It (2017)

Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is something that has been prevalent in society ever since the earliest renderings of sinister court jesters were produced, but there is absolutely no doubt that the irrational dread of makeup covered circus mimes reached a fever pitch with both the 1986 novel release and 1990 TV mini series release…

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Patti Cake$ (2017)

Being a white girl with frizzy hair and a love of hip-hop, I have to say that the trailer for Patti Cake$ grabbed me immediately. With more than a nod to 8 Mile, another ‘white guy with dreams of rapping’ narrative, the film looked like it had just the right blend of indie sensibility and…

Logan Lucky (2017)

From Erin Brockovich to Ocean’s Eleven to Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh has always been a filmmaker that has produced a varied and eclectic range of works, the majority of which I have immensely enjoyed. With his last directorial credit being the 2013 TV movie Behind The Candelabra, I was excited to see just what it…

Detroit (2017)

As a lover of history but also someone who was educated at the mercy of a British school curriculum, oddly my only real knowledge or experience of the 1967 Detroit riot came in the form of a fictionalised account of events in Jeffrey Eugenides’ 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Middlesex. With that account story being…

Rough Night (2017)

For somebody who is usually so snobbish about films, I must admit that I harbour a soft spot for the female centric, vulgar, gross out comedies that have been enjoying something of an Indian summer ever since the runaway success of Bridesmaids back in 2011. Though there are some truly great examples of the genre,…

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde was a film that had been on my radar for a long, long time, mostly because the trailer contained amazing music and an amazing looking Charlize Theron doing some amazing beating up of sorry fools. Some posters carried tag lines spouting phrases along the lines of “we finally have a female James Bond”,…

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

I’ll be honest, the only interest I had in Luc Besson’s latest cinematic offering, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, was to see if it really was as bad as every single critic I respect was saying. With a staggering budget of $209 million, it is both the most expensive European and most…