Quick Review

Snowden – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Snowden tells an interesting story that the documentary Citizen Four did better.  In fact I’d argue that whilst Snowden is fine overall if you’ve seen Citizen Four there is no real need to watch this.  And if you haven’t? Well watch Citizen Four instead.  In short: Oliver Stone coasting.  Best Bit: Gordon-Levitt is very good as the titular ... Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or The Harry Potter Spin off that’s isn’t as good Harry Potter but hey there’s no more Potter films so this will do. Once again directed by David Yates who has never shown the aptitude to do anything outstanding, Fantastic Beasts showcases the world of Potter but yet feels oddly disconnected from the franchise ... Read More »

Jack Reacher Never Go Back – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: There’s a lesson in the title for this pretty dull sequel… for whilst the original Jack Reacher was flawed, it was well made and packed full of striking action and gritty hard boiled drama, Never Go Back is just a slog.  Cruise seems uninterested, the cast feel awkward and the action just doesn’t land.  And it ... Read More »

The Magnificent Seven – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Remakes can be good.  Look at The Thing or Invasion of The Bodysnacthers. They can also be a bad thing (Point Break).  Magnificent Seven sits firmly in the middle (see Ghostbusters) as neither that good or that bad.  It has it’s moments but this spiritual remake of the classic Western is just lacking in pace or ... Read More »

Patriots Day – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The team behind Deepwater Horizon are back for a look at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in what is a workman like effort.  Walhberg plays the lead once again (his third film with Berg)  alongside a top draw support cast featuring John Goodman, JK Simmons (criminally wasted in a small role), Kevin bacon and Michelle Monaghan ... Read More »

Live By Night – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Live By Night should have worked.  It had a great cast.  A talented director and an amazing period setting. Yet oddly it falls flat for the bulk of it’s two hour plus run time. I think maybe the fault falls more with Affleck whose over stretched working as writer, producer, director and actor.  It’s a bit of ... Read More »

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2017… So Far! 1st Edition (17th Feb 2017)

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2017’s movies, in my very humble opinion. BEST Films Of 2017… So Far:   T2 Trainspotting (9/10) La La Land (8/10) Silence (8/10) The Founder (7/10) Patriots Day (6/10) Honourable Mentions:   WORST Films Of 2017… So Far:   Underworld Blood War (4.10) Hacksaw Ridge (5/10) Live By Night (5/10)   Dis-Honourable ... Read More »

Kubo And The Two Strings – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: What a magnificent film.  Simply put this charming, emotionally engaging and at times damn right scary kids film was one of the best films of 2016. With animation that looks so good you have to remind yourself it was stop motion, a captivating story and bags of charm, Kubo is a must watch for adults and kids. ... Read More »

La La Land – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: La La Land is charming, funny, heart warming stuff.  The THIRD film by director Chazelle following up from the amazing Whiplash, is a shoe-in to win big at this years awards and rightly so.  It;’s uplifting in the way that old School Hollywood films were and staged beautifully.  It’s memorable stuff which ALMOST lives up to the ... Read More »

Sing Street – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Another late entry to my 2016 best films, Sing Street is a charming musical drama that captures what it’s like to be young lost and in love. It’s sickly sweet at times for sure but it’s such an enjoyable ride you’ll forgive those few moments it steps too far into soap opera. The songs are great ... Read More »