Film Reviews

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Wonder Woman was spot on! Great action and effects, great everything. Feel empowered! 5/ 5

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 The cuteness of baby groot almost over  shadows everything else, however everything else is fantastic too! The characters we had come to love from the first film bringing us action and emotion, with plenty of laughter, the opening scene is mint! 100% entertained. Stay for all the extra clips during the credits too. Fave film of all time! 5 million /5

Directed by the director of the brilliant Sightseers, Ben Wheatley’s new action film Free Fire isn’t very good, because its just about a group of people who meet up in a warehouse, argue over absolutely nothing & then shoot each other for no reason. what so ever, yes some of the action is good & the cast really do try there best to act & have fun. but its really let down by its terrible story, boring setting & same old shootouts throughout. disappointingly, just don’t bother. 2 /5
Dabion

Logan… oh my goodness, what a film Logan turned out to be. a emotionally well acted & scripted film, with brutal & gory. but fantastic action. with humor in the right places. loads better then the previous two Wolverine films & in my opinion, a end of a era & perfect end to the X-Men Movies series. this film franchise will be missed. 5 /5
Dabion

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may have suffered from some bad editing in places, Ruby Rose was good in the scenes, that she was in (but she wasn’t in many). also Shawn Roberts portrayal of Wesker didn’t do much this time around, the film was still entertaining & held your attention enough. with good action scenes, some good special effects, cool looking monsters & especially Jack Taylor’s Iain Glen who out acted most of the cast (sorry Milla lol). its not as good as Apocalypse or Afterlife. but definitely better then the rest of them, especially the awful Retribution. not the best, nor the worst installment in the series neither. but thank goodness Paul W.S. Anderson can finally move on from this franchise & make something else, hopefully. 3 /5
Dabion

T2 Trainspotting 2 was absolutely brilliant, it wasn’t just better than the original. It’s not just one of Danny Boyle’s best films to date. but it is also one of the best british films ever made in recent years, because it is relevant to the here & now. the performances from the main original cast have matured with age & are powerfully outstanding & darkly funny. this film deals with bad past mistakes & how you can make up for them today, in a positive way. The soundtrack mixes the original’s well along with some new tracks beautifully. plus it talks about the old times that has made us humans today, while catching up with new trends & it’s the best reunion film since Scream 4. Definitely choose life & go see it, superb. 5 /5
Dabion

Trolls was very similar to the Smurfs films and not quite as good, still a good family film with plenty of colour, songs and laughs along the way  3.5 /5
Karen

Storks started off really well, with great charismatic & very funny characters. a good soundtrack & a buddy adventure. but midway through, it sadly gets boring & its message about bringing up baby’s & taking responsibly is so tedious & shoved in your face. mainstream animated films are nothing like what they used to be. 2 /5
Dabion

SwissArmy Man is bizarre and unique with many funny moments. This film is a gobsmacking experience you most likely wont have had before or ever again, and for that reason I urge you to watch it! It did leave me feeling a bit confused at the end though. 3.5 /5
Karen

Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was really good Daniel (14yrs) It was amazing! Keenan (10yrs) Bit gruesome in places but in a funny way, my fave Tim Burton film Karen 5 /5

Kickboxer: Vengeance was definitely how to reboot a film properly, especially a classic martial arts action film. with brilliant performances by Alain Moussi & especially by the original’s star Jean-Claude Van Damme & House of the Rising Sun’s Dave Bautista. the story equally has more impact, fun & an emotional core, with the action sometimes brutally realistic & bloody. the only downside was that Gina Carano wasn’t in it enough, but besides from that. it’s still a brilliant reboot to an already kickass original & I can’t wait for its sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation. 4 /5
Dabion

The new Blair Witch sequel/reboot I have got to honestly say, was controversially better then the boring 1999 original. just by a fraction, because it has a little bit of blood added, you feel that the Blair Witch herself is there. along with some supernatural elements, you care about its characters more. because you feel that they have gone through hell with them covered in blood & dirt & its like a first person Silent Hill game. But the film still has the same enough slow thought provoking character building like in the start of the original, which might feel samey for old fans, while new fans might find that a little boring. but for me it this was the perfect mix & if this is the new direction for these films from now on, please take me back into the woods. 3 /5
Dabion

Bastille Day aka The Take (for its uk dvd release) was a gripping action film, which dealt with tough themes set in Paris. but don’t worry Luther’s Idris Elba & Game of Thrones Richard Madden are here to save the day from the bad guys, cracking chemistry between them both & the action felt gritty & similar to The French Connection. 4 /5
Dabion

Suicide Squad is an absolute belter of a film, it had the dark messed upness of Batman Returns & similar character chemistry of Con Air. a brilliant story, fantastic soundtrack & amazing & fun performances. especially from Jared Leto who I think plays the best Joker ever since Jack Nicholson. Cara Delevingne is absolutely fabulous as The Enchantress. Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie & others has a ball with themselves. plus great support from Scott Eastwood, dark humor & two awesome dc hero cameos. I can’t wait for the sequel, Ben Affleck’s first solo Batman film & of course Justice League. 4 /5
Dabion

The new Pete’s Dragon remake may not be nothing compared to the original. but it sure was a pretty decent & charmingly well made & definitely one of the better live action Disney remakes. with a very different, but really nice story. great performances. lovely & realistic fur effects on Elliott the dragon dragon. plus it has some great little nods to the original. 3 /5
Dabion

Ghostbusters is a pretty damn fun ride. No, it’s not got anything on the 1984 classic at all. But as I predicted it isn’t the disaster that the first trailer made it out to be, it manages to stand strong on its own and it knows what it wants to be, I did enjoy it more than ‘Ghostbusters II’, and quite frankly, I hope it does well at the box office because if it bombs it’ll be for all the wrong reasons. 3.5 /5
Will

What a absolute fantastic film X-Men: Apocalypse was. just WOW! This 6th installment to LGBT community’s answer to a mutant soap opera, just blew me away. with it’s superb storytelling, direction, action & special effects. Especially its performances, even ones I felt were improved this time around. It nods to its 80’s setting, including it’s soundtrack was great. It had some small touch’s of good humor too. I became a emotional wreck by the end of it (but in a good way). It was like X-Men: The Last Stand’s climax all over again, plus it tied up the six films up nicely & came full circle. Truly X-Amazing! 5 /5
Dabion

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie gives us the sparkling return of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, two high society socialites who have to go on the run when Eddie is suspected of murdering Kate Moss. The film very much took on the same form of the TV show, complete with bizarre visions and out of touch ramblings from our two leading ladies, and it’s safe to say the relationships, notably that of Eddie and long suffering daughter, Saffron haven’t changed much in twenty years. Another nice touch was bringing back on and off recurring cast members from the original series such as June Whitfield, Kathy Burke and Christopher Ryan to join the regulars. The Ab Fab movie is a trip down memory lane for people who watched the series first time round, but I wouldn’t recommend watching it without having seen the series as it definitely follows on. 5 /5
Jack

The Boss we watched as a family, although it was too rude for my youngest who is 10, the rest of us really enjoyed it. If you are a Melissa McCarthy fan you will enjoy it and it’s everything you would expect it to be. It’s not her best film though, I preferred Heat. 3.5 /5
Karen & Fam’

Gods of Egypt was an absolutely fantastic & fun historical action fantasy adventure with amazing action scenes (featuring gold blood) & some very good effects. there’s great chemistry between Nikolaj Coster Waldau & Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler plays a brilliant villain (he’s much better in this film, then in 300). you can just so tell that Rufus Sewell & Chadwick Boseman had a cracking fun time in their roles. the humor is great too, because its similar to the humor from Hercules & the Legendary Journeys tv series. which works very well, the direction is excellent from Dark City & Knowing director Alex Proyas. plus with some of its monsters fighting in some scenes, it reminded you of the good old days of Sinbad & the Eye of the Tiger & the original Clash of the Titans. plus a touch of Immortals, you will definitely have a good time! 5 /5
Dabion

Warcraft I definitely really enjoyed, which was excellently directed by Source Code director & David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones. with superb battles, big awesome Orcs. amazing musical score & very good performances by Vikings Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper & especially Ben Foster (actor). if you loved The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you might like this. Well at least this film is way better then Avatar. 4 /5
Dabion

Money Monster is pretty darn good. It’s incredibly relevant to modern times and financial issues that face us today. Combine that with great performances from George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell along with some fantastic direction from Jodie Foster and you’ve got a recipe for success. 3.5 /5
Will

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was so fulfilling & satisfying for a turtles film, far much better & faithful then the 2014 film. its the sequel the original 1990 film, should have had. brilliant direction by Earth To Echo director David Green, plus references to the original films & animated series. the introduction to Krang (excellently voiced by The Pacifier & Music and Lyrics Brad Garrett), Beebop & Rocksteady & the Technadrome was amazing & most of all it had heart & was emotional. as much as I would love to see another film. I think this one has made me happy enough for it to class it as the end, definitely turtle power. 4 /5
Dabion

The Nice Guys, a smart, witty, unique comedy that is incredibly engaging from start to finish. Ryan Gosling absolutely NEEDS to get nominated for best actor at the oscars next year because he was so funny and Russell Crowe I could actually see becoming the next Liam Neeson action star. I urge you to go see it as soon as it comes out! 4 /5
Will

Bad Neighbours 2 was alright, it did have some very funny moments. Chloë Grace Moretz was great in it, Zac Efron was shirtless & Dave Franco came out in it. 2 /5
Dabion

Angry Birds Movie, is very funny from start to finish and appeals to all ages.  If you can cope with sharing a cinema with lots of young kids I urge you to go see it! If not, wait for the dvd release, but see it you must!!  We went as a family (2 adults, a teenager and 10 year old), everyone scored it 5 /5
Karen, Craig, Dan & Keenan

The Jungle Book was a faithful & entertaining fifth live action film adaptation, with enjoyable voice acting & great uses of two classic songs. but I still much prefer the 1994 film version starring Jason Lee, the best. 3 /5
Dabion

Deadpool for older fans of superheros, this is the part of the marvel cinematic universe you’ve been waiting for them to create. Deadpool takes the mick in every single way. Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds plays the loveable reborn vigilante here, fighting “a British villain” (Ed Skrein) and trying to return to normal after an experiment changes him forever. Deadpool occasionally deals with serious issues with humour, but it’s mainly the good guy fighting the bad guy. Very funny overall! 4 /5
Jack

Daddy’s Home is a loveable comedy about the rivalry between a step father and the real dad that is a bit below the belt to be a whole family friendly comedy but too tame to be adults only. This middle ground approach is something consistent with comedic devices and humour through the film and nothing is too extreme. It is the reason why I would say the film is average. It’s not spectacular and the next best comedy, but if you’re looking for a pick me up it isn’t half bad. 3 /5
Jack

The Heart Of The Sea was mediocre. 3 /5
Jack

Creed could very-well be the best boxing film since the original ‘Rocky’. Its characters are vastly rich and compelling thanks to the combination of a fantastic script and incredible actors, its direction is the best that the ‘Rocky’ franchise has ever had and the tone it sets is perfect enough to call itself a spin-off set in the same universe as ‘Rocky’s I-VI. I give ‘Creed’ 4.5 /5
Will

Star Wars: The Force Awakens could very-well be the best ‘Star Wars’ movie we’ve had since ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. It successfully manages to re-introduce us to the ‘Star Wars’ universe and lay out the groundwork for this new trilogy that’s sure to bring us a lot of great things. Kylo Ren is easily the best antagonist the franchise has had since Darth Vader, Rey, Finn and Poe make for incredibly likeable and complex characters who are easy to root for (thanks to incredible performances) and returning characters Han Solo, Chewbacca and Leia Organa could very-well the best they’ve ever been here. I’m usually not a fan of J.J Abrams’ work, but I’ve always admired how good he is at visual directing and that comes into play here and it compliments the brilliant story told incredibly well. I very much look forward to ‘Star Wars’ Episodes VIII and IX. I give ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ 4 /5
Will

The Hateful Eight was one of the most awfully boring films, I’ve ever seen in ages. it was absolutely terrible, its one of Quentin Tarantino’s worst films to date. it had mostly talking in a cabin for nearly three hours of its whole running time. Channing Tatum was the only best thing in it. 1 /5
Dabion

The Danish Girl was a truly outstanding & emotional story of transgender identity & sexuality. featuring amazing performances, especially by Eddie Redmayne doing his greatest Quentin Crisp impression ever. 4 /5
Dabion

————————– DVD Film Reviews ——————————

John Wick: Chapter 2 was a pure fist smacking, bullet filled & car smashing action sequel. that betters its original, Keanu Reeves once again is superb as the title role. Ruby Rose is especially excellent as a deaf villian too, plus this time its even more realistically gritty. a phenomenal action film, but definitely not for the squeamish. cant wait for part 3! 5/5 Dabion

The Lonely Island’s part comedy, part music mockumentary film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping definitely did what it set out to do, with very funny original parody songs. guest cameos, clever & grown up humor. was strangely inspirational & had a great message. I loved it. 4 /5
Dabion

Eddie the Eagle was a very funny British ski-jumping version of Cool Runnings, with cracking fun performances, great direction by Sunshine on Leith director Dexter Fletcher. a brilliant soundtrack & most of all a positive message of not giving up on your dreams & keep on trying & trying. Fantastic stuff. 4 /5
Dabion

Tomboy is a excellent dark thriller, featuring a amazing performance from Michelle Rodriguez as a transgender assassin Frank Kitchen, who sets out for revenge on the gangsters who double crossed him & the surgeon who transitioned him (also amazingly played by Sigourney Weaver). it’s Walter Hills best directed film todate, along with 48 Hours. Trespass & Last Man Standing. definitely recommend. 4 /5
Dabion

Hard Target 2 was a absolutely brilliant sequel, to the 1993 John Woo original. because it did its own thing & stud on its own, with a brilliant performance by the british action hunk Scott Adkins. a superb evil & coward villain performance by Robert Knepper, plus great support from the one of the original Lara Croft’s herself Rhona Mitra & Once Were Warriors actor Temuera Morrison. also its action packed & you felt there was more at stake with its main hero. dare I say it, its better then the original. 4/5
Dabion

The Revenant was a surprisingly good survival western adventure, which reminded me of so many things. with films like Death Hunt, First Blood. The Edge & The Grey & also video games like Red Dead Redemption & Rise of the Tomb Raider. in terms of its gritty survival realism in the wilderness, atmosphere which feels very free roamie & especially certain special scenes & situations with some of its characters. which felt similar & that’s because I really liked this film. did I think Leonardo DiCaprio deserved his oscar, nah. I think Will Poulter should have got it instead, but still Leo’s performance was still pretty damn decent. Well done everybody, you should all be proud. 4 /5
Dabion

Kindergarten Cop 2 may be nothing compared to the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger original, but it still has some decent funny moments, has some great moral messages. Dolph Lundgren was the only great performance in it, he still oozed charm & charisma on screen. despite the material he got given. his motivational speech while reading a book to children & seeing him line dance are great highlights. but sadly overall this sequel is just not funny or entertaining enough. 2 /5
Dabion

John Wick is a thought provoking shoot ’em up movie that offers a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Keanu Reeves plays the title role and gives his best performance for many years. I won’t spoil the plot, sit back, strap yourself in, and enjoy 90 minutes of adventure into escapism. Kick ass fight scenes and enough shooting to make the movie ‘gunny’. 4.5 /5
Craig

Sightseers was a wonderfully delightful & really funny little gem of a british black comedy about a couple who kill random people in the countryside, with great performances from Steve Oram & Alice Lowe. it reminded me of Peter Jackson’s early work, it had a brill soundtrack & the musical score was abit John Carpentery. plus the last unexpected moment at the end was one of the best endings ever. 4 /5
Dabion

Rubber is a film about a homicidal car tyre, called Robert, discovering it has destructive powers. Bizarre and captivating. I would love to know what others thought of this film and if you haven’t seen it, you should! This is how crazy should be done and you definitely won’t see a better killer tyre film! 4 /5 for originality.
Check out the trailer… Rubber Film Trailer.
Karen

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