King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I vividly remember coming out of last year’s much anticipated Batman vs Superman, and uttering the words “I don’t think I have ever seen such a joyless movie”, and for just over a year that held true: Until now. with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Richie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, The…

Lowriders

Lowriders

A young street artist in East Lost Angeles struggles to deal with the expectations placed on him by his father, a problematic brother as well as his own hopes and dreams in Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders. This film deals with a subculture that I know very little about and that’s what initially drew me to…

The Promise

The Promise

Terry George’s The Promise tells the story of a young medical student trying to avoid being caught in the genocide of his people during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Genocide is always going to be a tricky subject to put to film as it is obviously a very emotive subject. The events depicted…

A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

A reincarnating Dog tries to figure out what his purpose in life is over the course of several lifetimes with different owners in Lasse Hallström’s A Dog’s Purpose. Summing up the premise of this film makes it sound ludicrous and in some ways it is but that’s the beauty of fiction as far as I’m…

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…