Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Guardians

The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to outer space with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2; the story of Peter Quill learning about his origins. I’ll start this by saying that I had issues with the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of them stemmed from my personal inability to connect with the tone. Everything…

Unforgettable

Unforgettable

A woman finds her life with her fiancé disrupted when his unhinged ex does everything in her power to make things difficult in Denise Di Novi’s Unforgettable. I went to see this film because I thought there might be some interesting ideas behind it. A better version of this would have played up the terror…

Rules Don’t Apply

Rules

Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply tells a disjointed story of a small group of young people caught in the orbit of eccentric Billionaire, Howard Hughes. The title of this film works on a number of levels. The most obvious being that Howard Hughes was so rich the conventional rules of society simply didn’t apply to…

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Zookeeper

Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true life tale of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, the former keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who were forced to relocate once Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The premise of this film intrigued me. I can’t think of many films where the effects of War on animals are explored to…

Lost in London

Lost in London

Woody Harrelson directs a semi autobiographical account of a very strange night that progressively gets worse as it goes on in Lost in London. Much will be said about how this film was done rather than the actual content of it. It was a really ambitious project as it was shot in a single take…

The Fate of the Furious

The Fast and The Furious franchise roars back onto screens this weekend with its eighth cinematic instalment, F Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious (F8, get it?).   Officially Universal’s most successful property, Fate commands the biggest budget of the series so far – a staggering $250m, almost seven times that of the original.  Many…

Table 19

Table 19

A group of misfits assigned to the bottom table of a wedding try to make the best of their less than ideal situation in Jeffrey Blitz’ Table 19. There was a lot of potential in this idea. Following the people at a wedding who aren’t important to the happy couple and get a polite invite…

Going in Style

Going in Style

Three old men decide to rob the bank involved in the deal that sees them deprived of their jobs as well as their hard earned pensions in Zach Braff’s Going in Style. Heist movies are fairly common things to find at the cinema. There’s are certain things you can always expect to see and the…

The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby

A young boy struggles to deal with the changes in his life when he finds himself with a baby brother who also happens to wear a suit in Tom McGrath’s The Boss Baby. This film is a really bizarre one as it seems to suffer from a fundamental identity crisis. The story itself follows the baby…

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

The popular and iconic anime receives a Hollywood adaptation in Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell. I’ll start by saying that I’ve had no exposure to Ghost in the Shell in any form before this movie so I’ll be completely unable to make any comparisons to the anime. I am aware of the impact it…