‘Split’ Review

The latest from M. Night Shyamalan continues his kind of come-back and steers clear of the disaster zone he’s fallen into with a few of his films along the way. It is pretty Shyamalan-esque, but its twist (because of course there is one) will be a huge revelation to some, but non-existent and confusing to…

Oscar nominations 2017: Initial Thoughts

It’s that exciting time in the film calendar again; the Oscar nominations have been announced (in a new, interesting way), and a select group of people can now add the permanent prefix of ‘Academy-Award Nominee’ to their name. As expected, La La Land leads the pack with a whopping 14 nominations; tying with Titanic and…

‘Lion’ Review

The latest film based on a remarkable true story is a more recent affair with an inherently modern twist. It is at once a classic yet contemporary tale, extraordinary and emotional. The film follows the story of Saroo, a young Indian boy who becomes separated from his family. It depicts his struggles as he searches…

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review

Mel Gibson’s return to directing (and apparent return from Hollywood jail) is an unbelievable true story of faith, strength and morality in what would appear to be a landscape absent of these principles. The film centres around Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector in WWII who enlists as a medic. During training, both his…

‘Jackie’ Review

This film’s release on inauguration day will likely pain you and remind you of some of the greater days the Whitehouse has seen. Pablo Larraín’s depiction of the titular First Lady’s experience of dealing with her husband’s assassination, and its aftermath, is a poignant character examination, intimately crafting an image of the First Lady as…

‘La La Land’ Review

It’s garnering unbelievable acclaim and being nominated for every award out there, and now it has finally arrived on our screens. Damien Chazelle’s follow up to the phenomenal Whiplash really is as good as everyone says it is, bringing something we haven’t seen for a long time on the cinema screen and injecting it with…

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review

There’s a lot of awards buzz surrounding Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama, and it is all entirely deserved. This portrayal or grief and coping is a quiet powerhouse that will pull you in and take hold of your emotions, not letting up until its final frame. The film centres around Casey Affleck’s Lee Chandler, a handyman whose…