Tag Archives: 2017 Films

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 »

Grosse Point Geek – Alien: Covenant

On their way to colonise a  new world, the crew of the starship Covenant intercept a signal from a nearby planet and go to investigate. Upon arrival they discover a crashed Engineer spacecraft and the android David (Michael Fassbender) who has been marooned there since arriving some ten years previously. Soon things take a turn for the worst as one ... 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 »

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 »

The Sense Of An Ending – Motion Picture Maniac

I really wish I could explain why this film is called The Sense Of An Ending, but alas, I cannot, after seeing the film in its entirety and getting no where on what the hell it’s supposed to mean I can only assume it’s one of those “slot machine” titles, the kind that don’t really appear to have anything to ... Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A film that makes the original 50 Shades look like Casablanca, Fifty Shades Darker decides to stick with the source material for mostly hilarious results.  This film is about as se– as a over 90’s Bingo night at Pontins and is delivered with all the sophistication and charm of, well, an over 90’s Bingo night at Pontins.  It’s ... Read More »