Text-book rom-com that rebooted the genre and set the template for the next 3 decades.
26th Dec 2016Read more 4.5 star reviews
Decent enough animated parable from Disney. Lacking the usual emotional Pixar punch.
25th Dec 2016Read more 3 star reviews
A Star Wars Story
Second viewing and it's still holding together well. The third act is incredible.
22nd Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
A STAR WARS STORY
Impeccable world building and a nail biting finale mark a solid expansion of the universe.
18th Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Solid Cold War drama. Unfortunately lacking the impact of both Spielberg and Hanks' best.
18th Dec 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
From 3 minutes in this was the best film I've seen in ages. Nostalgic indie sci-fi.
13th Dec 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Arkward and occasionally hilarious Duplass-esque LA comedy. And only 75m long.
26th Nov 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Worthy, watertight journo movie. Full of great performances, but staying well between the lines.
21st Nov 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Derivative, badly cast cops + robbers pic. A pale imitation of Heat, without the style or performances.
12th Nov 2016Read more 2.5 star reviews
Glacially paced re-hash/follow up to Dazed and Confused, with moments of fun. Great music.
11th Nov 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Stupid action movie that never stops winking at the audience.
4th Nov 2016Read more 2.5 star reviews
LA Confidential meets The Big Lebowski in the best way possible. Great turns from Reynolds and Crowe.
4th Nov 2016Read more 4 star reviews
A classic story and allstar cast, but John Sturges' vintage western seems slow and dated now.
2nd Nov 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Beard-heavy special ops bloodbath, with more than a passing nod to the equally impartial Black Hawk Down.
26th Oct 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Boring, meandering re-tread of The Departed. Wannabe Scorcese, with a typically OTT Johnny Depp.
19th Oct 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Smart-ass financial drama. OTT Bale, reasonable turn from Pitt, Reynolds steals the show.
2nd Oct 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Terrifying post-nuclear drama. Dated to the mood of its era, but still effectively realistic.
30th Sep 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Intense indie drama. Pacing is a little lopsided, but the sentiment and strong performances carry it through.
24th Sep 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Electrifying script, captivating performances and effortless, accomplished direction. Outstanding.
18th Sep 2016Read more 4.5 star reviews
It's only episode 2, but it's Dirty-Harry-by-numbers. Luckily those numbers still add up to something.
Halliwell says: Toned-down sequel to Dirty Harry; the violence is still there but the hero no longer commits it.
18th Sep 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Superior kids movie. ET meets King Kong. Bit slow, but ten times deeper than the wafer thin original.
1st Sep 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Half baked British thriller. Some decent ideas, but it's all a bit studenty.
28th Aug 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Another disastrous Peter Pan reboot. Nonsensical gibberish, trying to capture some Baz Luhrmann weirdness.
18th Aug 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Super sharp teen movie, bursting with style and originality and loaded with an impeccable soundtrack.
17th Aug 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Thoughtful, creative, mainstream indie from Mike Mills. Lovingly performed and put together.
8th Aug 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Pretty standard music promo from Nick Cave - extended to feature, executed with superior style.
3rd Aug 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Modern tut, disposing with the style of 'Seconds', science of 'Primer' and even the action of 'Face/Off'.
3rd Aug 2016Read more 2.5 star reviews
Ambitious 90s sci-fi. Not entirely successful, but it has a seriousness and scale that's rarely seen today.
2nd Aug 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Tension free wander up and down the mountain. Everybody plays it worthy, only Gyllenhaal vaguely impresses.
23rd Jul 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Collection of tired Hitchcockian set pieces, with very little tying them together.
11th Jul 2016Read more 3 star reviews
It's familiar ground , but this Baraka sequel hypnotises with embarrassing images of poverty and consumerism.
26th Jun 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Ambitious, arty, sumptuous take on the old classic. I still got a bit lost but Fassbender remains entrancing.
18th Jun 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Money grabbing sequel that ups production value and bypasses the charm of the original.
9th Jun 2016Read more 1.5 star reviews
Tom Hardy gives two 1-note performances in this dull, derivative Goodfellas wannabe.
9th Jun 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Enjoyable modern comedy, but it's bloated by improv and missing the magic ingredient. And no Paul Rudd.
29th May 2016Read more 3 star reviews
There's a midlife crisis going on, but great visuals and a stellar back catalogue keep it exciting.
26th May 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Cookie cutter boxing pic that can't decide if it's ripping off Rockie, Raging Bull or Million Dollar Baby.
8th May 2016Read more 2 star reviews
Dated effort from 60s Disney, sacrificing production value for cheap gags.
Halliwell says: Disney's last really splendid feature cartoon, with the old flexible style cleverly modernized and plenty of invention and detail in the story line. The London backgrounds are especially nicely judged.**
8th May 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Surprisingly straight adaptation from Vinterberg. Shapeless, but with a few nice moments.
7th May 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Dated buddy cop movie that wrote many of today's movie cliches. Dated, but still brutal and funny.
16th Apr 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Indie Cape Fear. Intense and solidly handled, but it's all a bit one-note.
15th Apr 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Electric Ballroom, London
The Canadian heavy rockers bring the mecha robot smackdown at full volume
14th Apr 2016Read more 4.5 star reviews
Shoegaze-heavy warm up gig for a long overdue comeback tour. Still generating a hypnotic wall of sound.
12th Apr 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Remarkably restrained turn from Jack Nicholson in a decent but dated 00s thriller. Sean Penn directs.
6th Apr 2016Read more 3.5 star reviews
Aliens x Jaws 3D in this derivative, gimmick-heavy, CGI-bloated reboot. Chris Pratt keeps it real.
1st Apr 2016Read more 2.5 star reviews
Intense emotional rollercoaster, with Pixar's Pete Doctor perfectly navigating a complex concept.
26th Mar 2016Read more 4 star reviews
Even The Rock can't avert this disaster. Earthquakes have never involved such little jeopardy.
21st Mar 2016Read more 1.5 star reviews
Incredibly shot, but there's a lot of slow walking and one-note improv. Best on a Bill Viola level.
18th Mar 2016Read more 3 star reviews
Text book Aussie crime pic. Hoons, cars, guns - gripping and full of decent turns.
10th Mar 2016Read more 4 star reviews