Red Sparrow review “Rarely entertaining, frequently repugnant”

Red Sparrow posterDirector Francis Lawrence and Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence (they are no relation, I’ve checked) aren’t a new combination when it comes to film-making.

In fact, Francis Lawrence may have kick-started the world’s love affair with the young actress after he directed her in the best Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire.

They both went on to finish the saga with Mockingjay’s two instalments and the rest as they say, is box office magic.

Here though, they both take on a very different project, aimed at a very different group of movie fans. Red Sparrow is the first hard-hitting thriller of 2018. But is it any different from the plethora of films already out there in the genre? Continue reading

Game Night review “Perfect popcorn comedy”

Game Night posterReading that Game Night is by the same guys that brought you Horrible Bosses may seem not sound like a selling point, and you could be forgiven in running as fast as you can in the opposition direction, but please, don’t let it put you off.

Game Night is a (moderately) witty, self-aware, screwball comedy with enough titters and twists to keep you entertained to the end. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein may have fallen short on Horrible Bosses (they only wrote the screenplay) but prove to be a winning combination in the director’s chair. Continue reading

Oscar Winners 2018 | Shape of Water triumphs

Oscars 2018Last night, the who’s who of Hollywood glamour lined the red carpet in Los Angeles for the 90th Oscars ceremony. Rewarding the films the Academy feel represent the very best we have to offer in 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

This year’s event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show took on new meaning this year with themes of equality and diversity taking centre stage. Of course, the #TimesUp movement still hung heavy over proceedings with numerous aims taken at Harvey Weinstein and the recent Hollywood sex abuse scandal.

The Shape of Water took home the most awards with Frances McDormand also winning Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. We’ve got the full list of winners below. Read on to find out who took home a coveted trophy.

You can also check out the winners of the 3rd annual Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars where nearly 1000 people turned out to vote. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars Winners 2018

Alternative Oscars WinnersForeword by Adam Brannon: The Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars have become a staple of the site over the last three years, and I’m so pleased that so many of you have got behind it.

I’m never been shy in saying that the Academy Awards aren’t my bag. Awarding films that the general public don’t necessarily watch in any great numbers, they seem to be in their own little world. Yes, they award technical brilliance, but the majority of movies nominated aren’t massively financial darlings.

This year, the Alternative Oscars became even bigger. Last year, we had 350 votes cast which at the time I thought was absolutely incredible. This year, we were just shy of 1000. That means nearly 1000 people shared their views on the best movies of last year. Without further ado, let’s crown this year’s winners!

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Early Man review “Stuck in the Stone Age”

Early Man posterAardman Animation and Nick Park have brought us some of the best stock motion animation over the years, from the likes of Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventures with Scientists and of course the Wallace and Gromit franchise.

They have brought together great British comedy that is relevant to both children and adults alike, and their films could even rival the likes of Pixar.

Now in cinemas is their latest project Early Man, a prehistoric story that looks at the early ancestors of our favourite Aardman characters. Continue reading