War for the Planet of the Apes

Apes

The saga started in Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes to an end in Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes. I’ve been a huge fan of these films since the first one. Taking a well known concept like Planet of the Apes and turning it on its head to focus…

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man

Marvel’s latest outing brings their most marketable character into the fold with Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. The level of anticipation for this movie was off the charts. I’m talking both as a fan of this character and the Marvel movies but also as someone who lives on this planet. Spider-Man’s extended cameo in Captain America:…

Baby Driver

Preview screenings are a blessing and a curse. The promise of seeing something before anyone else is so intoxicating that you almost always go, but as a result you can never be too sure on the quality of the product that is being used to entice you through the doors. So it was with some…

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers

Michael Bay brings us another dose of giant robot action in his fifth entry to the Transformers cinematic canon; Transformers: The Last Knight. Anyone who has seen any of these movies before this one will know the drill. Nothing about this is any different nor is there any real desire to reinvent what has come…

Churchill

Churchill

Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill follows Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the 96 hours before the D-Day landings that heralded the end of World War II. The biggest problem with biographical films is that the cradle to grave approach can be very limiting from a storytelling point of view. With a lifetime to cover it inevitably…

Gifted

Gifted

A man faces various challenges when trying to raise his genius level niece in Marc Webb’s Gifted. The story primarily focuses on Frank (Chris Evans and his niece Mary (McKenna Grace) with the core relationship being their combination of a father/daughter and an uncle/niece bond. This immediately stands out as being somewhat unique as Frank’s…

The Mummy

Mummy

Universal try to launch their own Marvel style Cinematic Universe using their classic monsters starting with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. By my count this is the third time Universal have tried to create a modern connected universe using their monsters with the first effort I, Frankenstein being a critical and commercial failure followed by a…

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

DC’s Extended Universe continues on with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman; the origin story of the character that was introduced in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. There was a lot riding on this film. Other entries in the DC Extended Universe have had a mixed reception and there’s the extra baggage of female led superhero…

Baywatch

There are times when you head into the cinema with no expectations at all, and those times should be cherished as they invariably bring an experience of strong emotion to your life, sometimes good, sometimes bad. It is with this in mind that Seth Gordon’s Baywatch comes to us. A remake that no one was…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

I had tried to make it along to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge last week, only for the IMAX projector to break. Thus, I had believed that fate had destined this current wringing out of the franchise for the last of its pennies had missed its chance of a review, Craig having vowed…