The Commuter review “Liam Neeson’s special set of skills return”

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Liam Neeson is this generation’s formidable action hero. From protecting his family in Taken and protecting his family in Run All Night, to protecting his family in Taken 2, and you know, protecting his family in Taken 3, Neeson is a family man if ever I’ve seen one.

Teaming up with director Jaume Collet-Serra for the fourth time, the rather excellent Non-Stop being their best work together, Neeson takes the action and moves it on-board, you guessed it, a commuter train. But does The Commuter work? Or are we starting to get derailed by these constant action roles? Continue reading

I,Tonya review “A middle of the road biopic”

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As we are reliably informed in the opening titles, I,Tonya is a story based on the “irony-free, wildly contradictory and totally true” interviews with shamed former figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie)  and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan). It’s a zany, offbeat portrayal of one of the most infamous sporting controversies that enthralled most of the western world in the last decade of the 20th century.

I,Tonya takes on a ‘mockumentary’ style framework mixing interviews with the key players and a chronological telling of Tonya’s rise and fall. The film plays in two acts; Tonya’s tough ascension through the world of figure skating and then the ‘incident’, the assault on rival Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya’s tragic downfall. Continue reading

Coco review “Has Pixar got its mojo back?”

Pixar's Coco posterPixar has been on something of a downward trend of late, and that’s something I never thought I’d say. As much as it hurts, films like Cars 3, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur just don’t cut the mustard when compared to some of the studio’s greats.

Movies like Up, Inside Out and Wall.E as well as The Incredibles, which we’re finally getting a sequel to this year, are up there with the best animations ever produced, never mind just from Pixar. Hoping to get back on the right track this year, Pixar has released Coco. But are we back up to scratch?

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review “Get this film plastered on all the Billboards”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri posterOscar season is upon us and January is the time when the contenders start coming to the big screen. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh deserves the recognition it is getting from the Academy if not for the best picture nomination, for the breath-taking performances from Frances McDormand alone puts this film in high standing.

The film follows McDormand character Mildred, who has had enough of the local police forces ineffectiveness to find her daughters murderer. So she erects three billboards, showing her disdain for the lack of work done. This causes a lot a controversy in the local town, causing the dismay of Woody Harrelson’s police chief Willoughby and officer Dixon played by Sam Rockwell. Continue reading