La La Land (2016)

I’m not going to pretend that I wasn’t destined to adore this film regardless of its execution and reception. From the minute I saw the first trailer for La La Land, I knew I was going to be completely besotted. Any long time reader of this site will know that, for want of a better…

A Monster Calls (2016)

Happy New Year everybody! The extravagance and overall comfort of the holiday season  always makes it incredibly hard to venture out there in to the cold and get back in the swing of the cinema going game, but hey, we can’t all lay on the couch under a duvet eating chocolate and watching Mary Poppins…

Top Ten: Films Of 2016

If you are reading this, then I’d like to congratulate you on making it through the absolute blood bath that has been 2016. This year will always be remembered as one in which we said goodbye to a plethora of stars like David Bowie, George Michael and Prince, and a particularly shocking and unwanted surprise…

Passengers (2016)

With the critical success of Arrival still ringing in most cinema lover’s ears, it almost feels like not enough time has passed until we are all here again, donning our sci-fi hats for another big release. Up to this point, Passengers has spent many years on the blacklist, a list of scripts that show huge promise but…

The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

I’ll be completely honest, before going to see The Birth Of A Nation I had no idea or knowledge of the controversy that has surrounded the life and career of Nate Parker. Had I been more educated on the star/writer/director’s previous actions and opinions, I may just have joined the significant boycott taking place around…

The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)

The coming-of-age story has always been a genre of film for which I have a massive soft spot. Perhaps I enjoy the melodramatic themes and tensions that always seem to go along with bildungsroman, perhaps I am trying to escape from my adulthood, or perhaps it lies in the simple fact that every single one…

Moana (2016)

Hold on, what is this? A new Disney film that isn’t related to an already existing Disney property? I can’t believe it! With recently released and upcoming remakes and reboots of some of the studios biggest hits taking up the majority of Disney related news of late, before even knowing anything about Moana, I was…

Allied (2016)

Well, isn’t the life and career of Brad Pitt satisfyingly cyclical? Amidst the media frenzy of his divorce from Jennifer Aniston all those years ago, his big screen venture comprised of a fairly middling romantic spy drama with a twist of deception. Cut to 2016 and the media frenzy of his divorce from Angelina Jolie,…

American Pastoral (2016)

By all accounts, the journey to adapt Philip Roth’s 1997 novel American Pastoral to the big screen has been a long and arduous one. With development starting way back in 2003, the rights for the film had been switched from studio to studio without ever really getting off the ground, that is, until Paramount Pictures…

Arrival (2016)

Welcome to week two of Amy Adams appreciation fortnight. For the last few years, it seems that there has been a trend for the latter half of the year to bring us a science-fiction adventure that breaks out of it’s genre confines and finds appeal with the mass audience. Of late, films like Gravity, Interstellar…