Tag: film

With over $400M worldwide; Wonder Woman is the first true triumph of the DCEU

  Wonder Woman truly soars, but it’s been a long and troublesome journey to get here. After Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark Knight trilogy took audiences and critics by storm, the ride through the joyless Phantom Zone of Warner Brothers’ DC...

/ 12th June 2017

Julian Barratt brings Mindhorn out of retirement in a wickedly funny sleuth spoof

If years of watching films has taught me anything, it is that spoof films rarely occupy a middle ground – they are normally either wickedly funny, or painfully unfunny. Thankfully, Mindhorn, starring and co-written by Julian Barratt (co-creator of The Mighty...

/ 16th May 2017

Alien: Covenant is a refreshing return to form for Ridley Scott

Ribs crunching, bones crashing, body counts rising, and lots of blood, spilled and skewed with reckless abandon. Needless to say, Ridley Scott is taking fans back to basics with his latest gore-soaked, Science-Fiction frenzy. Set in the year 2104, just...

/ 13th May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is the MCU’s standout winner

  When James Gunn’s iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy premiered in 2014, the group of space fighters led by Peter Quill A.K.A ‘Star Lord’ (Chris Pratt) were largely unknown. Many adverts showcased the film as being a riotous adventure...

/ 29th April 2017

Throw reality out of the window for The Fate of the Furious

We’ve had cars driving in and out of planes, over mountains and onto clifftops and now we have them skidding on ice trying to evade submarines… Yes, you read that last line right. F. Gary Gray’s directorial shot at Fast...

/ 15th April 2017

A Tale as Old As Time – Beauty and the Beast Review

The original Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s most beloved and acclaimed classics – it was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar – so it’s no surprise that Bill Condon’s live-action remake...

/ 20th March 2017

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire Q&A in Leicester

Ben Wheatley, known for his films High Rise (2015), Sightseers (2012) and Kill List (2011), has been touring independent cinemas (including our very own Phoenix Cinema in Leicester) throughout the UK this year screening his newest feature, Free Fire and...

/ 9th March 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a stylish, hyper-violent dream

“You stabbed the devil in the back. To him this isn’t just vengeance, this is justice” Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is back and better than ever in this stylish, hyper-violent sequel. In 2014 original, John Wick, Reeves portrays former hitman...

/ 20th February 2017

Fifty Shades Darker: A guilty pleasure or a tragedy?

  “No rules. No punishments. No secrets.” Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is back with a new job, a new mind-set, and a seemingly fresh, Christian-free life. Well, for the first five minutes anyway. After an arguably long two-year wait, there...

/ 13th February 2017

Be A Tourist in Your Own Youth – T2: Trainspotting Review

  “You’re a tourist in your own youth”, says Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller) to Renton (Ewan McGregor), who’s returned to Edinburgh, 20 years after leaving with the stolen £16,000. Spud (Ewen Bremner), is now attempting to finally kick his...

/ 28th January 2017