Quick Review

Batman And Harley Quinn – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Much like last years The Killing Joke Adaptation, Batman & Harley Quinn is a 40 minutes at best TV episode padded out to (just) feature length by some baffling sequences (think passing wind in the car or Harley singing) and script choices.  It’s very crude at times and feels pretty childish.  Yes it shouldn’t be all ... Read More »

Counterpunch – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Counterpunch takes an interesting look at three boxers at different stages in their career – the pro, the Olympic hopeful and the up-and-comer set against the background of a sport whose popularity is on the slide.  It’s an intimate portrayal for sure that, excuse the expression, pulls few punches.  It’s a really interesting documentary and is ... Read More »

Atomic Blonde – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Atomic Blonde isn’t the film the trailer has you think.  Less knock about 80’s spy romp with a hint of Roger Moore’s Bond, more hardcore spy thriller with sex, violence and action that puts this film on par with the likes of a John Wick (Think 007’s Licence To Kill).  The other thing to note about Atomic ... Read More »

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Yup it’s back and this time it’s travelling across the Globe. It’s as insane as you’d imagine and oddly the rather bad Katie Price cameo isn’t the worst acting in it (Tara Reid who once shone in American Pie is beyond phoning it in these days).  Yup each country has it’s own unique set of cameos ... Read More »

The Mummy (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Or Mummy Impossible. Yep…  Tom Cruise is back.  Not the good Tom Cruise who blew us away in Magnolia or Jerry Maguire but the other Tom Cruise who now seems set on finishing his career with action film after action film.  And here we go again as Universal try to give birth to their own cinematic ... Read More »

Beauty And The Beast (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: It’s fair to say that watching the live action Beauty And The Beast that it feels like Emma Watson was born to be a Disney princess.  Her doe eyes, freckles and boundless charm feel make her perfectly cast in the role of Belle.  What’s more Belle brings a fair degree of independence as is far away ... Read More »

The Shawshank Redemption – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Shawshank Redemption is hands down one of the best films of the modern film era and for sure one of the top 10 films ever made.  From it’s expert performances, sublime direction and a tight character led script, this is the benchmark in novella adaptations and without doubt the strongest adaptation of a Stephen King ... Read More »

Life – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Life is okay.  It’s not terrible by a long way and whilst it treads almost zero new ground (and oddly treads a lot of ground covered by Alien Covenant which was released a few months later) it’s certainly a fun ride.  The cast is fun, the direction makes good use of the confined spaces and the ... Read More »

Berlin Syndrome – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I can see why people dug Berlin Syndrome.  It’s often tense, always well performed and looks great.  I enjoyed it for a lot of it’s run time.  But there’s my main issue with the film: It’s run time.  Berlin Syndrome isn’t a long film but it does manage to repeat a lot of the same themes ... Read More »