Review: Suburbicon

Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler Poor George Clooney, he just can't seem to get a break. Go back 20 years or so and that statement would sound ludicrous; he was the biggest name in Hollywood (whether he wanted to be or not) and could have the pick of projects to … Continue reading Review: Suburbicon

Review: Maggie’s Plan

Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore I've been thinking of drawing up bingo cards for the genre staples of the New York indie relationship dramedy. A box full of boxes each one containing a different recognisable trope. The studio apartment. The academic novelist. The charming park bench scene. Piles of books. The … Continue reading Review: Maggie’s Plan

Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

"Nothing can prepare you for the end". So says the poster tagline for (deep breath) The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2; a tagline evidently written by someone miraculously unaware that these movies are based on a series of bestselling novels, making preparing for the end actually quite easy. I haven't read these books, but, … Continue reading Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

Review: Still Alice

At first, for Alice (Julianne Moore), its the little things. The minor frustrations we all suffer from occasionally. The kind of things that are only natural. She'll be lecturing at Columbia and the word she's seeking for becomes inexplicably out of reach. Or she'll forget a dinner date. The sort of things you can chalk … Continue reading Review: Still Alice

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (there's a mouthful), directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, presents a rare problem to the casual movie reviewer, in that it's director and star share the same last name. It's customary in this sort of work to refer to everyone by their surnames after the first … Continue reading Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Review: Maps To The Stars

Maps To The Stars seems to cement David Cronenberg moving into a new third phase in his career. Having made a name for himself in the 70's and 80's with provocative and perverse body horror pictures, his output since has been almost entirely literary, adapting disparate or 'unfilmable' source materials (his last self-written film was 1999's eXistenZ). … Continue reading Review: Maps To The Stars

Review: Carrie (2013)

The variable quality of Stephen King adaptations should probably be kept in mind here. The popular novelist's work can hardly be said to have made it to the screen consistently. Sure, there are notable successes (Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the efforts of Rob Reiner or Frank Darabont), but more often than not we're presented with incredibly … Continue reading Review: Carrie (2013)