“There’s a great film in here somewhere” Allied review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyAllied review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 15

Director Robert Zemeckis has some impressive film credits to his name. From cult classics like Back to the Future to last year’s nausea inducing The Walk, there hasn’t been a genre his skills haven’t graced over the last four decades.

His most recent effort, Allied, sees the veteran director tackle the war genre with a film that certainly has its moments, but just how good is this wartime romantic drama?

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“Bright, smart and hilarious” Minions review

MINIONS   (UK CERT: U)

Director: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda  

Music: Heitor Pereira

Voices: Sandra Bullock, Geoffrey Rush


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

They’re everywhere! Minions have become a worldwide phenomenon since their unveiling in 2010’s smash-hit Despicable Me and for their return in its sequel.

It was only a matter of time before Universal gave their most successful animated franchise a prequel, and allowing it to focus on the cute yellow creatures was a masterstroke by the people behind the scenes. No matter where you go there is something minion related to buy.

But the question is, does a film based on them truly work? After all, it’s their evil master Gru who is the main focus of the previous features. Continue reading

“As solid as The Rock” San Andreas review

SAN ANDREAS   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Brad Peyton  

Music: Andrew Lockington

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Kylie Minogue


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Who doesn’t love a good disaster movie? From Dante’s Peak to The Day After Tomorrow, there’s enough city-levelling action in the movie archives to terrify even the most urban of us.

The genre came to a head somewhat in 2009 with the overly cheesy 2012. Directed by Roland Emmerich, aka the disaster movie king, it was a huge box-office success but audiences were turned off by the idea of destroying the entire globe.

After a few years off, the genre returns with San Andreas. But can this earthquake-based blockbuster evoke memories of yesteryear’s disaster flicks? Continue reading

Monstrous $100m opening expected for Jurassic World + new clip

The fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World is expected to open to bumper figures when it roars into cinemas next month.

The film, helmed by indie director Colin Trevorrow takes place 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s breath-taking Jurassic Park, which was released in 1993. Continue reading

“Cinematic Red Bull” Mad Max: Fury Road review

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: George Miller  

Music: Junkie XL

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

Up until a week ago, I was really looking forward to this film. Mad Max as a series has a criminally underestimated impact on our pop culture psyche thanks to its unique aesthetic. Everyone now knows exactly what they want to do in the event of the apocalypse; strap dustbin lids and S&M gear to our bodies. Continue reading