Author: Matt Burton

Sleepless (2017)
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Sleepless (2017)

A lean, relentlessly paced barrage of woozy getaways and brutal brawls, Sleepless Night is a gritty French thriller following a complex action hero whose toughness barely masks his exhaustion and desperation. This cliche riddled American remake is none of those things. Starring Jamie Foxx as an undercover Vegas cop whose […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Almost three years on, it’s easy to forget that Guardians of the Galaxy was supposed to be a gigantic flop. How could a movie starring a talking raccoon, a sentient tree, a green alien, a former pro-wrestler and that tubby guy from Parks and Recreation possibly compete with established box […]

Their Finest (2017)
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Their Finest (2017)

Their Finest is one of those warm, fuzzy crowd-pleasers, radiating a cosy charm as it gently unfurls towards a satisfying climax with the minimal amount of fuss, and where not having enough water to make a decent cuppa is the closest we come to dramatic peril. As with An Education […]

The Boss Baby (2017)
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The Boss Baby (2017)

Glengarry Glen Ross’ Blake, 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy, SNL’s President Trump… Alec Baldwin has played a mightily impressive collection of petulant, business-obsessed braggarts with more balls than brains during his career. The Boss Baby presents a surprising opportunity to add to his rather niche oeuvre, voicing a tyrannical, suit-wearing baby with tiny hands […]

Life (2017)
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Life (2017)

The perils of space exploration have long been a handy starting point for moviemakers. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Gravity have all successfully tapped into our fears of what dangers lurk beyond Earth’s orbit. Daniel Espinosa’s Life, a claustrophobic thriller about a team of astronauts who make first contact […]

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

More than a decade after he was last spotted dangling from the Empire State building in Peter Jackson’s courageous remake, King Kong comes roaring back onto our screens in Kong: Skull Island. With Legendary Entertainment firmly fixed on a plan to create a shared MonsterVerse, there’s a hefty weight of expectation […]

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

“You wanted me back, I’m back,” John Wick growls in this slick and satisfying sequel, as if there was ever any doubt that we’d be seeing Keanu Reeves’ hirsute hitman again. It’s a well-established fact of cinema that world-class assassins can’t be allowed to enjoy a peaceful retirement and Mr […]

Hidden Figures (2017)
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Hidden Figures (2017)

Films chronicling America’s troubled racial history broadly fall into two categories. They are either searing critiques of the injustices coloured people were forced to suffer or old-fashioned yarns which gloss over racial themes with a Hollywood sprinkling of powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes. Hidden Figures, the true story of three […]

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

“The most energetic film we have ever seen,” is how Danny Boyle first envisioned 1996’s Trainspotting. As it turned out, that was something of an understatement. A wild, sweaty, angry ode to a bunch of Scottish skag heads, the seminal Irvine Welsh adaptation felt like it was wired to the […]

Lion (2017)
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Lion (2017)

In the early 1980s, a five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo Brierley, falls asleep in an empty train carriage and wakes up 1600km from his home where his is eventually adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, after scouring Google Earth for villages that match his fleeting memories of home, […]