“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

“An emotional goodbye” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 review

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (UK CERT 12A)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Music: James Newton Howard

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore


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By Adam Brannon

Over the last three years, The Hunger Games franchise has thrilled and delighted fans and newcomers to the series with its mix of wonderful special effects, a great cast and intriguing plots.

With the second instalment, Catching Fire, proving to be the best in the series, expectations for the finale, Mockingjay Part 2 were incredibly high. But is this the end we all wanted, and more importantly deserved? Continue reading

“Like a particularly lethargic sloth” The Lady in the Van review

THE LADY IN THE VAN (UK CERT 12A)

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Music: George Fenton

Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent


Cinema has a long lasting love of people having their homes invaded by unwanted intruders, and not just because that’s how most directors view anyone who tries to tell them their opinion on filmmaking. It’s because there’s a lot of different directions one can take with the drama and excitement of home invasion. The horror of Wait Until Dark, the brutality of Straw Dogs, the silliness of Home Alone, the potential is quite large. And now throwing in its own interpretation of this theme is The Lady in the Van, based on the somewhat true story of Alan Bennett’s relationship with a transient woman who parked her van on his driveway. So, how does he and the audience respond? Continue reading

“Dead behind the eyes” Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse review

SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (UK Cert 15)

Director: Christopher B Landon

Music: Thomas Newman

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes


Written by Adam Brannon

Written by Adam Brannon

We film-goers really can’t get enough of zombies. The brain-munching, cannibalistic horrors used to be the stuff of nightmares. But as our tastes became more extreme, the flesh-eaters managed to slip into the mainstream with genre-bending films at the forefront of zombie resurgence.

Christopher B. Landon brings zombies back to the silver screen with horror comedy, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Are we looking at a US version of Shaun of the Dead? Or something a little more dead behind the eyes? Continue reading