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Average User Score: 6.3Oct 17, 2018A Marvel fan favourite has appeared on the big screen yet again, it didn't work the first time and unfortunately it doesn't work now. If youA Marvel fan favourite has appeared on the big screen yet again, it didn't work the first time and unfortunately it doesn't work now. If you go to see Venom and take it too seriously you'll leave disappointed, yet if you go in with low expectations and hope for a few laughs you may still leave disappointed. It's so ridiculously terrible it has found an audience, and if you don't believe me just take a look at how it did at the box office, nearly four times it's budget and it's still going strong. I didn't enjoy it, and a lot of other people definitely didn't enjoy it. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it. Maybe when it was compared to being "Catwoman levels of bad" you rushed out to the cinema just to see how bad it really was and you ended up laughing your head off. And all I can say to you people is you are the reason we'll get a sequel.
Starring Academy Award nominated actors Tom Hardy, and Michelle Williams. You can throw around the word Academy award all you like but even the combined acting talent of Hardy and Williams is not enough to save Venom. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) has brought back some symbiotes from space and is determined to merge symbiotes and humans to create a perfect being. But uh oh one of the symbiotes escapes and finds his perfect match in the form of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). Now Eddie has one hell of a parasite which is becoming harder and harder to control cause Venom has some pretty strong cravings for human meat and doesn't really like taking orders. Yet another boring and predictable origin story, miscast and at times just silly. The script is hilariously terrible, the only thing I wanted to see was Venom chomping some heads off, and of course you get that but at a 15a rating. Hardy really is the best thing about Venom but it's not saying much and he does look like he's having a lot more fun compared to everyone else who pretty much looks like they don't want to be there. In the right hands this could have been so much better and it's frustrating to see Venom hasn't been done justice on the big screen yet again. Not recommended, unless you purposely go out of your way to see bad superhero movies.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Oct 14, 2018All you Nicolas Cage fans out there (and I know you exist, don’t be shy) probably remember a film called Drive Angry 2011. Nicolas Cage goesAll you Nicolas Cage fans out there (and I know you exist, don’t be shy) probably remember a film called Drive Angry 2011. Nicolas Cage goes on a murderous revenge driven rampage against a sadistic cult. Now join Nicolas Cage going on another murderous revenge driven rampage against a sadistic cult in Mandy. For those of you who don't already know, Drive Angry is rubbish and very skippable but Mandy is a film that's everything Drive Angry should have been and so much more. Nicolas Cage is the only actor who could play this part, to put any other actor in this role would be ridiculous but when Nicolas Cage does it for some reason it works spectacularly. Cage’s career has ranged from the good, the bad and the what the hell is this? Mandy will bring you on an unconventional emotional roller coaster ride varying from should I walk out, am I hallucinating, to this is the greatest trippy horror I've ever seen and I can't stop crying with laughter.
Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) live in a wonderfully peaceful house deep in a secluded part of the woods. This is all turned upside down by a bunch of hippy Jesus types, a sadistic cult let by a Charles Manson character, Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache). Join Nicolas Cage on his journey of bloody vengeance as only Nicolas Cage can. I feel like the creators of this film were on LSD, the actors were on LSD and I was on LSD. The score by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson and the cinematography by Benjamin Loeb uses everything at its disposal to create a visually stunning film. You're constantly waiting for the worst to happen in every scene, it's the most unnerving thing I've seen in a long time. Taking manic and crazy to a whole new level, everything from the script to the chainsaw fight is the craziest thing you’ll see all year. And maybe a few years after that too, because we don’t get films like this very often and if you’re into the weird then make sure you take the time to see Mandy, I can’t guarantee all of you will love it but I can guarantee a part of you will enjoy it. It’s on limited release and then it’s straight to DVD so find a way to see it. Recommended.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Oct 8, 2018I recently gave out about a certain horror movie that was loud, over the top and in your face it became boring so in a way I think I deservedI recently gave out about a certain horror movie that was loud, over the top and in your face it became boring so in a way I think I deserved this. The Little Stranger is extremely subtle and dull I've never had to try so hard to fight off sleep during a movie.
Doctor Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) pays a visit to the incredibly creepy and deteriorating Ayres mansion, a house that he remembers from his childhood and soon gets to know the people still left in it. Although the rest of the community seems reluctant to have any dealings with the Ayres, Faraday is drawn to them. Yet the more time he spends there he more he starts to realise that things may not be quite what they seem. The house has become neglected, run down and the family living there appear to be haunted by something unknown. I wasn't invested in the story and I felt there was too little happening. The character development seemed forgotten and the entire time I was waiting for something to happen only to have nothing happen. It's incredibly atmospheric and builds the increasing sense of dread that other horror movies fail miserably at but with no payoff. I really felt like I wasted my time on this one. Yet I'm just one opinion, you may feel differently so The Little Stranger is recommended for the Domhnall Gleeson/Lenny Abrahamson fans. Although be sure to hurry up and catch this one because it won't be in the cinemas much longer. Two stars for Will Poulter's performance because he was the only character I was interested in and there wasn't enough of him.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Oct 7, 2018Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) unexpectedly ends up at a drag bar where he meets Ally (Lady Gaga) performing a stunning version of La Vie EnJackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) unexpectedly ends up at a drag bar where he meets Ally (Lady Gaga) performing a stunning version of La Vie En Rose. Their relationship flourishes as Jackson is captivated by Ally's raw talent and is determined to let the world hear her voice and her songs.
I wouldn't have expected a film on its fourth remake to be worth my time but if done right this crowd pleaser has the potential to bring in a new audience of fans and judging by its success so far that's exactly what has happened. For Cooper's directorial debut I'm impressed and this hopefully marks the beginning of a successful career as a director. Now I'm not a Lady Gaga fan but there's no denying the electric chemistry between her and Cooper. The music sounds amazing, recording live music in the film rather than a recording studio later makes a huge difference, and in this case it has definitely paid off. There's no issue with dodgy lip-syncing, the music doesn't have this clean, auto-tuned sound to it. It feels real and is very much the factor that immerses you in the story. I still don't think much of Lady Gaga as an actress but her voice will give you goosebumps, Cooper's performance is what stole the show for me. It's got heart and although I started to lose interest around the middle it won me over again and that's not easy to do. The story perhaps dragged out a little too long and I would even go so far as to say it's overrated. Despite that A Star is Born will reduce some of you to tears, I didn't cry but the woman beside me sure did so if you're prone to the waterworks during an emotional movie then prepare yourself. Highly recommended.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.9Sep 30, 2018If you're in the mood for a mindless action movie then find something else because Mile 22 is absolutely awful. CIA agent Marky Mark andIf you're in the mood for a mindless action movie then find something else because Mile 22 is absolutely awful. CIA agent Marky Mark and friends team up to escort a police officer with sensitive information out of the country before the bad guys get him. Mile 22 is the boring escort mission in your standard video game. Dull, predictable and if given the choice you should skip it.
James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) has quickly become one of the most hated movie characters in movie history. I wanted to jump into the screen and punch him in his smug face just so he would shut up and that was just within the first fifteen minutes. I feel like the only reason they cast Iko Uwais is to remind us of The Raid and maybe the action will make up for the laugh out loud script and the mediocre cast. The action might have made up for it but unfortunately it was near impossible to make out anything that was happening due to the poor editing/shaky cam. I cannot understand the reason behind this because with a 16 rating it wasn't to hide the violence it was just a mess. I'm a fan of The Raid, how could you not be, yet Iwo Uwais in Mile 22 was completely wasted. A simple idea that in the right hands could have been a crowd pleasing action flick. Even with the short running time it still felt dragged out and bland. Not recommended, definitely skip this one.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Sep 29, 2018Considering the horrific events that took place during the Irish Famine it really is a wonder why we’re only getting a film about it now. SureConsidering the horrific events that took place during the Irish Famine it really is a wonder why we’re only getting a film about it now. Sure it’s a genre film, very much rooted in revenge with a real Western feeling to it but maybe the success of Black 47 will spark a series of Irish famine movies because Black 47 is just one take on it and it’s gripping cinema at it’s best.
Directed by Lance Daly, Black 47 tells the story of an Irish ranger (James Frecheville) who has been fighting for the British Army and returns to Ireland to find his family. He is shocked at the famines destruction of the country, starving families evicted from their homes with only the rags on their back. One of the bleakest films I’ve seen in years with a beautifully haunting soundtrack by Brian Byrne. It’s almost strange to say I enjoyed this film but who doesn’t love a good revenge story and from the moment it started I was fully absorbed in this film. Hugo Weaving, Barry Keoghan and Stephen Rea are terrific. Frecheville particularly is the standout performance, doing one of the best Irish accents I’ve heard in a film. I’ve heard so many actors get the accent so horribly wrong it’s refreshing to hear someone get it right. Admittedly some critics can be overly nice to Irish films but with Black 47 believe the hype. Highly recommended, make sure to take the time to check this one out.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Sep 11, 2018American Animals is an intense docudrama that will have you on the edge of your seat. Directed by Bart Layton, American Animals is based onAmerican Animals is an intense docudrama that will have you on the edge of your seat. Directed by Bart Layton, American Animals is based on the real life story of Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen and their plan to pull off an incredibly risky heist of the worlds most valuable books. Half drama, half documentary and well worth your time for anyone who enjoys a good heist movie.
Set in Lexington, Kentucky in 2004. Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan Peters) are bored with their unremarkable lives and long to experience something more. Spencer takes a tour of his university's special collections library, home to some of the most valuable and rare books in America and describes this to Warren which sparks the unshakable idea that they could pull off the worlds easiest heist and get away with it. What starts as an idea and just talk becomes more and more real for the students. Yet it soon becomes apparent that pulling off a heist in real life isn't quite like the movies. A solid main cast that all have great chemistry together, particularly from Peters and Keoghan. I'll watch Evan Peters in almost anything and his performance in American Animals is wonderful. It's a chaotic and a nail biting crime movie made all the more intense by the interviews and how all four recount the events in their own way. A dramatic re-enactment with real interviews throughout the entire film really has you invested in the story and if like me you had no idea as to the details of the real heist then it makes for some exciting cinema. It's a fast paced and highly immersive story with moments of hilarity. Not all the cinemas took American Animals for some reason but don't let that stop you, it's well worth your time and it's highly recommended.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6Sep 10, 2018Well the Conjuring Universe is back with yet another money making spinoff, everyone's favourite Nun Valak. So come on down to Romania'sWell the Conjuring Universe is back with yet another money making spinoff, everyone's favourite Nun Valak. So come on down to Romania's scariest castle, join The Nun and all her nun friends in one of this years most over the top horrors. Also featuring a priest with a haunted past, a young nun on the verge of making her final vows and a Frenchman who's just there for plot reasons. Sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious death of a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania. Together they confront a malevolent force in the form of The Nun.
Get ready for 96 minutes of creepy exterior shots of the scary castle, then cut to the scary foggy woods surrounding the castle and then to the scary graveyard in the grounds of the castle. It doesn't take long for The Nun to show up to scare you over and over again. It's so in your face constantly, practically grabbing you and screaming in your face in the hope of scaring you. Repetitive and predictable to the point of boredom. The Nun growling at you and then chasing you down a scary candle lit corridor and repeat. Again and again, just when you think the jump scares are over..Bang oh there's the Nun again growling in the corner but oh she has all her nun mummy friends with her too. Oh now she's in the mirror, no wait she's behind you. Yawn, this was a tedious mess. The Conjuring movies are entertaining "you get what you pay for" horrors whereas their spinoffs Annabelle and now The Nun are unnecessary horror movies based around minor characters in the Conjuring Universe, nobody asked for their own movie or origin story. We don't really care where they came from to be honest. They showed up in the Conjuring, did their thing and that's it. We don't need to know how the Nun came to be or who she's killed along the way, not everything needs an explanation. Just take a look at what Prometheus/Alien Covenant did to the franchise. Just because the Nun got some good scares in The Conjuring 2 doesn't mean the same will translate into a single movie. So please Conjuring Universe can you stop with the spinoffs, somehow they're getting worse. Enough. Not recommended, avoid or face the consequences.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Sep 8, 2018This might just be the one and only film that has taken the premise of using a mock computer for the whole film and actually made it work.This might just be the one and only film that has taken the premise of using a mock computer for the whole film and actually made it work. Admittedly there's not a whole lot of competition in this genre but compare it to the Unfriended franchise and Searching looks like a masterpiece.
David Kim (John Cho) is in a strained relationship with his 16-year-old daughter. She goes missing and with the growing realisation that he doesn't know much about his own daughter and her friends he must break into her laptop to track her last known whereabouts in order to find her. It thankfully didn't take a turn into the ridiculous and use a ghostly computer glitch. Instead it takes an idea grounded in reality, using the real life fear of a parent not knowing their child's whereabouts and follows their struggle in possibly coming to terms with the worst. I liked the idea and it kept the tension, but for me the last act lets it down. Searching had about four different endings and decided to use all four and honestly I wasn't pushed on the last one, so at a certain point I was slightly concerned my eyes were going to roll into the back of my head because I just wasn't buying it anymore. Yet despite the unsatisfying ending Searching is worth checking out if you've nothing else to see. A decent thriller/mystery that you can sit back with your bucket of popcorn and enjoy. Recommended if you've seen everything else in the cinema.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Sep 2, 2018"Based on some fo' real, fo' real **** although the story of Ron Stallworth has taken some creative liberties it's a powerful and very topical"Based on some fo' real, fo' real **** although the story of Ron Stallworth has taken some creative liberties it's a powerful and very topical film that will certainly get a reaction from you.
Directed by Spike Lee and set in the early 70s. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Stallworth wastes no time and sets out to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. With the help of Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) together they team up to take down the KKK. You can really feel the anger coming through this film. It shifts from comedic moments to intense drama so quickly you're laughing one minute and left in a state of stunned silence the next. The sudden tone shifts in the hands of another director may have been a disaster but Spike Lee has found the balance. Not an easy watch and the story is a little dragged out in places but it's well worth the ticket price. BlacKkKlansman shows you the racial tensions in 1970s America and asks you to compare it to present day. By the time the credits rolled you could hear a pin drop and in a nearly sold out screen in my local cinema which can normally sound a bit like a zoo when it's that busy there wasn't a sound to be heard. Some of you may not realise how rare that really is but it happens once in a blue moon so if by some chance this review hasn't convinced you to see BlacKkKlansman just go see it anyway and make up your own mind. Highly recommended.… Expand