Film Review: Creed

Director and co-writer Ryan Coogler’s Creed is a fantastic boxing film which sparks new life into the Rocky franchise. Adonis Johnson is the son of late boxing champion Apollo Creed. He seeks out his father’s friend and fellow former champion Rocky Balboa to train him. In retirement, Rocky is reluctant to train the young boxer at first, but Adonis perseveres… […]

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Film Review: Straight Outta Compton

Boasting possibly the best soundtrack of 2015, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is illuminating, if not always engaging. F. Gary Gray’s film says as much about the era it is set in as it does about the group. In 1987 in Compton, Los Angeles, a group of five young men come together to make music. When they produce a rap […]

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Film Review: Daddy’s Home

Director and co-writer Sean Anders’ Daddy’s Home is very much in the same vein as his other comedies. Will Ferrell fans will find laughs, but there is little here that is unpredictable. Brad loves being a stepdad to his wife’s two children. Brad is finally winning the children round, when their real dad decides to visit. The freeloading Dusty forces […]

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a throughly entertaining instalment in the franchise, which lovingly pays homage to Star Wars: A New Hope. Many years after the defeat of the Empire, a new threat is rising. The First Order wishes to rule the galaxy. It is down to an unlikely group of individuals to stop them, along with help […]

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Film Review: Hector

Writer-director Jake Gavin’s Hector is an earnest story of the realities of homelessness. Nevertheless, the film lacks a spark. Hector has been living on the streets for years. After an appointment, Hector sets off on his annual pilgrimage from Scotland to London. There, he hopes to spend Christmas at a temporary shelter… Hector is Jake Gavin’s directorial debut. Gavin also […]

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Film Review: Grandma

Writer-director Paul Weitz’s Grandma is an entertaining inter-generational comedy. Weitz’s script makes the film an enjoyable affair. Teenager Sage arrives at her grandmother Elle’s house in desperate need of $600. Having just gone through a break-up, Elle is unprepared for the request. The pair attempt to raise the money by visiting old friends… Grandma works very well as a comedy […]

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