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Best Film Reviews Of 2016 And Ways To Make Them Better

Do you consider yourself to be a film enthusiast? If so, you will agree that 2016 has been an excellent year for the film industry. This year saw the return of one of the greatest movie series of all time. That film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has hit a homerun at the box...

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ movie review (contains SPOILERS)

The signs weren’t encouraging for Rogue One. The first Star Wars Story was beset by reports of onset troubles and extensive reshoots, let alone set with monstrous expectations after The Force Awakens set out the stall for this new stage of Star Wars last year, so there was every chance that Rogue One could have...

‘Jason Bourne’ DVD review: A very long checklist of franchise staples

When The Bourne Identity burst onto screens in 2002, it was a breath of fresh air, a revolutionary spy thriller that turned the whole genre on its head with its grounding in contemporary geopolitics and kinetic style. Even the James Bond franchise, then entering its fortieth year, was not immune to its influence, with Daniel...

‘The BFG’ movie review: Spielberg’s adaptation lacks tension or conflict

As someone with a great appreciation and affection for Steven Spielberg, I was thrilled when it was announced he would be turning his attention to Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The arguments that Spielberg is an unwavering sentimentalist, infantilising every screenplay he comes across and generally dumbing down his adaptions in the process have never really...

‘Star Trek Beyond’ movie review: Lightweight, throwaway fun

JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot stands up as one of the best blockbusters of the past decade. In cleverly establishing an alternate timeline, it paved the way for a raft of other part-sequel, part-remake, part-reboots – very few of which have managed to pull off the trick as successfully (hi, Terminator Genisys). Abrams’ 2013...

‘Ghostbusters’ movie review: Kate McKinnon lights up the screen

Is it funny? Is it scary? Is it good? The answer to all three is yes. SPOILER WARNING IF YOU’VE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE! The new Ghostbusters has a hell of a job to do in the first half hour: attempting to be its own beast while setting up a world that we’re already overtly...

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ movie review: The franchise steps back into formula

WE ADVISE NOT READING THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE AS IT CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. 2016 has arguably been one of the biggest years for comic-book movies yet. As the industry has ballooned in popularity and therefore scrutiny, it’s also been a year when each of the major releases have attempted to set themselves out...

‘Captain America: Civil War’ movie review: Marvel are still hitting new heights

WE ADVISE NOT READING THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE AS IT CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. Captain America’s come a long way. Over the course of six movies, Steve Rogers has transformed from a scrawny New Yorker with ambitions to join the army into the world-famous captain of the Avengers, and his meteoric rise in universe...

Revisiting Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Invincible’ ten years on

Disney’s Invincible, in the way that many sports movies are, is based on a true story. This 2006 film concerns Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a regular Joe bartender in 1970s Philadelphia; a city where jobs are scarce, and signs of hope scarcer. Vince and his pals try to make the best of it by drinking...

Revisiting ‘Moneyball’ five years on

Moneyball, Bennet Miller’s biographical baseball drama about Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, and his revolutionary approach to managing a sports team, was perhaps a surprise Oscar hit in 2011. It may not have won anything on the night, but six nominations is impressive for such an understated film – even one that...