Category: Movies

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Before I Fall

When hearing the genre teen drama one’s mind automatically thinks high school, cool kids and the awkward kid who is the underdog protagonist trying to fit into the superficial atmosphere they have to endure. Yes, these ideas are the basis for almost every teen drama film ever made, but Before I Fall is slightly different. While not being overwhelmed by cliches, they still remain somewhat present in the fabric of the narrative. Read more …

Kong

FILM REVIEW – Kong: Skull Island

There is a certain intrigue to the unknown. For years storytellers have crafted their pieces around the anticipation that precedes it, the letdown that can come of it or the fear that can follow it. It is a classic formula that has inbuilt suspense and seldom fails to keep the audience’s interest when told on a grand scale. Kong: Skull Island explores what happens when the unknown is both everything you’d hoped for but nothing like you could have ever imagined. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Live By Night

In a landscape where every second film released continues, sets up or reboots a franchise – there is something oddly refreshing about a movie that requires no prior knowledge or investment outside of the two hours of viewing. Ben Affleck’s newest feature, Live by Night, is the epitome of a standalone crime thriller, with rich imagery and an incredibly capable cast. However, in remaining coy and uncertain about how to handle its ties to the historical conflicts of the prohibition era, Live by Night risks detaching itself from achieving anything of real substance. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Moonlight

Moonlight is the black man’s Brokeback Mountain; less contrived, more intimate and powerfully thought-provoking. For too long has the queer narrative focussed on white voices, whether it be the aforementioned box office success or Blue is the Warmest Colour. Moonlight does justice to the complexities of the battle and struggles faced by millions of men of colour around the world in the clash of perceptions between queerness and hyper-masculinity. It details the coming of age tale of Chiron, a young and relatively poor black boy raised in Miami, a turned hardened man, coming to terms with his sexual identity in a world that expects him to reject seemingly feminine desires. Read more …