Quick Review

Be Here Now – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Andy Whitfield had ‘It’. He was charismatic, charming and lit up the screen.  After years as a jobbing actor and model he was on the verge of his big break when he was struck down with a super aggressive cancer that would eventually take his life. This documentry looks at his last months, an intimate, emtional ... Read More »

XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage- A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: In a year of dumb, fun films XXX The Return Of Xander Cage doesn’t quite hit the highs of the latest Fast & Furious films but it also isn’t anywhere near as bad as the reviews have you think.  XXX does what it says on the tin.  It’s stupid, it’s loud and it’s good, mindless fun. Sometimes ... Read More »

Prevenge – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Prevenge is a cracking independent pitch black horror comedy starring, written and directed by the actually pregnant Alice Lowe.  Seeking revenge for something from her past, Lowe’s Ruth brutally slays what at first look sleek a series of unconnected victims. But are they?  To be fair the why is kinda given away early on but the ... Read More »

Petes Dragon (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The original Pete’s Dragon was never one of my favourite Disney films. It was okay.  But nothing more.  Considering how much success Disney have had of late with adapting their own animated to live action, I had high hopes they could deliver something better here.  Sadly however I was once again left with an overriding feeling of ... Read More »

We Still Steal The Old Way – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The sequel to 2014’s hit We Still Kill The Old Way, WSSTOW reunites the geriatric cast of former gangsters for one more caper.  Set mostly in a prison, this story about redemption and revenge is well played by the leads including newcomer to the franchise Billy Murray.   The script is pretty sharp and plays humorously on the ... Read More »

I, Daniel Blake – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: I, Daniel Blake is a tough watch.  Whilst it shows there is hope in the actions of others, it’s over arching presentation of a society so consumed by technology and so lacking in a human touch, you cant help but leave reflecting how life is so hard for some in life today. It’s powerful stuff.  That ... Read More »

The Founder – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Founder is a well made, straight laced film that tells an interesting story in a simple, yet effective way.  Part of the charm here (unsurprisingly) is Michael Keaton who delivers yet another memorable performance (Keaton is hardly ever off screen) and whilst other cast members may be wasted, Keaton eats up his screen time.  Well ... Read More »

The Edge Of Seventeen – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Hailee Steinfeld has been an actress to watch since her breakout role in the Coen’s remake of True Grit.  And whilst she’s spent time in support roles, she more than shows here that she can carry a film and deliver enough charm and heat to win over the most cynical of film watchers.  A real joy ... Read More »