The Favourite

Let’s be clear.  Queen Anne is the central character in this latest offering from Yorgos Lanthimos and Olivia Colman is the lead actress. In the midst of awards season, there has been much debate about which of the performers who feature as the three women at the centre of the narrative should be considered (or […]

La La Land

It is not surprising to learn that this third feature from Damien Chazelle, and the follow-up to the award-winning Whiplash, is also garnering plenty of critical love because La La Land is like nothing we have seen for quite some time. Filled with song and dance numbers and many moments of mirth, this is a […]

Irrational Man

 It seems that Woody Allen is hell bent on releasing at least one new film each year, as if observing a schedule that must be met at all costs.  Whether it is due to financial necessity or otherwise – which may simply be the fact that he loves making movies – Allen is seemingly never without a movie […]

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Making ‘Best Movie of the Year’ declarations in January is fraught with all kinds of potential embarrassment and credibility questions, but I am certain that only something pretty darn remarkable could possibly upstage Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) for the right to be declared as such for 2015. This is about as good […]

The Amazing Spiderman 2

My last review for a Marvel comic adaptation (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) drew some fire from those upset that I had given too much of the story away. Looking back, such criticisms are probably justified, but the problem I find with films such as these is that there isn’t really that much to discuss. […]