“Does it live up to the hype?” Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: J.J Abrams

Music: John Williams

Starring: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley


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By Adam Brannon

When it came to choosing a director for Star Wars: the Force Awakens, there really was only one choice: J.J Abrams. He had the difficult task of bringing the beloved Star Trek series back onto the big screen after numerous misfiring movies and did so with two near-perfect films.

With Episode VII of the sci-fi soap opera proving to be the most-hyped movie of the last decade, Abrams had a lot riding on this film. But does it live up to it all? Continue reading

“It could’ve gone so wrong” The Peanuts Movie review

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By Rob Stoakes

Despite being the most talented movie reviewer of our generation, I walked into The Peanuts Movie having no clue as to how it would fare. On the one hand, Blue Sky Studios haven’t made a film that was any better than mediocre since Ice Age, and if there’s one intellectual property that doesn’t need Hollywood’s “Simplify everything and stamp out all emotion” attitude towards kid’s movies, it’s Peanuts. But on the other hand… it’s Peanuts. Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip is one of the most sincere and darkly hilarious things ever created. Surely, Hollywood couldn’t ruin that, right?

Right? Continue reading

“Full of festive thrills and chills” Krampus review

KRAMPUS (UK CERT  15)

Director: Michael Dougherty

Music: Douglas Pipes

Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner


 

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By Adam Brannon

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or in the case of one typical US family, it’s not, as they face off against a whole host of festive monsters and ghouls, all serving their evil overlord, Krampus.

This horror comedy takes the genre to a whole new level, throwing in a nice dose of cheesy festive calamity for good measure. But will you be wishing for it on this year’s Christmas list? Continue reading

“Murkan values and apple pie” Bridge of Spies review

BRIDGE OF SPIES (UK CERT  12A)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Music: Thomas Newman

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda


 

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By Rob Stoakes

When it comes to film, the general public are always being portrayed as a load of big crybabies who run away from everything. Though, honestly, why not? When we’re not being stomped on by Godzilla, Loki is mind-controlling us with his evil magic and cute face, or were-vampire aliens are rising from the dead. No wonder we’re being portrayed as so panicky and frightened all the time; in the world of cinema, everything wants the public dead.

And in Bridge of Spies, the public is presented with the greatest threat of all; Russians. Continue reading

“Is it as good as Inside Out?” The Good Dinosaur review

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By Adam Brannon

2015 has been a great year for film. From long-awaited sequels to the conclusion of epic franchises, it’s been one of the best and most successful movie seasons in recent memory, and with Star Wars: the Force Awakens out in December, it can only finish on a high.

It also marks the first time that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Summer saw the release of instant-classic Inside Out and now animation fans get to enjoy another movie from the studio, The Good Dinosaur, but has Pixar bitten of more than it can chew? Continue reading