Quick Review

Office Christmas Party – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Certain critics with a tin ear for comedy didn’t appreciate the rowdy, raucous and OTT delights of Office Christmas Party and you can see why.  It’s not subtle for sure.  BUT it is funny. Not Animal House funny but Office Christmas Party sailed past the Kermode 6 laugh test with ease and delivered many more.  Yes it wont be to everyone’s taste but Munn, Miller and Bateman do some ... Read More »

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Aka Lock, Stock And One Smoking Jude Law.  A hot mess of a film for sure, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword ranges from nearly brilliant to boring, often in the same sequence.  It’s what happens when you cross Lock Stock, Assassins Creed, Game Of Thrones, Excalibur, Lord Of The Rings and some insane fever dream. ... Read More »

Hush – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: For some reason some critics take offense at Blumhouse’s paired down high concept horror films.  I don’t. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them and Hush is yet another hit.  Effectively a home invasion film with a twist, Hush takes it’s concept and runs with it leaving us with a creepy, tense ... Read More »

The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: What starts off as a (relatively) convention thriller quickly turns into something a very unexpected. Troll Hunter director Andre Overadal does a great job of building tension, even if his vision exceeds his budget.  The cast is excellent with Hirsh once again shinning nut sadly the talented Lovibond is wasted in what is little more than ... Read More »

Alien: Covenant – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Alien Covenant is the best Alien film since Alien 3.  For many that may be damning with faint praise but actually I have always held (and still do) Alien 3 with high regard, and for sure it’s the Alien film I have watched the most. Covenant is also miles better than Prometheus, which again wasn’t hard, ... Read More »

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I‘m a late convert to the HTTYD franchise having only just seen the first two films with my daughter. The fact she has had these on repeat (along with the equally good TV Show) is credit to the appeal these movie shave.  Adventure, romance, action and loss… it deals with them all keeping boys and girls ... Read More »

Empire Records – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:  Empire Records was a massive bomb on it’s original release.  Critically and commercially.  Roger Ebert hated it (that said he hated The Usual Suspects…), Variety labelled it as “Soundtrack in search for a movie”  and it grossed under £300k on it’s theatrical release.   Yet as the years go on so the cult around Empire Records continues to ... Read More »

Sand Castle – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Boredom and horrors of war sub genre is well trodden.  Some films have done it well, others not so much.  Sand Castle (a very odd name never really referenced in the film) from Netflix sits in the middle.  It has some strong performances and stand out moments but overall seems a little melodramatic and televisual. ... Read More »

Casting JonBenet – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A strange one this.  Neither a true documentary or reconstruction, Casting JonBenet takes a side says look at one of the most famous unsolved cases of the 20th century.  From talking heads to awkward auditions, from opinion to loosely put together facts, it’s almost impossible to describe this movie other than saying it’s probably not for ... Read More »

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Filled with humour, action and heart, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a most enjoyable follow up to the smash hit original that manages to build on that films successes whilst successfully expanding the universe, characters and wit on what came before.  It goes without saying that the cast are uniformly excellent (with former WWE wrestler ... Read More »