Review: Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Ewan McGregor Redefining for yourself what constitutes family is a large part of Doctor Sleep. the belated follow-up to both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Those two precursors are famously divergent. King hated Kubrick's film, which is widely regarded as one of the horror masterpieces. Kubrick altered the … Continue reading Review: Doctor Sleep

Review: Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans There seems to be an unspoken opinion in certain circles of film criticism that populist cinema is just plain bad. Bad in execution, bad even in principle. That by attempting to appeal to everyone, you implicitly censor yourself until there's nothing to say. It's a sweeping generalisation, … Continue reading Review: Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Review: T2 Trainspotting

Director: Danny Boyle Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller In 1996 Trainspotting was the right film at the right time. Scottish national pride, English national pride, British national pride were in an almost euphoric ascendancy. Britpop was brilliant (or so it seemed) and it's biggest successes were crossing borders. Sports fans were happy because … Continue reading Review: T2 Trainspotting

Review: August: Osage County

August: Osage County is a film with one hell of a pedigree. Based on the Pulitzer-winning play by Tracy Letts (and adapted for the screen by Letts), produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, with attention-grabbing turns from the likes of (deep breath now) Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict … Continue reading Review: August: Osage County