Skyscraper

A devoted father risks everything to save his family from a burning building overrun by criminals in Rawson Marshall Thunder’s Skyscraper. This kind of film is difficult to review purely because there isn’t an awful lot to say about it. On the surface it’s very much a vehicle for Dwayne Johnson to power through a procession…

Rampage

Three animals are exposed to an experimental pathogen and balloon up to city destroying size in Brad Peyton’s Rampage. Video game adaptations aren’t exactly cinematic gold. They are routinely met with mixed to negative reactions and are generally regarded as being an unworkable concept. My personal opinion is that for the most part they aren’t…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Hollywood delivers another long delayed sequel in the form of Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The original Jumanji is a serviceable if unremarkable adventure romp elevated by the presence of the late great Robin Williams. It wasn’t something that particularly needed a sequel nor was anyone really crying out for one. There was…

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…

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…

Moana

Disney bring us another Hero’s Journey with Ron Clements and Don Hall’s Moana; the story of a young girl who heads out to sea to solve the problem of dying food on her island. The titular Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is the daughter of the chief and the early scenes are focused on her understanding what…

Central Intelligence

Years after graduating high school, the former most popular kid in school reconnects with someone who was pretty much the opposite and is caught up in an intricate plot that threatens national security in Rawson Marshall Thuber’s Central Intelligence As stories go it’s horribly generic and you’ll be able to see every plot beat come…

San Andreas

Brad Peyton’s San Andreas casts Dwayne Johnson as a rescue helicopter pilot caught in a devastating earthquake as he works to rescue his daughter. We’ve all seen these types of films before. Large scale disaster movies with imagery bordering on the apocalyptic are almost a dime a dozen these days and their quality tends to…

On the Silver Screen – Hercules

Time for another version of Hercules, this time with Dwayne Johnson fulfilling the lead role and Brett Ratner handling directorial duties. This film is not to be confused with the Renny Harlin directed The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz from earlier this year as they are two entirely different entities. The story takes place…