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Beware The Slenderman – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Beware The Slenderman is an interesting if ultimately shallow documentary that tries to explore how an urban legend lead to the near killing of an American child. As the film explores both the reality and the myth, it’s hard to wonder if it would dbe better released after the upcoming trial when a final verdict is landed.  ... Read More »

Sing! – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The problem with Sing is that it’s just too obvious.  It’s the story we’ve seen a million times before and the addition of cute and sassy animals just doesn’t add as much as the producers want it to.  There’s nothing wrong with the film – the songs are fine, the animation solid, but I just wanted ... Read More »

Allied – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Allied has moments of being the film the creatives (and the audience) wanted it to be.  Sadly be it the uncomfortable chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard, the laboured story which doesn’t get anywhere quick or the tone which just doesn’t sit right, the film never fully delivers on its considerable promise. IT looks lovely but then ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Tony Scott Films

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Tony Scott films. Close but no cigar: The Hunger, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Unstoppable, Enemy of The State   5 – Crimson Tide When Tony Scott did a Ridley Scott film.  Crimson Tide, with a script polished by ... Read More »

Underworld Blood Wars – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The latest chapter is the Underworld film series (a series which should have probably finished a long time ago to be honest) limps in to theatres with little of note or originality to add to a genre that itself has now been done to death. Even Beckinsale looks bored as she motions from one CGI fest to the ... Read More »

Passengers – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Passengers is one of the best designed, best looking films of the year.  It’s simply stunning.  In fact they spent so much time on this I’d argue they totally forgot to work on the story which at bests is plodding at worst is dull. Look when the action finally kicks in the film finds a fine pace ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – Kong Skull Island

At the tail end of the Vietnam war, a scientist (John Goodman) working for the shadowy Monarch group, persuades the US government to fund an expedition to map and explore the mysterious uncharted Skull Island, wherein he hopes to prove his so called ‘Hollow Earth’ theory and discover the existence of a species of underground dwelling monsters. However, not all goes to ... Read More »

Killer Klowns From Outta Space – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Killer Klowns may sound like a cheap 80’s low budget horror film (which to be fair it is) BUT it offers far more invention and creativity than you would expect from a film made for peanuts and directed by a trio of brothers who have done little of note since.   The basic premise of Alien clowns ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Bond Films!   Close but no cigar: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye, Dr No   5 – Live & let Die Far from the late camp of Roger Moore’s era, Live & Let Die is dark and mysterious ... Read More »

Kong Skull Island – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Kong Skull Island is a damn fun film.  It’s not going to trouble the Oscars (Okay MAYBE it’s Effects. Maybe) but I’ve had much worse times at the cinema and even found myself smiling on more than one occasion.  From Jackson’s Colonel Kurtz, to Hiddleston’s audition for Bond to the camp script, OTT monster vs monster ... Read More »