“Sickly Sweet” Cinderella review

CINDERELLA   (UK CERT: U)

Director: Kenneth Branagh   

Music: Patrick Doyle

Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter


Taking a look through Disney’s back catalogue of animation is like a lesson in film history. From Snow White to Bambi and The Lion King to The Princess & the Frog, there’s something in there for everyone to enjoy.

However, the studio has in recent times, taken to reimagining its classics as live-action adaptations with last year’s Maleficent starting a generation that will include Beauty & the Beast and a Tim Burton directed Dumbo. The latest offering is Cinderella, but does it hold a candle to its animated counterpart? Continue reading

“A little soulless” Insurgent review

INSURGENT   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Robert Schwentke   

Music: Joseph Trapanese

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet


There hasn’t been a better time to be part of the Young Adult revolution. From Stephanie Meyer’s underwhelming Twilight saga to Suzanne Collins’ superb Huger Games trilogy and everything in between, there is something about this genre that audiences love to read and to watch.

Coming a little late to the party is Veronica Roth’s Divergent franchise. After last year’s bland debut, a new director in the shape of Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, Tattoo) takes on the second film in the series, Insurgent, but can it finally bring something to the table? Continue reading

“Neeson at his gritty best” Run All Night review

RUN ALL NIGHT   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra   

Music: Junkie XL

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman


It’s fair to say Liam Neeson has picked some decidedly dodgy acting jobs since his rise to become an A-list Hollywood action hero. From a disappointing turn in the most recent A Team movie to the laughably bad Taken 3, he seems to have been turned from fan favourite to the butt of so many jokes.

After January’s poorly received Taken 3, Neeson returns to give the genre another go in Run All Night, but does Jaume Collet-Serra’s intriguing direction return him to the top of the food chain? Continue reading

“A little rough around the edges” Chappie review

CHAPPIE   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Neill Blomkamp   

Music: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman


District 9 was a tough act to follow for first-time director Neill Blomkamp. His follow up to 2009’s sci-fi sleeper hit was the mediocre Elysium that whilst having a gargantuan budget and the likes of Jodie Foster and Matt Damon, failed on the most basic of levels – storytelling.

Here, Blomkamp returns a little wiser and much richer with Chappie. But does it hark back to the brilliance of District 9? Continue reading