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…

Collateral Beauty

A grieving father struggles to cope with the loss of his daughter until he is visited by representations of the universe to help him deal with his grief in David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty. That’s what the marketing of this film wants you to think it’s about and it definitely isn’t about that. I’ve heard a…

Everest

Baltasar Kormakur’s disaster biopic Everest tells the real life story of a doomed expedition up the world’s tallest mountain by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) in 1996. Films that exist to capitalise on something that really happened are always dodgy territory as there’s always the risk of doing a disservice to the memories of those involved…

On the Silver Screen – Say When

Say When (or Laggies as it’s known in the US) is the story of a woman in her 20s who faces a quarter life crisis and escapes her life to reassess her priorities. The most irritating thing about this film is that it had a lot of potential to be something. Being a directionless 20…

On the Silver Screen – The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays historical figure Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, the story of how the famous mathematician solved the German Enigma code during the second world war and assured the Allied victory. Alan Turing’s contributions to history are nothing short of incredible, both as a codebreaker and as a scientist. His ideas about computers…

On the Silver Screen – Begin Again

Begin Again is the story of disgraced music executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo) who is at rock bottom in his life and career but finds inspiration when he meets talented singer-songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley) and throws himself into the project of creating an album with her. In terms of story and characterisation this film is fairly…