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Churchill (2017)

Do film distributors have some uncanny knack at foreseeing the future and picking the perfect time for a film's release?  Sometimes it doesn't work - indeed you can't help but wonder whether some films should ever see the light of day.  …

John Wick 2 (2017)

Upon its release, John Wick was a surprise hit. With its unrestrained violence and imaginative choreography, the film reaffirmed Keanu Reeves as a certified action hero and grossed $88m worldwide. Three years later, Chad Stahelski is back…

Rock Dog (2016)

Simple and Cutesy, Ash Brannon’s adaptation of Zheng Jun’s graphic novel, Tibetan Rock Dog, may not be winning any awards anytime soon, it’s quite clearly a target for younger audiences but its unfussiness has an enduring quality that will…

The Mummy (2017)

I will try to keep my summation of the new reimagining of the classic mummy legend by Universal Studios, as short and succinct as possible.  Mainly because there's not really that much to say about it.  But also I think that allowing any…

Wonder Woman (2017)

After the lukewarm reviews of last year’s Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice, the DC Extended Universe needed a win. Unlike its successful TV shows such as Supergirl and The Flash, its superhero films haven’t measured up to Marvel’s…

Prevenge (2016)

After a weekend of praise for one female director reaching a breakneck magnitude another, in the form of Alice Lowe, has been bubbling quietly with murderous subtlety with her melancholy comedy horror. A project that breaks the mold in the…

Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

Motorsport. Meh. There was an acute sense of apathy around all aspects of racing for this writer; Sunday morning memories of watching cars go round and round and round made lie-ins all the more appealing. Notice the past tense. Steve…

The Shepherd (2016)

It was Wall Street's Gordon Gecko who infamously said 'Greed is good'. While this simple message is enough to drive ambitious people to success, others can end up very easily driven to madness. Spanish filmmaker Jonathan Cenzual Burley…

My Life as a Courgette (2016)

When a debut animated feature by Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras was nominated alongside Disney and a co-production with Studio Ghibli in this year's Academy Awards, it raised a few eyebrows. But with a screenplay by Girlhood director Céline…

Baywatch (2017)

There was hope Baywatch would be another meta-infused, smart-yet-silly TV show remake in the mould of the Jump Street movies. Sadly, this hackneyed reboot doesn’t even come close to matching the admittedly high bar set by Phil Lord and…