Film Review: The Way Back (2020)

Reuniting Ben Affleck with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor, The Way Back follows Jack Cunningham (Affleck), an alcoholic construction worker. He is soon recruited to train the basketball team of his former high school, where he was a star player.  On the face of it, The Way Back has the hallmarks of an almost cliché sports film with a lacklustre team and a coach seeking … Continue reading Film Review: The Way Back (2020)

Review: Ready or Not (2019)

After being featured at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival and Frightfest, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s latest film has been quietly making waves among critics and audiences alike. With a twisted family drama at its core, Ready or Not has the elements of the classic ‘hunted’ horror film. However, it is anything but. After marrying Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) on his parents’ estate, Grace … Continue reading Review: Ready or Not (2019)

Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

I have to admit, I am not the biggest Jarmusch fan. Given the usual slow pace of his films especially with uneventful dramas such as Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, his style is a love-or-hate thing. So, having this as the foundation of his latest film – his first foray into horror – is questionable. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam … Continue reading Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Broken City – 2.5/5 stars

Political corruption seems to belong nowadays on television.  Whether it is in crime dramas or cop series, there seems to be no end of avenues to exploit the darker side of politics.  Now, it is the basis of a revenge crime thriller starring Mark Whalberg and a smarmy Russell Crowe. Broken City is set in New York, where NYPD detective-turned-private detective Billy Taggart (Whalberg) is hired … Continue reading Broken City – 2.5/5 stars

Robot & Frank – 4/5 stars

In the not-too distant future, Robot & Frank sees retired cat burglar Frank (Frank Langella) become the reluctant owner/companion of a sophisticated robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), who is programmed to take care of him when his grown-up children are unable to afford the time or effort. Initially resistant to the healthy lifestyle the Robot introduces to his daily routine, Frank starts to bond with it as … Continue reading Robot & Frank – 4/5 stars

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – 2/5 stars

We’ve had vampires, zombies and millions of aliens, but there has been a fantasy sub-genre that hasn’t been touched on in the last few years.  Since TV cult series Charmed and, ummm, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, finished what seems like ages ago, witches haven’t been given the modern treatment. Mind you, this is from my limited recent memory…   Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is … Continue reading Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – 2/5 stars