Category: Movies

The Wall

FILM REVIEW: THE WALL (2017)

Guns, Mind Games, and a Battle for Survival

Doug Liman’s new film, The Wall, is an intense character drama focused on Allan “Ize” Isaac’s struggle to survive while taking sniper fire shortly after the Iraq War. Following the killing of a number of American contractors working to construct infrastructure as the military presence in Iraq winds down, Matthews (John Cena) and Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are sent to investigate the remote desert site. The events of the film are kicked off with the shooting of Matthews, who lies in the open, while the protagonist shelters behind a dilapidated stone wall, attempting to stay alive and fending off the Iraqi sniper who has hijacked his radio. Read more …

The Big Sick

FILM REVIEW: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick is a heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining film. While it may not leave you with a extraordinarily visible emotional reaction, there is no doubt it will melt away your internal cynicism until you are – pardon the cliche – all ‘gooey inside’. In fact when it comes to a genre that is ridden with stereotypes and predictability, curing and pardoning the cliche is where The Big Sick triumphs.

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Dunkirk

FILM REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

Review written by Guest Contributor Lucy Jacobson and Connor Johnston

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Hope is a weapon. Survival is a Victory. 

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance as well as a series of other enormously talented actors, takes place during the evacuation of 400,00 men on the shores of Dunkirk during World War 2. An event so pivotal to the outcome of the war warranted a film that captured the scale, ferocity and brutality of Dunkirk; a film that Nolan no doubt delivers.  Read more …

Zookeepers Wife

FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Since it first began operations in 1928, The Warsaw Zoo has continued to be one of the most diverse and visited zoos in all of Europe seeing in excess of over one million patrons annually. From 1939 and throughout the 1940’s however, the zoo was visited by a far smaller crowd of people – who despite their numbers flatten all records since in terms of their significance.

Directed by Niki Caro; The Zookeeper’s Wife chronicles the sacrifices, challenges and heroism of the Jan and Antonina Żabińska – the park’s owners, who used the zoo to save and house hundreds of Jewish people from the horrors of the Holocaust. In its depiction of World War II, The Zookeepers Wife offers a deeply considered and unique perspective on the conflict that sources its power from its characters and their strength. Read more …

AllEyez

FILM REVIEW: All Eyez On Me (2017)

An abundance of dramatic biographies, such as Jimi: All Is by My Side and Get Rich or Die Trying, tell the ever-enticing narrative of how an icon, despite all odds, rose to stardom changing their lives’ and the lives of those around them. No biographical film could truly capture the enigma that was Tupac Amaru Shakur, nor has it been attempted. We know the story of how Tupac died, yet we are still eager to learn how the actor, rapper, poet and activist lived. Finally, 20 years after his death, director, Benny Boom, and Morgan Creek Productions undertook this challenge of creating All Eyez On Me. Read more …

Wonder Woman

ADVANCE FILM REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

“I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”

Audiences will be forgiven for approaching DC’s Extended Universe’s (DCEU) latest film with caution. Bearing on its shoulders the stability and success of a franchise that has consistently disappointed critics and audiences alike, Wonder Woman is also the first time a female character has taken the lead in a new age live action superhero movie. Rewardingly, director Patty Jenkins has been seemingly unfazed by the pressure of these expectations; presenting a film that effortlessly defines a new realm of success and prospect for a genre that risks overexposure and staleness with each new release. Read more …

Arthur

FILM REVIEW: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword

The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table remains one of the most recycled and reinterpreted narratives of all time. From television series such as Merlin, Camelot and Once Upon a Time; to feature films including Disney’s The Sword in the StoneMonty Python and the Holy GrailQuest for Camelot and even the upcoming Transformers sequel – there is clearly no shortage of Arthurian inspiration in the entertainment industry. It stands, that to truly make an impact among the ever growing sea of ‘round tables’ and ‘medieval heroes’ spawning from the same source material, a new feature film adaption would require something truly impressive indeed. For Roadshow’s newest blockbuster, it seems that they have found said winning ingredient with Director Guy Ritchie; producing a film that is both refreshingly unconventional and inherently entertaining. Read more …

Chips

Movie Review: CHiPs

From the earliest moments of the film, CHiPs sets to work delivering the snappy, light-hearted laughs it promises. A Maverick FBI agent undercover as a California Highway Patrol officer, partnered with the station’s oldest-ever rookie with a failing marriage and a sensitive side, is tasked with uncovering a ring of dirty cops connected to a string of deaths and heists. Read more …

power

FILM REVIEW: Power Rangers

In a time when it’s cool to be a nerd, the Power Rangers movie was one that flew under the radar of the superhero boom that let it come to be.

The movie delivers exactly what the trailers promised. It is essentially an extended episode of the original TV series. But for those that go looking, there is also an incredible amount of heart and more sophistication than would generally be expected in a movie about diverse superhuman delinquents fighting a sorceress that used to be a part of the team, but is now trying to bring about the destruction of the world. Oh, and that sorceress also has an army of clay monsters that she brought to life. Read more …

goinginstyle

FILM REVIEW: Going in Style

Comedies nowadays are usually partial to a restricted number of techniques if they have any hope of being successful via popular opinion. Consequentially the genre has largely suffered from a lack of originality, no longer being measured by the sharpness of a writer’s wit or the strength of an actor’s comic timing – but instead garnering its appeal from how ‘shocking ‘it can make its language, how ridiculous its establishing scenario can be and how trivially it can use nudity, violence and slapstick humour to stir its audience. Directed by Scrubs star Zach Braff, Going In Style returns to a refreshingly different type of comedy movie that very much takes a “back to basics” approach in terms of respecting its audience enough to aim to impress them with charmingly funny content rather than shock them with crudity.   Read more …

PATRIOTS

MOVIE REVIEW: Patriot’s Day

While other reviews might point out that Patriots Day didn’t stray too far into exploitative action thriller terrain, I very much beg to differ.

The 2016 film starring Mark Wahlberg as Boston Police Department’s Sergeant Tommy Saunders chronicles the manhunt of terrorist suspects accused of committing the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Patriots Day was a box office disappointment, raking in only $44 million of its $45 million budget. Perhaps this speaks widely of a new trend of movie goers – tired of the same old caricatures of white saviourism vs heartless brown folk. Read more …

BandB

MOVIE REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

Disney’s 1991 ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the studio’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Twenty-five years later and we have a live-action adaption directed by Bill Condon, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. There wasn’t a guarantee this could be done successfully, with a lot to be wary of in this CGI and live action combo. One of the largest challenges this film faced was to retain enough of the original content that made it popular, while also reworking or adding new material that allows the remake to stand as its own piece. And largely, I believe, Condon succeeds. Read more …