Review: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Director: Marielle Heller Stars: Matthew Rhys, Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson We didn't really have Mr Rogers in the UK, but we had - and we have - Tom Hanks. From the every-man goofiness of his early comedies, through the earnest '90s to the kind, middle-aged statesman of many a Steven Spielberg picture, Hanks has … Continue reading Review: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Review: Toy Story 4

Director: Josh Cooley Stars: Tom Hanks, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves The BBFC certificate card for Toy Story 4 confirms that it is rated U for universal, as expected, but it also advises that the film contains 'mild violence' and 'scary scenes'. A murmur ripples out across the packed cinema audience. 'Scary scenes'? This is a Pixar … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

Review: The Post

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson In January of 2017 just a few short hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began a war with the press. It's a situation that has perpetuated, and now dominates the perception of his time in office. That war, over the veracity of the stories … Continue reading Review: The Post

Review: Sully

Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney One of the major debilitating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the inability to remember a traumatic event without feeling as though you are reliving it. Todd Komarnicki's screenplay for Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, is clearly sensitive to this fact. The decision made by … Continue reading Review: Sully

Review: Bridge Of Spies

On the closing credits of the Coen Brothers' 2010 hit western remake True Grit there was a telltale executive producer credit for one Steven Spielberg. Despite Oscar glory three years earlier for No Country For Old Men, it was this quiet accumulation of characters at the close of one of their most popularist movies that cemented their … Continue reading Review: Bridge Of Spies

Review: Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips tackles the same subject matter as Tobias Lindholm's feature A Hijacking did earlier this year, namely what occurs at sea when Somali pirates commandeer a vessel and its crew for ransom. The differences between the two films are revealing about the different sensibilities of cinema on either side of the Atlantic. Lindholm's film captured the business-like … Continue reading Review: Captain Phillips

Review: Cloud Atlas

My David Mitchell experience is limited at best. I made it about a third of the way through number9dream before giving up - something I don't easily do with novels out of abject stubbornness. Whilst I appreciated it's cocksure narrative booby traps, I also found them somewhat tiresome. Cloud Atlas I haven't attempted. And now here's … Continue reading Review: Cloud Atlas