format: Digital (HD)
    Platform: Sky

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    A stripped back almost play like adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tale. From a visual perspective I haven’t seen anything like it in years. The cinematography is exquisitely executed to the point it becomes the story’s narrator. I saw moments of possible influence from films like Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957) in the aesthetic of this picture, that did nothing other than enhance its appeal. The sets are stark yet effective with Joel Coen delivering an absolute masterclass in minimalistic storytelling.

    Format: Streaming (Dolby Vision)
    Platform: Apple TV+

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express

    ★★★½

    That last scene gets me every time.

    Format: Blu-ray

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  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★★★

    That whole segment where the Ghost of Christmas Present is replaced by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, is dark as hell. Fair play to Disney for seeing that through.

    Format: Streaming (HD)
    Platform: Disney+

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  • Christmas with the Kranks

    Christmas with the Kranks

    ★★½

    This literally would never happen in my street. No one gives a shiny shite about anybody.

    Format: Streaming (HD)
    Platform: Prime Video

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★★½

    I’m 99.9% sure that is the same street/set used for ‘Roger Murtaugh’s house in Lethal Weapon (1987).

    Format: Digital (HD)
    Platform: Sky

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  • Bradley Walsh: The Laugh's On Me

    Bradley Walsh: The Laugh's On Me

    ★★★½

    Some very funny anecdotes with a good selection of interviewees, make this relatively average documentary enjoyable.

    Format: Digital (HD)
    Platform: Sky