Tag Archives: 2016 Films

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Hunt For the Wilderpeople – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Easily jumping into my top 10 for 2016, Hunt for The Wilderpeople is one of the wittiest and most charming films of 2016. A New Zealand family comedy-drama about a boy on the run with his grumpy foster dad may not seem like an appealing pitch but the film is almost note perfect and as the ... Read More »

Sausage Party – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Toy Story this isn’t. Rogan’s 18 rated hard edge comedy is rude, crude and often laugh out loud funny.  It doesn’t all work (Do-che I’m looking at you) and even at an hour and a half it feels a bit too long in places BUT when it hits it’s superb and certain delivers things that I ... Read More »

Train to Busan – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: In a near double bill with Girl With All The Gifts, Train To Busan more than held its own. The Korean action horror delivers on shocks, thrills and spills and puts to shame even recent episodes of The Walking Dead with characters you care for in imaginative and often tragic situations.  It’s not even about the gore ... Read More »

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2016 (Updated)

So 2016 may be in the rear mirror but having now seen a few of 2016’s last few must see movies I’m having a do-over and republishing my list of the best films of 2016. So here it is: my FINAL pick of the BEST films of 2016.   Film of The Year: The Nice Guys  In Brief: It was pretty much Room or ... Read More »