Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

I’ll begin this review by saying that Mary Poppins is, and always will be, my favourite Disney film of all time, quite possibly my favourite film full stop. For as long as I can remember the poster for the movie has been a fixture on my bedroom wall, and I will challenge anyone to a…

The Butler (2013)

The Butler is a sweeping historical drama inspired loosely by the life of real White House worker Eugene Allen, who worked at the Washington D.C. residence for thirty four years from 1952 to 1986 serving seven different Presidents. The film marks somewhat of a departure for director Lee Daniels whose previous work, including 2009’s Precious and…

Gravity (2013)

The premise is as simple as you will find in a film that is set to make upwards of half a billion dollars. Two astronauts, lost in space, trying to get home. I was anxious before going in to see Gravity that it was not going to be able to live up to the gargantuan…

Captain Phillips (2013)

Days are shortening, nights are lengthening, the trees are bare and the slight hint of a Christmas advert is threatening our television screens. In a cinematic context this can only mean one thing, awards season is almost upon us. It is that strange time of the year when certain films are released that carry with…

Prisoners (2013)

You may have noticed from the reviewed films on this blog that I tend to stick to a fairly similar set of genres when considering a trip to the cinema. Mostly dramas, a few comedies and a musical whenever one is released, but rarely ever a nail biting, edge of the seat detective thriller. It…

Concussion (2013)

In terms of thematic content, Concussion provides us with the familiar seven year itch dynamic. A financially comfortable, PTA attending, yoga partaking suburban couple with two children in tow appear on the surface to be in a state of perfect marital bliss, whilst underneath bubbles sexual dissatisfaction, mid life crisis and all the other fun stuff…