X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Year: 2014 Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the X-Men film franchise and I don’t know why. I love superheroes, both in comic-book and movie form, I love the idea of … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Captain America: The First Avenger

Year: 2011 Director: Joe Johnston Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The way Marvel do things dictates that each of the Avengers gets their own ‘origin story’ first, and arguably none are more important than that of the First Avenger, Captain America. … Continue reading Captain America: The First Avenger

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Year: 2014 Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Much like the X-Men series, Spider-Man is another Marvel franchise which I’ve never really got into. The Toby Maguire trilogy was painful for me to watch; I think they took the geeky Peter Parker character to … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Year: 2009 Director: Gregg Mottola Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes From the director of the legendary ‘Superbad’ comes another odd little comedy-of-sorts, albeit a much more obscure and delicate film. Gregg Mottola takes us back to the 1980s, 1987 to be precise and economic … Continue reading Adventureland

Bad Teacher

Year: 2011 Director: Jake Kasdan Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes There was once a time when the typical role for Cameron Diaz was to be the sexy love interest for your male protagonist, and she was pretty damn effective in that role. Think ‘There’s Something About … Continue reading Bad Teacher


Year: 2012 Director: John Hillcoat Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia Lebeouf, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes When I watch a film and see the message “based on true events”, my whole viewing experience thereafter is affected by the knowledge that I’m watching a ‘true story’. This varies depending … Continue reading Lawless


Year: 2013 Director: Stephen Frears Starring: Dame Judi Dench, Steve Coogan Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I struggled to really pin down the genre of ‘Philomena’, there are so many different emotions and themes which are conveyed by the film. Moments of deep sorrow are immediately followed by scenes which will make you laugh through the … Continue reading Philomena

Horrible Bosses 2

Year: 2014 Director: Sean Anders Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Chritoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I really enjoyed the first ‘Horrible Bosses’ movie, I thought it was clever, entertaining and very original. With a new director at the helm, Sean Anders, and an … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

The Wedding Ringer

Year: 2015 Director: Jeremy Garelick Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes If for some reason you were planning on watching ‘The Wedding Ringer’, I’m about to save you approximately 100 minutes of your life, minus the time it takes to read this review. The movie … Continue reading The Wedding Ringer

The Interview

Year: 2014 Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Seth Rogen and James Franco have to be two of the weirdest, most ridiculous people in the whole world. Brought together by a love of drugs and the absurd, the pair have become almost synonymous with one another, making … Continue reading The Interview

American Sniper

Year: 2014 Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes ‘American Sniper’ has enjoyed unrivalled success at the box office since its release at the end of 2014, becoming the most successful war film of all time, stealing the crown which belonged to ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for around 17 years. … Continue reading American Sniper

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Year: 2013 Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes What can I say, I do love a good biopic. And they don’t come much better than the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort. Add to this my favourite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and … Continue reading The Wolf Of Wall Street


Year: 2015 Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifinakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes ‘Birdman’ is a film which has received huge critical acclaim and cleaned up at many of the awards ceremonies leading up to the much anticipated Academy Awards. The film centers around … Continue reading Birdman

Gone Girl

Year: 2014 Director: David Fincher Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Edited by Molly Dolan When my partner asked if we could go and watch ‘Gone Girl’ at the cinema, I thought we were off to see another rom-com. I was horribly wrong, and as a result, horribly underprepared for the … Continue reading Gone Girl

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Year: 2014 Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell Written by Patrick Alexander When it comes to sequels, I’m usually out. Trilogies, maybe if they’re based on a good series of books or graphic novels, you might keep my attention, but traditionally the second attempt at a second-rate idea misses the mark with … Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Year: 2014 Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage Written by Nick Deal Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes As I sat down in the cinema and prepared myself to say goodbye to Middle Earth one last time, a wave of sadness hit me. This final instalment of director Peter Jackson’s epic drama signalled the end … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Year: 1988 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer (voice) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Don’t be fooled by the animated element of the wacky titular character, or the PG rating. The family friendly tone of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ is highly contestable and labelling this film as a dark, fantastical, comedy is … Continue reading Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

John Wick

Year: 2014 Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Keanu Reeves continues his steady comeback in ‘John Wick’, as the titular character, an ex-hitman who was under the service of a large crime-mob for a number of years. After retiring and marrying, things appear … Continue reading John Wick


Year: 2012 Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Until recently, Ben Affleck was regarded as something of a joke in Hollywood. His acting was heavily criticised and his production and writing work was lamentable. But that is certainly no longer the case. ‘The Town’ really brought Affleck … Continue reading Argo

Sex Tape

Year: 2014 Director: Jake Kasdan Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I recently reviewed ‘Bad Teacher’, which was a welcome surprise, a film which broke the mould and refused to be just a basic, low-level comedy. Three years later and the same director who brought us ‘Bad Teacher’, Jake Kasdan, pairs up Cameron Diaz … Continue reading Sex Tape

Need For Speed

Year: 2014 Director: Scott Waugh Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes One of the more curious movie ideas to me, is the increasingly common conversion of video games to film. It rarely works out, but studios seem to keep giving them the green light. From ‘Super Mario … Continue reading Need For Speed

The Theory Of Everything

Year: 2015 Director: James Marsh Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Like many others, including director James Marsh, when I first heard about ‘The Theory Of Everything’, I assumed it was to be a biopic of the brilliant Stephen Hawking. This is only half-true, whilst the film does centre around the life of … Continue reading The Theory Of Everything


Year: 2014 Director: Dan Gilroy Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed  Written by Nick Deal Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes I was expecting ‘Nightcrawler’ to be rather unnerving in tone, and it certainly did not disappoint. Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut is an exceptionally dark and twisted thriller, which throws up several questions of morality, presenting an interesting … Continue reading Nightcrawler

Seventh Son

Year: 2014 Director: Sergey Bodrov Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes To say that ‘Seventh Son’ is one of the most predictable and boring films I have seen recently, in a month which has produced multiple box-office flops, speaks volumes of the manner in … Continue reading Seventh Son


Year: 2014 Director: Richard Linklater Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Conceptually speaking, ‘Boyhood’ is a transcendent movement in the world of film. By creating a film over a 12 year period, director Richard Linklater has officially raised the bar for directors everywhere. I mean, … Continue reading Boyhood


Year: 2014 Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon, Melanie Laurent Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Edited by Molly Dolan From the man who brought us the fantastic ‘Prisoners’, Denis Villeneuve, comes another thrilling mystery. Or a mystery at least. ‘Enemy’ is a quirky, subversive film, which oddly passed under the radar and onto … Continue reading Enemy


Year: 2012 Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Michael Shannon  Written by Sam James Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Being a typecast actor is a concept which many in Hollywood find themselves victim to. Some rise to the challenge with great success, such as Angelina Jolie, who faceted a change of … Continue reading Mud


Year: 2014 Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Miles Teller, J.K Simmons  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Interestingly, ‘Whiplash’ is one of the few Oscar-nominated pictures that I hadn’t seen before the ceremony. After nabbing a hat-trick of awards on the big night, I was even more inclined to see what all the fuss was about. Initially, … Continue reading Whiplash


Year: 2012 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly Written by Sam James Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Trailers; the curse of the modern day blockbuster. Half the time you’ve got some fat kid from Utah putting these things together, hoping for more hits on his Minecraft demonstration. The rest of the time … Continue reading Flight

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Year: 2015 Director: Steve Pink Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Sequels can often be hit and miss, even off the back of a successful first film. One hopes that a sequel can extend the series and embellish the plot of its predecessor, whilst filling any … Continue reading Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Dracula Untold

Year: 2014 Director: Gary Shore Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon Written by Patrick Alexander Origin stories have always made for immensely appealing viewing to me. Whether it be in film, literature, or even television; something about the backstory and learning how the character’s personality, afflictions and psychology came to be, is wildly intriguing. This insight adds … Continue reading Dracula Untold

The Boxtrolls

Year: 2014 Director: Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi Starring: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayaode (voices) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes As any parent knows, and anyone else can imagine, it can be frustratingly difficult to take a child to the cinema. Picking the right film, satisfying their sweet-tooth cravings, getting the perfect … Continue reading The Boxtrolls

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Year: 2014 Director: Matthew Vaughn Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton  Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes I personally consider most British comedies to be wittier than their American counterparts, mainly due to well-placed gags and expertly crafted dialogue. With ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, where it lacked at times on the gag front, … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service


Year: 2014 Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Going boldly where no man (or woman) has ever been before; an astronaut’s ultimate goal. Finding a new home for humanity; an astronaut’s wet dream. Can you imagine the hero’s welcome? I imagine it’s something like the kinda party … Continue reading Interstellar


Year: 2014 Director: Bennett Miller Starring: Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes If sex sells, then there’s no reason for Foxcatcher to have made a dime. It’s filled with inherent contradictions to such a simple, popular and successful concept. A movie about Olympic Greco-Roman style wrestling? … Continue reading Foxcatcher

It Follows

Year: 2015 Director: David Mitchell Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe Written by Nick Deal Let me begin with stating that I am not the world’s biggest horror film fan. I’ve dabbled occasionally, but never really found the spark or connection with a film that others claim to have had. I have … Continue reading It Follows

Wayne’s World

Year: 1992 Director: Penelope Spheeris Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I was about six years old when I first watched ‘Wayne’s World’, and I didn’t have a clue what was going on. I only watched it then because it was my auntie’s favourite film, and she had exhausted all … Continue reading Wayne’s World

The Imitation Game

Year: 2014 Director: Morten Tyldum Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Mark Strong Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes You know you’ve done something right when your film is nominated for the Best Picture category at The Oscars. So Morten Tyldum’s ‘The Imitation Game’ must be an exceptional film, right? That was my inherent reasoning, but … Continue reading The Imitation Game

This Is Where I Leave You

Year: 2014 Director: Shawn Levy Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz On a recent long-haul flight, ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ was all that was available, so I pressed play and was pleasantly surprised by this take on the family-gathering scenario. Each year, … Continue reading This Is Where I Leave You

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Year: 2014 Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (voice), Vin Diesel (voice) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a Marvel B-side project to please the kids? No, no, HELL NO! There are of course, inescapable comparisons between ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ and its … Continue reading Guardians Of The Galaxy

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Year: 2015 Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, has taken a badly written novel and turned it into a piece of gold-plated schlock. Worldwide, the film has been a box-office sellout, taking more than $500 million in its first … Continue reading Fifty Shades Of Grey

The Judge

Year: 2014 Director: David Dobkin Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Robert Downey Jr. is the fucking man, no question. In the last decade at least, he hasn’t put a foot wrong, everything he does turns to gold. In Robert Downey Jr.’s case, I mean this very … Continue reading The Judge


Year: 2014 Director: Yann Demange Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer Written by Nick Deal Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes When I heard that Jack O’Connell was starring in an intense, edge of the seat, action-thriller, I immediately shortlisted ‘71’ as a film that I had to watch. As a big fan of his … Continue reading ’71


Year: 2015 Director: Tim Johnson Starring: Rihanna, Jim Parsons Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes I approached the movie ‘Home’ with expectations of mediocrity. Aside from ‘Lilo & Stitch’, the majority of movies featuring animated aliens have faltered; ‘Aliens In The Attic’, ‘Planet 51’ and more recently ‘Escape From Planet Earth’, to name a few. With … Continue reading Home

United 93

Year: 2006 Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colon-Zayas, J.J Johnson Written by Chris Winterbottom Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes There was a lot of concern surrounding the release of ‘United 93’ in 2006, with inevitable cries of “too soon” heard before the film opened. Four years passed since the horrendous … Continue reading United 93

Still Alice

Year: 2014 Directors: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Imagine the loss of your memories. The familiar faces of your loved ones gradually becoming unrecognisable – your world distorting until all meaning is lost. Not a pleasant thought, … Continue reading Still Alice

Pacific Rim

Year: 2013 Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Nick Deal When you go to watch a movie like Pacific Rim, your expectations should always be somewhat realistic – remember, this is never going to be a film that is stylistically amazing or one which is knocking … Continue reading Pacific Rim

The Breakfast Club

Year: 1985 Director: John Hughes Starring: Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Edited by Molly Dolan As I go to pop ‘The Breakfast Club’ into the DVD player once again, I examine the cover; Empire magazine describes this as “THE DEFINITIVE 80s TEEN MOVIE”. They’re … Continue reading The Breakfast Club


Year: 2010 Director: Robert Schwentke Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes When I first heard about ‘RED’, I was unsure if I would like it. Sure, Bruce Willis was responsible for the legendary ‘Die Hard’, but that’s the problem with legends … Continue reading RED

American Hustle

Year: 2013 Director: David O Russell Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes With a total of ten Oscar nominations, in just about every category going, and a cast boasting some of the biggest and best names in Hollywood, I was expecting something special from ‘American … Continue reading American Hustle

22 Jump Street

Year: 2014 Director(s): Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill Written by Chris Winterbottom After the success of ‘21 Jump Street’, one would have been forgiven for thinking this sequel would be a cynical cash-in. The original film was entertaining, warm and funny and seemed a refreshing reboot of a somewhat dated … Continue reading 22 Jump Street


Year: 2014 Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Imagine if human beings could utilise their brain to its full potential. It’s an interesting concept, one which we’ve seen before – in 2011 with ‘Limitless’ – and one which has been revisited rather prematurely with ‘Lucy’. It is particularly odd that the … Continue reading Lucy

The Usual Suspects

Year: 1995 Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlethwaite Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’m often guilty of neglecting the “classics”. I tend to convince myself that “I will watch them soon” and that “they will always be there to watch another time”. But when ‘The Usual Suspects’ … Continue reading The Usual Suspects


Year: 2014 Director: Darren Aranofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes As a devout atheist, it goes without saying that I’m not big on the old biblical tales and as such, religious themed films tend not to be my thing. That said, the story of Noah’s ark was probably the … Continue reading Noah


Year: 2013 Director: Dean Parisot Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes If you read my last review, you will know I loved the original ‘RED’, which left me feeling rather optimistic about the sequel. I know sequels have a tendency to fall … Continue reading RED 2


Year: 2014 Director: Ava DuVernay Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Stephan James, Wendell Pierce, Common, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Oscar nominated in the Best Picture category – but not much else – ‘Selma’ became the poster-boy for the under representation of black people in the film industry at this year’s ceremony. The film … Continue reading Selma

Starred Up

Year: 2014 Director: David Mackenzie Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend Written by Nick Deal I will keep this review short and sweet, otherwise I could find myself writing a dissertation length piece on what is truly an incredible piece of British realist cinema. There is so much to love about ‘Starred Up’, and I shall do … Continue reading Starred Up

Mad Max

Year: 1979 Director: George Miller Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Bryne Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes With ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ less than a month a way, I turned my attention to exploring the original trilogy to prepare myself for the upcoming reboot. In truth, ‘Mad Max’ is a series which I knew very little about, and … Continue reading Mad Max

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior

Year: 1981 Director: George Miller Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes After watching the first ‘Mad Max’ film from the original trilogy, I was feeling pretty positive about the sequel. I now know Max Rockatansky a little better, he’s got a back-story and a trauma, so this time around I’m expecting a … Continue reading Mad Max 2: Road Warrior

The Culture High

Year: 2014 Director: Brett Harvey Starring: Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan, Wiz Khalifa, Sir Richard Branson Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I am heading into uncharted territory here, writing my first documentary review. It is new territory upon which I am excited to trespass, because I strongly believe it is important to draw people’s attention to a very clever, … Continue reading The Culture High

That Awkward Moment

Year: 2014 Director: Tom Gormican Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Imogen Poots Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Whenever I scour Netflix (other film and television subscription services are available) for an interesting movie, I’m always wary of those titles you’ve never heard of, the ones that probably went straight-to-DVD. You know … Continue reading That Awkward Moment

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Year: 2015 Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, James Spader, Jeremy Renner Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes My expectations for ‘Age Of Ultron’ were high. Thinking about it, my expectations have probably never been higher. I consider ‘Avengers Assemble’ to be truly amazing, and this sequel promised to be … Continue reading Avengers: Age Of Ultron

A Long Way Down

Year: 2014 Director: Pascal Chaumeil Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Occasionally, I sit down and look for films I’ve never heard of. Sometimes I come across very good independent and/or foreign films worthy of my time.  This was the case with ‘A … Continue reading A Long Way Down


Year: 2013 Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Starring: Agata Trzebokowska, Agneta Kulesza , Dawid Ogrodnik Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz Spoiler Alert: This film has sub-titles and it’s black and white! Okay – that wasn’t really a spoiler, but my point is that many people wouldn’t bother going to see a black and white film let alone one with … Continue reading Ida

Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome

Year: 1985 Director: George Miller Starring: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes How does this sound – a post-nuclear future where barbarians and scavengers roam the wasteland and Tina Turner is a power-hungry dominatrix. Wait, what!? This is the epic, final chapter of a legendary trilogy and it has to finish strongly. … Continue reading Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Year: 1977 Director: George Lucas Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes George Lucas created what is arguably the most iconic franchise ever when he introduced the world to the ‘Star Wars’ series. I’m just gutted I missed the first wave back in the 70s. What I would give to be there, among … Continue reading Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

American Beauty

Year: 1999 Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari Written by Nick Deal ‘American Beauty’ is one of those films that everyone talks about and recommends, but one that I simply haven’t got round to seeing. We’re all guilty of it. We all know there are certain films we should have seen that we haven’t, … Continue reading American Beauty

How To Train Your Dragon

Year: 2010 Director(s): Dean Deblois, Chris Sanders Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Nick Deal ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ is probably the best animated film franchise that DreamWorks has ever produced. It is both beautiful and profound on levels that eclipses most American made animated films. Before … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon

The Babadook

Year: 2014 Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman  Written by Nick Deal ‘The Babadook‘ is a film that I’ve wanted to see for quite a while. I’m not a massive horror fan but I do tend to find myself scrolling through Netflix and ending up more often than not on their Horror page. … Continue reading The Babadook

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Year: 1980 Director: Irvin Kershner Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This has always been my favourite film from the ‘Star Wars’ series. Where ‘A New Hope’ was a great introduction to it all, this second installment takes us right in to the heart of the action. This is the retaliation, … Continue reading Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

Year: 1983 Director: Richard Marquand Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes My love for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ means that the sequel, ‘Return Of The Jedi’ has always been somewhat overshadowed and neglected. I’m fully aware of the successes of this film and the way it brilliantly concludes the trilogy, … Continue reading Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

Taken 3

Year: 2015 Director: Oliver Megaton Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen Written by Patrick Alexander  Edited by Nick Deal We all have a friend that loves doing the same things over and over again. They have the same monotonous routines and they rarely shake things up or come out of their shell. In general, … Continue reading Taken 3


Year: 2010 Director: Jorma Taccone Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillipe Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Most ‘Saturday Night Live’ movie adaptations are happy to tread water and celebrate mediocrity, staying true to the sketch and refusing to push boundaries. Only a few would stand out as recommendations for a wider … Continue reading MacGruber

Arthur & Merlin

Year: 2015 Director: Marco van Belle Starring: Kirk Barker, Stefan Butler, Nigel Cooke  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes About a month ago, my grandmother came to me with a newspaper cutting from the local paper. Now, she does this probably once a month, but this time she was on to a winner. I’m not usually … Continue reading Arthur & Merlin

Meet The Fockers

Year: 2004 Director: Jay Roach Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes For some reason, I’ve always been a little sceptical about the ‘Meet The Parents’ series. The first film is okay, but nothing more, and I guess that opinion just kinda spilled over onto the sequel. … Continue reading Meet The Fockers

The Borrowers

Year: 1997 Director: Peter Hewitt Starring: Jim Broadbent, John Goodman, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is a film I remember well from my childhood. I loved the exciting, little fantasy world of ‘The Borrowers’ when I was young, and when my daughter heard a sound coming from my boiler cupboard, I found the … Continue reading The Borrowers

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Year: 2014 Director: Dean DeBlois Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler Written by Andrew Garrison My expectations for ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ – which I will call ‘HTTYD2’ from now on, for obvious reasons – were sky high after the immensely popular and visually stunning original back in 2010. I was curious to see how … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon 2


Year: 2015 Director: Levan Gabriadze Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig Written by Nick Deal ‘Unfriended’ is the third horror film that I have reviewed in the past couple of months, despite me saying I’m not a fan of the genre. So it’s probably about time I just accepted that I do enjoy the occasional … Continue reading Unfriended

The Inbetweeners Movie

Year: 2011 Director: Ben Palmer Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison  Written by Chris Winterbottom I went into ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ with reserved expectations. After the television cult hit turned into a national phenomenon there was huge expectations for this film to be a success; both financially and with audiences, and more often than not, … Continue reading The Inbetweeners Movie


Year: 2001 Director: Ted Demme Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta, Jordi Mollà  Written by Sam James Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes ‘Blow’ is a great film. ‘Blow’ is a good film. ‘Blow’ is ok. Retrospective writing is a challenge, unless the film transcends time which is the signifier of a truly great film. If a film … Continue reading Blow

Mad Max: Fury Road

Year: 2015 Director: George Miller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Bryne Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Nick Deal With ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ receiving exceptionally positive reviews from advance screenings this week, and hitting the dizzying heights of a 9.3 rating on IMDb, one could be excused for expecting a mind-blowing cinematic spectacle. … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Year: 1999 Director: George Lucas Starring: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I know this trilogy doesn’t come close to the originals, but I do remember ‘The Phantom Menace’ being a lot of fun. When it was released in 1999, I finally had the chance to be a front line fan … Continue reading Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The Princess Bride

Year: 1987 Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Fred Savage Written by Andrew Garrison ‘The Princess Bride’ has been affectionately carried with me throughout my childhood all the way into my adult life and it still stands as my favorite film of all time. Unlike recent … Continue reading The Princess Bride


Year: 2015 Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie Written by Patrick Alexander Will Smith is without a doubt a great actor. Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed the majority of his work – from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ to ‘Wild Wild West’ and ‘I-Robot’ to ‘Hitch’ and plenty in between. But … Continue reading Focus

Now You See Me

Year: 2013 Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Magicians turned criminals, really? Magicians and film is such a hit and miss combination anyway. Some TV magicians are undisputedly amazing, and Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’ was a fantastic film. The … Continue reading Now You See Me

The Inbetweeners 2

Year: 2014 Director: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas Written by Chris Winterbottom ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ was a box office sensation here in the UK. It caught many cinemas by surprise at just how many people went to see the film; baffling considering how popular the TV … Continue reading The Inbetweeners 2

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones

Year: 2002 Director: George Lucas Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes To be honest, I couldn’t really remember much from this one. Which really annoyed me and also worried me. Not because I feared I was losing my memory, but because a film of this cinematic magnitude … Continue reading Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones


Year: 2015 Director: Neill Blomkamp Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver  Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes This film got a pretty hard time after its release in theatres, with many critics and moviegoers alike responding with little more than ambivalence. So you are forgiven for expecting a mediocre … Continue reading Chappie

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

Year: 2005 Director: George Lucas Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes It pained me to admit that I could barely remember watching ‘Attack Of The Clones’ the first time. So it killed me to admit that I had no recollection of watching its successor, ‘Revenge Of The … Continue reading Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

San Andreas

Year: 2015 Director: Brad Peyton Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Disaster movies are never as groundbreaking as the earthquakes and twisters they depict. It’s a sub-genre which allows for very little originality or plot depth, and for that reason, I wasn’t particularly eager to go and see ‘San … Continue reading San Andreas


Year: 2015 Director: Doug Ellin Starring: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon Written by Andrew Garrison I walked into the movie ‘Entourage’ knowing very little about the HBO television series, which ran from 2004 through 2011, that built enough of a cult following to command a feature length, big screen adaptation. … Continue reading Entourage

Jurassic Park

Year: 1993 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough  Written by Chris Winterbottom  I was almost five years old when ‘Jurassic Park’ roared into theatres. As a kid who loved dinosaurs (I still do to be honest) this film really did tick all the boxes for a child my age. But I never … Continue reading Jurassic Park


Year: 2008 Director: Peter Berg Starring: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’ve watched this film a few times before and always loved it. Admittedly, I love just about anything superhero related, and ‘Hancock’ offers something a little bit different, something new to the genre. The film gets a pretty … Continue reading Hancock


 Year: 2013 Director: Tyron Lanse van Vuuren Starring: Stiaan Smith Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes WARNING: This review may contain some spoilers I was lucky enough to be present at the opening night of IndieFlicks Manchester – an international short film screening – hosted in the wonderfully weird Ziferblat cafe, hidden away on a Mancunian backstreet. With … Continue reading Preparation

The Intouchables

Year: 2011 Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Starring: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz If I was on a one-woman mission to persuade the people of Britain to watch subtitled films, then ‘The Intouchables’ is the movie that I’d tell everyone to watch first. Never mind all … Continue reading The Intouchables

The Silence Of The Lambs

Year: 1991 Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster  Written by Nick Deal I will soon be undergoing a house move, which means there has been ample opportunity for me to have a root around in my DVD collection whilst packing stuff into various boxes. I saw the iconic DVD case for ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ … Continue reading The Silence Of The Lambs


Year: 2013 Director: Steven Knight Starring: Tom Hardy Written by Patrick Alexander Whenever I notice a film with such critical acclaim as ‘Locke’, I make a point of going out of my way to see it. ‘Locke’ is not the type of blockbuster you saw in adverts on television. It’s a minimalist, under-the-radar, indie arthouse … Continue reading Locke

Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Year: 2015 Director: Brett Morgen Starring: Kurt Cobain, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain, Kim Cobain, Courtney Love Written by Molly Dolan Nirvana has long held a fascination amongst not only fans, but any persons aware of their unavoidable musical dominance in the early 1990s. The bands’ genuine rock presence in an era of dance pop was … Continue reading Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Wreck-It Ralph

Year: 2012 Director: Rich More Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jake McBrayer, Alan Tudyk Written by Nick Deal  It’s been a while since a new Disney film has caught my eye and lured me into watching it, as I am of the impression that “the classics” are still the best, so I’ve tended to steer … Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph

The Hangover

Year: 2009 Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Many years and many viewings later, ‘The Hangover’ trilogy still stands as one of the finest comedy franchises in my eyes. The film which introduced one of my favourite comedy actors, Zach Galifianakis, into … Continue reading The Hangover

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Year: 1997 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn Written by Chris Winterbottom I saw ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ for the first time in much the same way I watched its predecessor; on VHS, in the living room, on a tiny television set. My excitement for this film dwarfed my … Continue reading The Lost World: Jurassic Park


Year: 2015 Director: Paul Feig Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’m sure nobody expects miracles from a film like this; the comic spy is a role which has been played to death, let’s be honest. Much in the same way as Melissa McCarthy’s career actually, who … Continue reading Spy

Insidious: Chapter 3

Year: 2015 Director: Leigh Whannell Starring: Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Reid MacKay Written by Nick Deal Let me begin by saying that I am a fan of the original ‘Insidious’ film. I originally saw it at the cinema and enjoyed it so much that I even splashed out on a DVD copy! I thought the … Continue reading Insidious: Chapter 3

Jurassic Park III

Year: 2001 Director: Joe Johnston Starring: Sam Neill, William H Macy, Tea Leoni Written by Chris Winterbottom For the third film the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise, my family treated me to a trip to the cinema; finally I was to see these wonderfully crafted creatures on the big screen. Just how the animated dinosaurs were meant … Continue reading Jurassic Park III

Jurassic World

Year: 2015 Director: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Not unlike most boys my age, I was dinosaur mad as a child. Whilst I adored ‘Jurassic Park’ in my younger years, that affinity soon diminished and admittedly, I don’t have a fondness for the franchise like many I know. Nevertheless, I was pretty … Continue reading Jurassic World

Edward Scissorhands

Year: 1990 Director: Tim Burton Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall, Dianne West Written by Andrew Garrison The first time I saw ‘Edward Scissorhands’, I was a young teenager. With only a few exceptions, I never had a major bully problem growing up. However, complete with a somewhat menacing look, but a kind … Continue reading Edward Scissorhands


Year: 1977 Director: Dario Argento Starring: Jessica Harper, Stafania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Udo Kier Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz For many years I couldn’t watch horror films. A vivid imagination and a complete belief in the existence of vampires meant sleepless nights and tortured dreams at the mention of Dracula. Confronted with a compulsory film module … Continue reading Suspiria

Into The Wild

Year: 2007 Director: Sean Penn Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden Written by Sam James Sean Penn’s most recent directorial outing ‘Into The Wild’ has, in my experience been a word of mouth film, and that word is usually “amazing” followed quickly by “ahh you’ve got to watch it”. I was … Continue reading Into The Wild

Due Date

Year: 2010 Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I thought ‘The Hangover’ was funny. I thought Zach Galifianakis was funny. Then I discovered ‘Due Date’ and nothing has been the same since. I often go through life throwing in quotes from my favourite comedy films … Continue reading Due Date


Year: 2014 Director: Matthew Warchus Starring: Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Faye Marsay, Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz If you liked ‘Billy Elliot’ or ‘The Full Monty’ then you’ll probably like ‘Pride’. Set in 1984 and based on a true story (all the best stories are); British … Continue reading Pride

Movie 43

Year: 2013 Director(s): Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken (Yeah, seriously) Starring: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Dennis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet Written by Chris Winterbottom I did not know what to expect … Continue reading Movie 43

The Matrix

Year: 1999 Director(s): Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Written by Patrick Alexander To preface, as a reader you should know that this review is based on me seeing ‘The Matrix’ for the first time only a few days ago, in June 2015. Be forewarned that this review is not some … Continue reading The Matrix

Super Mario Bros.

Year: 1993 Director(s): Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton Starring: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes It may surprise you, that as a child I actually enjoyed the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie. But as I grew older and wiser, I started to see that it wasn’t as great as … Continue reading Super Mario Bros.


Year: 2008 Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Tom Hardy Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Before Tom Hardy became a household name, he was tirelessly treading the boards of theatres and popping up on the small screen. That is, until the one man show that is ‘Bronson’ really introduced Mr. Hardy to the world of Hollywood. With one of my … Continue reading Bronson


Year: 2015 Director: Henry Hobson Starring: Abigail Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joely Richardson Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz I wanted this film to be good. I watched the trailer months ago and I had high expectations. But did you know that the film company that produces a film is rarely responsible for putting together the trailer? Specialist film companies, that … Continue reading Maggie

The Matrix Reloaded

Year: 2003 Director(s): Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss Written by Patrick Alexander As I’ve mentioned before in this space, I don’t love sequels. Sequels are to me, a symbol of two things. First, they symbolize a gross inability to re-innovate, or laziness to create something fresh and more compelling. Second, … Continue reading The Matrix Reloaded

The Book Of Eli

Year: 2010 Director(s): Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Starring: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman  Written by Rhys Wortham In a post-apocalyptic world Eli (Denzel Washington) hears a mystical voice and is told to deliver a copy of the King James Bible to a worthy colony, in the west. On his journey, he runs into a ‘mayor’ (Gary Oldman) … Continue reading The Book Of Eli

Girl, Interrupted

 Year: 1999 Director: James Mangold Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes After reading ‘Shutter Island’ recently (and loving it, I might add), I saw it necessary to watch a film based in a mental hospital, naturally. Ever since its release in 1999, I have always seen somewhat iconic images from ‘Girl, Interrupted’ and heard … Continue reading Girl, Interrupted

The Game

Year: 1997 Director: David Fincher Starring: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn Written by Chris Winterbottom I adore the work of David Fincher. At least two films of his are wrestling with other classics to break into my top ten films of all time. To sit down and revisit the filmography of a director of this stature … Continue reading The Game

The Matrix Revolutions

Year: 2003 Director(s): Andy Wachwoski, Lana Wachowski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving Written by Patrick Alexander I finally freaking get it. I get why ‘The Matrix’ is considered one of the all time greats. I get why Neo is the greatest original hero of the past 30 years. I get why these movies matter … Continue reading The Matrix Revolutions

Terminator Genisys

Year: 2015 Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Confession time: I’ve never seen any of the ‘Terminator’ films. Actually, I’ve never been big on the “must-sees” and the “classics”. The ‘Terminator’ franchise in particular has never appealed to me; I just think the films look so dated … Continue reading Terminator Genisys

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Year: 2001 Director: Simon West Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig Written by Nick Deal The ‘Lara Croft’ gaming franchise is up there with the most successful and popular of all time. The games are brilliant fun, there has been a wide range of merchandise released throughout the years and I doubt there … Continue reading Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Sin City

Year: 2005 Director(s): Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez (and Quentin Tarantino) Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Josh Hartnett, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, Nick Stahl, Clive Owen  Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz The UK release of ‘Sin City’ caused quite a stir in 2005. Visually and stylistically ground-breaking, ‘Sin City’ brought Frank Miller’s … Continue reading Sin City

Ted 2

Year: 2015 Director: Seth MacFarlane Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth  Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Like many immature people across the world, I am a massive fan of Seth MacFarlane’s work on the small screen (‘Family Guy’, ‘American Dad’), but his big screen projects have been rather hit and miss. ‘A Million Ways … Continue reading Ted 2

The Counsellor

 Year: 2013 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt Written by Patrick Alexander “Men are attracted to flawed women too of course, but their illusion is that they can fix them. They just want to be entertained. The truth about women is that you can do anything to … Continue reading The Counsellor

True Story

Year: 2015 Director: Rupert Goold Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill Written by Patrick Alexander Every now and again a film comes out of nowhere and hits you like a ton of bricks – so unexpected, so abrupt. ‘True Story’ was that movie for me. A delicate, somewhat baroque, true-enough story based on the memoir by … Continue reading True Story

Edge Of Tomorrow

Year: 2014 Director: Doug Liman Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt Written by Chris Winterbottom My gut instincts for ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’, directed by Doug Liman, was that it would be an underwhelming, middle-of-the-road, sci-fi movie which would make a quick buck and disappear into the Hollywood ether. Maybe it’s because the director’s other works skirt … Continue reading Edge Of Tomorrow


Year: 2015 Director: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) reaches the end of Phase II, and introduces a new character to the big screen, with ‘Ant-Man’. Like many others, I knew nothing of the character, but a little bit of geeky … Continue reading Ant-Man

Hot Tub Time Machine

Year: 2010 Director: Steve Pink Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke Written by Rhys Wortham I grade comedies a little harsher than most movies, mainly because I get tired of seeing all of the same things over and over again. If comedy films are guilty of anything, out of all other genres, it is repetition. … Continue reading Hot Tub Time Machine


 Year: 2012 Director: Henry Alex Rubin Starring: Jason Bateman, Haley Ramm, Frank Grillo, Alexander Skarsgard Written by Patrick Alexander It’s not often, as a viewer, you find a film as gritty, dark, hulking, and real as ‘Disconnect’. When I first clicked play, I knew one thing: Jason Bateman was the headliner, so chances are, at least I’d get … Continue reading Disconnect

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Year: 2014 Director(s): Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes The recurring theme found in most Noir films is that they were sombre action-thrillers. They are gritty, with real world elements, tones of mystery and 1950s clichés. The ‘Sin City’ series … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame To Kill For


Year: 2004 Director: James Wan Starring: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Tobin Bell Written by Nick Deal The ‘Saw’ franchise is one of those that splits people right down the middle (no pun intended). It’s received a lot of bad press because of its overly violent nature, and a lot of people have pre-conceived … Continue reading Saw

She’s Funny That Way

Year: 2014 Director: Peter Bogdanovich Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans Written by Patrick Alexander Admittedly, going into ‘She’s Funny That Way’, I knew I was going to like it. The universal hype was certainly lacking, but I believed in my heart of hearts that this was the kind of film made for me – an erudite, … Continue reading She’s Funny That Way


Year: 2015 Director: Rick Famuyiwa Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise Written by Dalton Brown ‘Dope’ was a movie I decided to watch when there was nothing left for me to see; that should tell you exactly how much I cared about this film beforehand. However, having seen it, I can now happily say that … Continue reading Dope

Mr Holmes

Year: 2015 Director: Bill Condon Starring: Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, John Sessions, Frances de la Tour, Frances Barber Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz If I had to pick one word that describes ‘Mr Holmes’ it would be “charming”. The story, the rhythm, the characters – this film was a sublime … Continue reading Mr Holmes

Inside Out

Year: 2015 Director(s): Pete Docter, Ronald Del Carmen Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The general consensus seemed to strongly suggest that ‘Inside Out’ was one of Disney-Pixar’s finest works, if not the best. A critically acclaimed project, and with audiences backing that up with … Continue reading Inside Out

Dead Snow

Year: 2009 Director: Tommy Wirkola Starring: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel Written by Rhys Wortham What we have here is pretty much your typical zombie movie. A small group of teens go wandering into the mountains, towards an old abandoned cabin they’ve rented for Easter vacation. When they realise one of their group, who … Continue reading Dead Snow


Year: 2015 Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Mike Birbiglia Written by Patrick Alexander Amy Schumer is the funniest woman in comedy right now – that is undisputable – and ‘Trainwreck’ is her brainchild. Contemporary Melissa McCarthy is cute, doing her female recreations of all the great Chris Farley classics, but she’s nowhere … Continue reading Trainwreck


 Year: 2015 Director: Antonine Fuqua Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, Rachel McAdams Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I will watch anything with Jake Gyllenhaal in, because I’ve learnt by now that everything he touches is gold. Throw in a bloody-faced boxer and a bit of gunfire and you really have my attention. Indeed, … Continue reading Southpaw

A Dozen Summers

Year: 2015 Director: Kenton Hall Starring: Hero Hall, Scarlet Hall, Kenton Hall, Sarah Warren Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Isn’t it always the case that smaller, independent productions are often better than the mundane, repetitive blockbusters out there. Obscure and under-appreciated gems in the cinematic crown; doing something different and exciting, rather than just chasing big money. The … Continue reading A Dozen Summers

Magic Mike XXL

Year: 2015 Director: Gregory Jacobs Starring: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Andie McDowell  Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz My plan was to write a review for the first ‘Magic Mike’ film and then give my verdict on ‘Magic Mike XXL’. But there was very little that I could say about … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL

I Believe In Unicorns

Year: 2014 Director: Leah Meyerhoff Starring: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz Written by Dalton Brown The thing that really drew me towards ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ is the title. It’s intriguing. Funny how something so simple as a title can still lure you in like that. Besides the unusual title, I was also interested in … Continue reading I Believe In Unicorns

Four Lions

Year: 2010 Director: Christopher Morris Starring: Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Will Adamsdale, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali Written by Chris Winterbottom I am a huge fan of director Christopher Morris. He is probably best known for his work on ‘The Day Today’ and ‘Brasseye’, two sharply observed TV shows that, mostly, balanced blisteringly funny comedy with timeless … Continue reading Four Lions

The Last King Of Scotland

Year: 2006 Director: Kevin MacDonald Starring: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, David Oyelowo Written by Nick Deal I had one expectation from this film, and one expectation only. I’d heard good things in general, but the performance of Forest Whitaker is the thing that everyone talks about, and that was my main focus before delving into Uganda’s … Continue reading The Last King Of Scotland

The Soloist

Year: 2009 Director: Joe Wright Starring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr Written by Patrick Alexander Do you ever watch a film and find yourself thinking “this was made at the wrong time” or “the wrong guy had his hands all over this”? Oh, you don’t? That’s just me? Okay, my bad. Nevertheless, there are two things inherently wrong … Continue reading The Soloist

Little Shop Of Horrors

Year: 1986 Director: Frank Oz Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin Written by Dalton Brown Life is hard, especially if you happen to live down on Skid Row where your life is one big joke. Jokes aside, ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ – directed by Frank Oz – is a timeless classic that … Continue reading Little Shop Of Horrors


Year: 2014 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal Written by Patrick Alexander It’s always fun when you find an unexpected gem on Netflix. I’m not talking about the films you probably should have seen. I’m not talking about the mainstream films you hear about on daytime talk shows. I’m talking about the movies that … Continue reading Frank

Fantastic Four

Year: 2015 Director: Josh Trank Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes A few months ago, this ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot had me very excited. I wasn’t really into the whole superhero genre back in 2005 – I was focussed pretty much solely on Batman at that point – and so … Continue reading Fantastic Four


Year: 2015 Director: Boaz Yakin Starring: Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes When I saw the posters for ‘Max’, I was under the impression that this would be a movie set thick in the action of war – just from a dog’s perspective. I’m always wary of … Continue reading Max


Year: 2001 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta Written by Nick Deal After the success of ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’, it was inevitable that a sequel would follow and continue the story of Hollywood’s most famous cannibal, although I’m rather surprised it took them ten years to cook … Continue reading Hannibal

Forrest Gump

Year: 1994 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise  Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Some films are instantly recognisable from the utterance of one little phrase or quote from said picture. It is hard to imagine many people being dumbfounded if you said “life is like a box … Continue reading Forrest Gump

The Fighter

Year: 2010 Director: David O Russell Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Once upon a time, I planned on never watching ‘The Fighter’. I literally made a conscious decision back in 2011, when ‘The Fighter’ was released, that I would never watch this … Continue reading The Fighter

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Year: 2009 Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris (all voice) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I have always had this preconceived idea that ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ would be a really silly film, even by child standards. The mouthful of a title is ridiculous … Continue reading Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Candid Love

Year: 2015 Director: Kurtz Frausun Starring: Jon Hargis, Daniel Hendricks Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes My favourite emails to open are those from directors of obscure independent projects approaching us to review their film. I really do love this kinda thing – discovering new projects, which I would otherwise be oblivious to. Documentaries always fascinate … Continue reading Candid Love


Year: 2004 Director: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner Written by Chris Winterbottom A number of years ago, I was recommended this film by a friend who labelled it “the funniest film” he had ever seen. A bold statement I thought, so I rented it out, eager to … Continue reading Anchorman

The Mask

Year: 1994 Director: Chuck Russell Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is right up there as one of my favourite childhood films. Imagine my delight as a toddler, seeing a man with a green face, a sharp suit and a knack for slapstick comedy on my TV screen. I had … Continue reading The Mask

The Gift

Year: 2015 Director: Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall Written by Nick Deal ‘The Gift’ has gone under the radar for a lot of people, even for myself initially. It wasn’t until I saw a billboard advertisement that I decided to investigate further, and upon said investigation, I decided that ‘The Gift’ … Continue reading The Gift


Year: 2014 Director: Jason Banker Starring: Amy Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elizabeth Ferrara Written by Dalton Brown Like most movies, when it came to ‘Felt’, I had heard some good things and I had heard some bad things. The ticks in the positive column outweighed the negatives though, leaving me pretty excited to watch … Continue reading Felt

Kill Me Three Times

Year: 2014 Director: Kriv Stenders Starring: Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth Written by Patrick Alexander Who orders fish without chips? Who slaps peanut butter on toast without jelly? Who’s Frisky without Mannish? What’s Eric B. without Rakim? The point of all these hypotheticals being that some great combinations are never meant to … Continue reading Kill Me Three Times

The Town

Year: 2010 Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm Written by Nick Deal Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Ben Affleck is one of those guys that I just can’t figure out. He does something astoundingly brilliant, then goes and shoots himself in the foot by doing something utterly awful. His second stint … Continue reading The Town

American Ultra

Year: 2015 Director: Nima Nourizadeh Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Written by Dalton Brown Opinions were split, but I did not care. I was really excited to see ‘American Ultra’ because I really like Jesse Eisenberg and his catalogue of work. I also like the chemistry he and Kristen Stewart have. They were decent in … Continue reading American Ultra

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Year: 2014 Director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L Jackson Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’ve had the urge to rewatch ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ for a while. I feel like I didn’t give it enough attention the first time around, and with … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Hitman: Agent 47

Year: 2015 Director: Aleksander Bach Starring: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware Written by Patrick Alexander Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes If there’s one thing the film industry is great at, it’s taking popular video games and turning them into shocking movies. They’ve had enough practice after all. Just look at ‘Need For Speed’, ‘Lara … Continue reading Hitman: Agent 47


Year: 2003 Director: Patty Jenkins Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I have only ever heard people speak of ‘Monster’ in the highest esteem. My partner absolutely loves the film, and judging by the pretty respectable 7.3 rating on IMDb, she wasn’t the only one. Not to mention the Academy Award … Continue reading Monster

Ocean’s Eleven

Year: 2001 Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia Written by Andrew Garrison There are only a few movie-going events in my childhood which stand out far above the others. We have animated classics ‘Aladdin’ and … Continue reading Ocean’s Eleven

The Salvation

Year: 2014 Director: Kristian Levring Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Written by Patrick Alexander As a kid, I grew up watching classic Western flicks. My parents knew that, in general, the Western genre was relatively tame – lots of action, but minimal gore and virtually no profanity. I grew up idolising John … Continue reading The Salvation

American Psycho

Year: 2000 Director: Mary Harron Starring: Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I can’t really remember the first time I watched ‘American Psycho’. I don’t remember why or when or where, but I do remember the manner in which it enthralled and intrigued me. I was gripped by this unique … Continue reading American Psycho

Straight Outta Compton

Year: 2015 Director: F. Gary Gray Starring: O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell Written by Chris Winterbottom I had mixed feelings about this F. Gary Gray biopic. Giving an insight into one of the most influential music groups of this generation was an intriguing idea, but previous attempts at filming the early life of rap … Continue reading Straight Outta Compton

The Break-Up

Year: 2006 Director: Peyton Reed Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Vince Vaughn Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes There is something quite brilliant about sticking on a film which allows you to just lay back and switch to auto-pilot. Letting the film wash over your passive, relaxed mind and not really taking too much concern with plot or … Continue reading The Break-Up

Don’s Plum

Year: 2001 Director: R.D. Robb Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Kevin Connolly Written by Patrick Alexander You know you’re a film junkie when you find yourself watching low-budget, sub-arthouse films like ‘Don’s Plum’. This raunchy, provocative film is somewhat of a cult (not-so) classic after being banned from release in North America. Yes, you read … Continue reading Don’s Plum


Year: 1990 Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I have too many DVDs. That’s not me boasting, I literally don’t have the time to watch everything I would like to. Certain films have found themselves sat on my to-watch pile for some time now and … Continue reading Goodfellas

Turbo Kid

Year: 2015 Director(s): François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissel Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright Written by Dalton Brown Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes ‘Turbo Kid’ is filled with cheesy dialogue, gratuitous violence and over-the-top acting. So, it was exactly what I originally expected it to be. Starring Munro Chambers and Laurence … Continue reading Turbo Kid

2001: A Space Odyssey

Year: 1968 Director: Stanley Kubrick Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes My continued assault on the classics in my DVD collection brings me to a film which I have been dying to see for about two years now. I was shown clips from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in a … Continue reading 2001: A Space Odyssey


Year: 2015 Director: Brian Helgeland Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The trailer for ‘Legend’ is one of the last I watched before swearing off trailers altogether, in an attempt to combat false expectations and spoilers. I’m a huge fan of Tom Hardy – I actually can’t think of any film … Continue reading Legend

Ocean’s Twelve

Year: 2004 Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Catherine Zeta-Jones Written by Andrew Garrison After ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ thrilled us all, my friends and I were very excited for this sequel. About ten of … Continue reading Ocean’s Twelve


Year: 2012 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba Written by Nick Deal ‘Alien’ is one of the most enjoyed and successful sci-fi franchises of all time, so it was inevitable that there was going to be further installments to the universe at some point. Whilst ‘Prometheus’ is not officially … Continue reading Prometheus

The Amazing Spider-Man

Year: 2012 Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes So the much maligned Spider-Man reboot, starring Andrew Garfield as our web-slinging hero, has been thrown into the Hollywood recycle bin now that Marvel reclaimed the cinematic rights to the character. Spider-Man will now … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man

No Country For Old Men

Year: 2007 Director(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Last week, I picked out six DVDs from my collection and made these films essential viewing over the next couple of weeks or so. These are films which just about everyone else seems to have … Continue reading No Country For Old Men

Baytown Outlaws

Year: 2012 Director: Barry Battles Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria Written by Patrick Alexander Like the Loch Ness Monster, original-concept action flicks are hard to find these days. I often find myself trudging along with the various, daft James Bond wannabes that Hollywood continuously cranks out. Action flicks have become so overly formulaic it disgusts … Continue reading Baytown Outlaws

Z For Zachariah

Year: 2015 Director: Craig Zobel Starring: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes There has been very little fuss surrounding ‘Z For Zachariah’, a film which has almost intentionally carved a silent path into cinemas. Which is surprising, given the fact it stars three very recognisable, and equally, talented actors. And … Continue reading Z For Zachariah

Blade Runner

Year: 1982 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’ve had a rather enjoyable time over the past couple of weeks, as I explore some of the iconic films I have yet to see. Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ was, rather aptly, good. The Coen Brothers’ ‘No Country For Old … Continue reading Blade Runner


Year: 2012 Director: Seth McFarlane Starring: Seth McFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes After more than a decade of hiding behind some of the most popular cartoon characters in the Western World, giving us laughs aplenty 20 minutes at a time, Seth MacFarlane delighted fans with the … Continue reading Ted

Child 44

Year: 2015 Director: Daniel Espinosa Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I always look forward to a Tom hardy project, and with a supporting cast brimming with talent, ‘Child 44’ really had my interest, early on at least. But as we began to learn more about the film, our hopes … Continue reading Child 44


Year: 2015 Director: Baltasar Kormakur Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal Written by Nick Deal When I sat down in front of the huge IMAX screen at my local cinema, I prepared myself for what I thought was going to be an adrenaline-fuelled, disaster movie that would wow in the moment. I … Continue reading Everest

The Visit

Year: 2015 Director: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeLonge Written by Chris Winterbottom M. Night Shyamalan has seen his career fall down a precipice greater than the one faced by the characters in the recently released ‘Everest’. From brilliant beginnings with ‘The Sixth Sense’, which earned six … Continue reading The Visit

The Lego Movie

Year: 2014 Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Forget what you think you know about Lego. Those age guidelines on the boxes are exactly that, a “guideline”, as Will Ferrell points out towards the end of this film. … Continue reading The Lego Movie

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Year: 2015 Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke Written by Patrick Alexander It’s been a while since I last teared up watching a movie. In fact, out of the 270 movies I’ve watched this year (shameless plug, catch my short reviews on Twitter @moviereview365), I haven’t shed a single tear…until now. … Continue reading Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Pulp Fiction

Year: 1994 Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes ‘Pulp Fiction’ is another one of those films everyone says “you HAVE to see this”. Luckily, I have seen this one before. Settling down for a Saturday night movie with my partner and her sister … Continue reading Pulp Fiction

21 Jump Street

Year: 2012 Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum Written by Chris Winterbottom Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are two very talented filmmakers, who understand the subtleties and discipline of comedy. The success of ‘21 Jump Street’ meant a sequel got the green light, and they were allowed free reign over the … Continue reading 21 Jump Street


Year: 2015 Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes In a year which, thus far, has seen plenty of films carrying a shit load of hype and expectations, only for most of them to severely underwhelm (‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ aside), it is refreshing that ‘Sicario’ … Continue reading Sicario

Ocean’s Thirteen

Year: 2007 Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia, Al Pacino Written by Andrew Garrison Unlike ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, my expectations for this third offering were much lower. Although, seeing that Al Pacino was added to this already star-studded … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen

The Jungle Book

Year: 1967 Director: Wolfgang Reitherman Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders (all voice) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The reasons for me spending my Sunday night tucked up in bed watching ‘The Jungle Book’ are threefold. First of all, the release of the trailer for Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action remake – which I actually … Continue reading The Jungle Book

Lost In Translation

Year: 2003 Director: Sofia Coppola Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi Written by Nick Deal ‘Lost In Translation’ is a film that has been recommended to me by Netflix as something I may enjoy, and coupled with the positive reviews I had read online, I decided it was probably about time that I gave … Continue reading Lost In Translation

The Drop

Year: 2014 Director: Michael R. Roskam Starring: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace Written by Sam James You’d think mixing the late, great Soprano, James Gandolfini, with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, would make an excellent crime-drama. That’s what I thought at least, but I felt somewhat robbed by ‘The Drop’, my valuable time wasted … Continue reading The Drop

The Martian

Year: 2015 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes When details of Ridley Scott’s latest venture into the sci-fi genre were first released, and as clips, images and more details filtered through, I was excited to say the least. I would go as … Continue reading The Martian


Year: 2000 Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is a film I’ve wanted to watch for a very long time, mainly because of the directorial talents of Christopher Nolan. The man who brought us ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Interstellar’, first made a real impression … Continue reading Memento


Year: 2015 Director: Justin Kurzel Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine Written by Nick Deal My love for Shakespeare, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard meant that the release of ‘Macbeth’ was one of the most highly-anticipated dates in my cinema diary. The thrilling trailers did nothing to quench my thirst and I … Continue reading Macbeth

The Social Network

Year: 2010 Director: David Fincher Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I had avoided watching ‘The Social Network’ since its release in 2010, mainly due to the fact that being subjected to Jesse Eisenberg’s smug, condescending presence, more often than not, is painful. It wasn’t until, when listening to … Continue reading The Social Network


Year: 1995 Director: David Fincher Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow Written by Chris Winterbottom Edited by Nick Deal I was first introduced to David Fincher’s ‘Se7en’ when I was about 14. To me, even at that age, I thought the film looked like an over the top horror film, with little to offer … Continue reading Se7en

Ex Machina

Year: 2015 Director: Alex Garland Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac Written by Chris Murphy At high school, I would read a lot. I still do in fact, but back then my spare time was used more effectively with novel in hand. I remember falling in love with one particular story that wedged itself … Continue reading Ex Machina

Little Miss Sunshine

Year: 2006 Director(s): Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin Written by Sasha Hornby Picture the scene: it’s Sunday evening, cold enough to have the heating on, and I’m laid on the settee in my pyjamas. I’m exhausted, but not quite ready to make that … Continue reading Little Miss Sunshine

Black Mass

Year: 2015 Director: Scott Cooper Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton Written by Patrick Alexander As soon as I laid eyes on the poster for ‘Black Mass’ at the cinema a few months ago, I knew that not only would I endeavour to see the picture as fast as I could, but … Continue reading Black Mass

Django Unchained

Year: 2012 Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson Written by Nick Deal Confession time: when it comes to the films of Quentin Tarantino, I’m a little bit behind the times. I only saw ‘Pulp Fiction’ for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and there’s … Continue reading Django Unchained

Inside Llewyn Davis

Year: 2013 Director(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Although I had only witnessed the acting skills of Oscar Isaac in a supporting role in ‘Drive’ until now, that performance and the kind of films he is working in of late, are enough for me to form … Continue reading Inside Llewyn Davis

Under The Skin

Year: 2014 Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson Written by Patrick Alexander As far as conjecture goes, the weirdest assumption to me has always been that famous actors and actresses hate being put on a pedestal and worshipped as something other than human. “We’re just regular people” the famous ones always say. Yeah, right. Regular … Continue reading Under The Skin

The Other Guys

Year: 2010 Director: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is a film I have watched several times now; it’s another one of those go-to comedies that me and my friends always seem to land on when we are together. Whilst I don’t rate ‘The … Continue reading The Other Guys


Year: 2010 Director: James Wan Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins Written by Andrew Garrison I wasn’t particularly excited for ‘Insidious’ when I went to see it, after having seen so many awful horror films in the last decade, I’ve almost given up hope for finding a good one. I really didn’t think this … Continue reading Insidious

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Year: 2010 Director: Edgar Wright Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick Written by Sasha Hornby I remember when ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ came out at the cinema. I remember how excited I was walking down the dimly-lit aisle to my seat. I remember buzzing with anticipation that one of my favourite writers … Continue reading Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Thelma & Louise

Year: 1991 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes With JumpCut UK celebrating the best of women in film this week, with a special ladies week edition of WatchThisSpace, I was inspired (or forcibly instructed) by Molly Dolan to finally watch ‘Thelma & Louise’. I knew this … Continue reading Thelma & Louise


Year: 1975 Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Starring: Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is my favourite film, and has been for more than 25 years. Rotten Tomatoes award this respected piece of art 100%. So it must be good, right? Well… if you haven’t watched or studied the classics and … Continue reading Mirror


Year: 2010 Director: Spencer Susser Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu Written by Patrick Alexander In 2010, a little known film by the name of ‘Inception’ came to theatres. It was directed by Christopher Nolan and widely considered the most profound film of the year. ‘Inception’ starred this up-and-comer called Leonardo DiCaprio, … Continue reading Hesher

The Walk

Year: 2015 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon Written by Dalton Brown My mind has exploded. ‘The Walk’ just has too many cool people working together on an even cooler project. I had high expectations for ‘The Walk’ because Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite actors and Robert Zemeckis is one … Continue reading The Walk

Black Sea

Year: 2014 Director: Kevin Macdonald Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn Written by Chris Winterbottom I approached Kevin Macdonald’s ‘Black Sea’ with an air of optimism. I am an admirer of his work, considering ‘Touching The Void’ to be a great documentary, and films such as ‘State Of Play’ and ‘The Last King Of … Continue reading Black Sea

Stonehearst Asylum

Year: 2014 Director: Brad Anderson Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, David Thewlis Written by Nick Deal With an absolutely stellar British cast and a decidedly dark and psychologically thrilling aura, ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ was a film I was very excited to see. It had such a low-key cinema release that it … Continue reading Stonehearst Asylum

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Year: 2014 Director: Wes Anderson Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, F Murray Abraham Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes After picking up four Academy Awards at the Oscars 2015 – for costume design, makeup and hair, original score and production design – as well as being nominated … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel

Panic Room

Year: 2002 Director: David Fincher Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart. Forest Whittaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakman Written by Nick Deal After recently revisiting David Fincher’s ‘Se7en’ and reveling in its pure brilliance, I made the decision to investigate some of his other works that I hadn’t already seen. I had enjoyed blockbuster hits like ‘Fight … Continue reading Panic Room


Year: 2007 Director: Greg Mottola Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Written by Molly Dolan I feel as though this film needs no introduction, but for those of you who have been in a humour-free cave for the past eight years – well, this is for you. ‘Superbad’ came at a time when Apatow … Continue reading Superbad

Fruitvale Station

Year: 2013 Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer Written by Patrick Alexander A trend I’ve recognised recently in the movie making game, which honestly has become noticeably more prevalent in this digital/all-access/Twitter age, is the quick turn around on commentary of current, important events. Look to the recent release of … Continue reading Fruitvale Station

Dr. No

Year: 1962 Director: Terence Young Starring: Sean Connery Written by Andrew Garrison This may surprise some of you, but for a while I really didn’t understand the hype around the James Bond franchise. My first experience of the character was Pierce Brosnan’s Bond in 1997’s ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, and I found it an average movie … Continue reading Dr. No

A Most Violent Year

Year: 2014 Director: J. C. Chandor Starring: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I can now tick off another Oscar Isaac film as I journey my way through his recent collection, with ‘A Most Violent Year’. Since the film’s release, this has been high on my to-watch-list, and I was very excited … Continue reading A Most Violent Year


Year: 2015 Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Monica Belucci Written by Nick Deal The latest instalment in the James Bond series, ‘Spectre’, was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m actually not a huge fan of the series itself, … Continue reading Spectre

The Lobster

Year: 2015 Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz Written by Mark Blakeway Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Yorgos Lanthimos’ take on reality has always been a little off-balance. It looks familiar, but the people who tend to inhabit his absurdly surreal worlds, and the events that take place within them, are far from … Continue reading The Lobster


Year: 2011 Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I recently re-watched ‘Drive’ for the umpteenth time, not just because I’m casually working my way through the films of Oscar Isaac, but because this is one of my favourite films … Continue reading Drive

The Others

Year: 2001 Director: Alejandro Amenábar Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Foinnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley Written by Nick Deal ‘The Others’ is a film I hadn’t really heard about until my partner picked it out at our local DVD store. She recommended it with the highest praise and said it would be right up … Continue reading The Others

Crimson Peak

Year: 2015 Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam Written by Nick Deal ‘Crimson Peak’ had been on my radar ever since I first saw the trailer for it. I secretly quite enjoy horror films, and this looked like just the ticket for me, especially in the run up … Continue reading Crimson Peak

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Year: 2012 Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch Written by Chris Winterbottom My love for Peter Jackson’s master works, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, is unmatched. Never have I seen any one film which dumbfounded and moved me in such a way as those three each … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Wild Target

Year: 2010 Director: Jonathan Lynn Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett Written by Rhys Wortham I always enjoy a good British comedy, with the subtle humor and awkward jokes, and this one perfects it in many ways. Bill Nighy, the ever-versatile Emily Blunt, and Rupert Grint make up a quirky … Continue reading Wild Target

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Year: 2013 Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch Written by Chris Winterbottom There was much to be satisfied with in Peter Jackson’s opening instalment of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, although it is fair to say the film was not a resounding success. But I was keen to see the … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Casino Royale

Year: 2006 Director: Martin Campbell Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is the film which sparked my love for Bond, James Bond. I had very little interest in the cheesier Bonds of years gone by, but when I watched ‘Casino Royale’ in the cinema, back in 2006, I … Continue reading Casino Royale

The Battle Of Algiers

Year: 1966 Director: Gillo Pontecorvo Starring: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Mohamed Ben Kassen Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is, without question, one of the best war films that has ever been made. It’s a film which also features in my all-time top five. It’s not a feature film and it’s not a documentary; … Continue reading The Battle Of Algiers

Bridge Of Spies

Year: 2015 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan Written by Andrew Garrison I had high expectations going into this film and who can blame me? Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunited once more is a tantalising prospect. These two have made some very successful and critically-acclaimed movies together, such … Continue reading Bridge Of Spies


Year: 1960 Director: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh Written by Sasha Hornby First, let me say this: I am, or at least was, a Hitchcock virgin. As an avid movie watcher, even I have long considered this a travesty. My limited knowledge of Alfred Hitchcock films is enough to indicate that I would … Continue reading Psycho

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Year: 2015 Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander Written by Patrick Alexander There’s a phrase used when talking about American Football, referring to the NFL as “a copycat league”. What it means is, any time a great team starts winning a few championships, it will only be a matter of time … Continue reading The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Kung Fury

Year: 2015 Director: David Sandberg Starring: David Hasselhoff, David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Andreas Cahling Written by Rhys Wortham A lot of movies, shorts and video games nowadays have followed the trend in paying tribute to the over-the-top entertainment and gratuitous neon lights of the 1980s. ‘Kung Fury’ takes time to note, make fun of, and … Continue reading Kung Fury

Quantum Of Solace

Year: 2008 Director: Marc Forster Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The second outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, in ‘Quantum Of Solace’ has always been heavily criticised and is generally considered to be the worst of the Craig era. Actually, most people regard this to … Continue reading Quantum Of Solace


Year: 1998 Director: Thomas Vinterberg Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Henning Moritzen, Trine Dyrholm Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz Let me start by saying – this film is absolutely outrageous. If you need a film this Christmas that ensures the family pack up early and leave, this is your film. Warning: you may … Continue reading Festen

Avengers Assemble

Year: 2012 Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner Written by Chris Murphy Comic books and graphic novels are no longer the uncool, distant cousin of cinema and TV. The universe of panels and ink has always been so fresh … Continue reading Avengers Assemble

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Year: 1984 Director: Michael Radford Starring: John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Burton Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This is my favourite book ever, so I expected big things from a film adaptation. But of course, I knew that nothing could live up to the book; films rarely do match up to their written counterparts. I … Continue reading Nineteen Eighty-Four

True Romance

Year: 1993 Director: Tony Scott Starring: Patricia Arquette, Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman Written by Patrick Alexander There’s one name synonymous with magnificent writing in films: Quentin Tarantino. That’s a fact, jack. Naturally, when I found out he wrote the 1993 dark comedy-thriller, ‘True Romance’, it was a no-brainer putting on my … Continue reading True Romance

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Year: 2015 Director: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner Written by Mark Blakeway In the midst of moving house, I have taken all 250+ of my watched DVDs home, and decided to loan out all my rather left-field, unwatched foreign DVDs to a friend and head back into the mainstream. … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


Year: 2012 Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes In stark contrast to ‘Quantum Of Solace’, Sam Mendes stepped in and put together what is widely regarded as the best Bond film of the Daniel Craig era, and arguably one of the best … Continue reading Skyfall

Kung Fu Panda

Year: 2008 Director(s): Mark Osborne, John Stevenson Starring: Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu (all voice) Written by Andrew Garrison Going into this movie back in 2008, I had many questions for Dreamworks Animation. The studio had caught my attention years earlier with ‘The Prince Of Egypt’, ‘Shrek’ and ‘Shrek 2’, … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda

Full Metal Jacket

Year: 1987 Director: Stanley Kubrick Starring: Matthew Modine, Ronald Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Stanley Kubrick is a master filmmaker, no question. I realised that the first time I watched the beautifully bizarre ‘A Clockwork Orange’, but after recently watching ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ I was truly in awe of the … Continue reading Full Metal Jacket

The Night Before

Year: 2015 Director: Jonathan Levine Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie Written by Andrew Garrison Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Going into this film I had high hopes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an incredible actor, and I think Anthony Mackie is a rising star. Put these two together, and throw in the goofy but likeable … Continue reading The Night Before

The Good Dinosaur

Year: 2015 Director: Peter Sohn Starring: Raymond Ochoa, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott (all voice) Written by Dalton Brown I had pretty high hopes for Pixar’s latest offering, ‘The Good Dinosaur’. I was even expecting it to be one of Pixar’s best movies to date; practice makes perfect and all that. But … Continue reading The Good Dinosaur

Beasts Of No Nation

Year: 2015 Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga Starring: Idris Elba, Abraham Atta, Andrew Adote Written by Sam James A lot was expected of ‘Beasts Of No Nation’, partly due to the nature of its release – a film mainly distributed via Netflix – and partly because of the hype surrounding breakthrough director Cary Joji Fukunaga. His … Continue reading Beasts Of No Nation


Year: 2016 Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson Written by Patrick Alexander The ‘Rocky’ franchise is an institution unlike any other in the sports-film genre. Starting with the original ‘Rocky’ in 1976, the franchise has seemingly explored every boxing ideology and trope possible in its now seven-flick run. From heavyweight … Continue reading Creed


Year: 2012 Director: Jason Buxton Starring: Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie Written by Mark Blakeway The debut feature film from Jason Buxton, ‘Blackbird’ (not to be confused with the film of the same name released earlier in 2015), is a real indie treat. Understated, packed with raw and unfamiliar talent, and a relatable storyline, … Continue reading Blackbird

The Age Of Adaline

Year: 2015 Director: Lee Toland Krieger Starring: Blake Lively, Michael Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This film is one of a kind. Preposterous in its fantasy elements but held together with sound acting skills from Blake Lively, and a surprise performance from Harrison Ford, and at the end of the day this … Continue reading The Age Of Adaline


Year: 2003 Director: Mark Steven Johnson Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I knew full well that this was going to be absolute shite. Largely regarded as one of the worst superhero movies ever, and cementing Ben Affleck as, at the time, a piss poor actor, … Continue reading Daredevil

Harry Brown

Year: 2009 Director: Daniel Barber Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Ben Drew, Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris Written by Nick Deal ‘Harry Brown’ is a film that has been on my watchlist for a considerable time now, as a result of good reviews from various website and other film critics, as well as my liking for … Continue reading Harry Brown

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Year: 2001 Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Austin Written by Chris Winterbottom Peter Jackson’s monumental trilogy based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s epic work of fiction began with ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. At the time of release, in 2001, I was relatively unfamiliar with ‘The Lord … Continue reading The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring


Year: 2015 Director: Sean Baker Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, James Ransone Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes My curiosity surrounding this indie phenomenon has been at bursting point for weeks now. The feature film shot entirely on a handful of iPhones, for around $800; impressive stuff already. After huge success … Continue reading Tangerine

Gone Baby Gone

Year: 2007 Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan Written by Nick Deal After recently watching Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ and enjoying it immensely, I thought I would go back in time and watch his feature-length directorial debut, ‘Gone Baby Gone’. With an all-star cast (including Affleck’s kid brother, Casey) … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone


Year: 2015 Director: Todd Haynes Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Two words come to mind when you think of ‘Carol’ – awards and lesbians. Granted, the film is, and should be, recognised for much more than this, but the main talk surrounding this Todd Haynes film is “Oscars-talk”. … Continue reading Carol

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Year: 2000 Director: Ron Howard Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I’m not really one for the cheesy, romanticised Christmas movie; I prefer my festive films to be fun, and rich in silly humour. So it stands to reason that my favourites for this time of year are ‘Elf’ … Continue reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Die Hard

Year: 1988 Director: John McTiernan Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, James Shigeta, Paul Gleason, Reginald VelJohnson Written by Wan Tyskiewicz It’s not Christmas time in our house until we’ve watched the first three ‘Die Hard’ films back to back. The DVDs come out of the cupboard at the end of November and if it’s … Continue reading Die Hard

World Of Tomorrow

Year: 2015 Director: Don Hertzfeldt Starring: Winona Mae, Julia Pott, Sara Cushman (all voiced) Written by Mark Blakeway I can’t seem to shake this film from my mind. It’s invaded my dreams, as is usually the case for Don Hertzfeldt’s uniquely entertaining view on life. Off the back of his recent couch gag for ‘The Simpsons’ and his … Continue reading World Of Tomorrow

Inherent Vice

Year: 2015 Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I can’t really recall many Joaquín Phoenix films I’ve seen in the past, but he seemed like a cool guy, even before I watched ‘Inherent Vice’. Actually, the film as a whole seemed pretty cool … Continue reading Inherent Vice

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Year: 2015 Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes It is no exaggeration when I say, I have never felt excitement quite like this. Not just for a film, but for pretty much anything. Hopefully you don’t take that as a sign as to how sad … Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Kung Fu Panda 2

Year: 2011 Director: Jennifer Yuh Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Danny McBride, Gary Oldman (all voiced) Written by Andrew Garrison After the amazing success of ‘Kung Fu Panda’, I was very interested to see what ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ would provide. Many sequels have a tendency to … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2

Slow West

Year: 2015 Director: John Maclean Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes This film had one of those blink and you miss releases – actually I’m not even sure ‘Slow West’ came to my local theatre – and it’s a film that I wasn’t particularly heartbroken over not getting to … Continue reading Slow West

Christmas Every Day

Year: 1996 Director: Larry Peerce Starring: Erik von Detten, Robert Hays, Yvonne Zima, Bess Armstrong, Robin Riker Written by Patrick Alexander Back in the 1990s, the up-and-coming family-oriented US television network The Family Channel (now ABC Family), would always run a programming block during the entire month of December called, “The 25 Days of Christmas”. … Continue reading Christmas Every Day


Year: 2015 Director: Michael Dougherty Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner Written by Dalton Brown A lot of people seemed happy when ‘Krampus’ was announced. I however, was not. I didn’t know what it was, but then I looked it up and quickly became sceptical; very sceptical. Director Michael Dougherty’s previous film, ‘Trick R … Continue reading Krampus


Year: 2013 Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of ‘Prisoners’ back in 2013, through the Show Film First initiative. At the time, I had no idea who Denis Villeneueve was or what he was capable of. I was very … Continue reading Prisoners

The Hateful Eight

Year: 2016 Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth Written by Patrick Alexander As I’ve noted in this space before, there is one word in film that can get me to a theatre faster than a stagecoach bounding over a blizzard-laden mountain pass: Tarantino. Needless to say, when … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

Duke Of Burgundy

Year: 2015 Director: Peter Strickland Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna, Kata Bartsch Written by Mark Blakeway As the description on my blog says, I’m not the most educated on film history. I watch a lot of movies, but when you start to delve deeper into really niche genres, that’s when I will … Continue reading Duke Of Burgundy

The Big Short

Year: 2016 Director: Adam McKay Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt Written by Patrick Alexander A little known fact about me is that my day job is in the financial sector; I am a registered, licensed investment advisor with a serious addiction to cinema. One of the more fun aspects of my … Continue reading The Big Short

Earth Girls Are Easy

Year: 1989 Director: Julien Temple Starring: Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Brown, Damon Wayans Written by Rhys Wortham Edited by Jakob Lewis Barnes Looking at the title of this film, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a very weird and very silly comedy movie. Actually, you’d be right on the money. This … Continue reading Earth Girls Are Easy

Cinema Paradiso

Year: 1988 Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is one of the most successful foreign-language films ever made. Yet on its release in Italy, it practically disappeared overnight and was a box-office flop. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and also an Oscar in the … Continue reading Cinema Paradiso

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

Year: 2002 Director: Peter Jackson Starring: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Sir Ian McKellen Written by Chris Winterbottom After the overwhelming success of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, the first instalment in Peter Jackson’s magnum opus, you would be forgiven for having reserved expectations for the second part of the trilogy. Could … Continue reading The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers


Year: 2016 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes There’s been murmurs for months about ‘Room’ and how we can all expect this film to take awards season by storm. Only problem is – as is the case every year – there’s a lot of competition out there, and … Continue reading Room


Year: 2015 Director: Asif Kapadia Starring: Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch Winehouse Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes Okay, I’m going to go against the grain a little here, and say right from the off that I wasn’t majorly impressed by ‘Amy’. Critically-acclaimed by just about everyone, nominated for Best Documentary Feature by The Academy and … Continue reading Amy

The Forest

Year: 2016 Director: Jason Zada Starring: Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt Written by Dalton Brown Starring Natalie Dormer as Sara (and as her twin, Jess), ‘The Forest’ is about the infamous “Suicide Forest” found in Japan. Sara’s twin sister, Jess, ventures out into the forest, and upon hearing the news, Sara travels to Japan … Continue reading The Forest

Wild Tales

Year: 2015 Director: Damián Szifrón Starring: Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull, Monica Villa, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg Written by Mark Blakeway Breaking into my Top 10 for the entire year, ‘Wild Tales’ is an anthology like no other. Six short stories, with no connection, apart from the recurring theme of insanity from what at first appears to … Continue reading Wild Tales


Year: 2015 Director: John Crowley Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz ‘Brooklyn’ is a melodrama – a proper old fashioned melodrama, part of a drama sub-genre. The last proper melodrama that I saw was ‘Far from Heaven’ (2002), starring Julianne Moore, a visually stunning film with … Continue reading Brooklyn

The Revenant

Year: 2016 Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter Written by Nick Deal In a recent article that I contributed to for HC MovieReviews, we had ‘The Revenant’ placed at number two in a list of our most anticipated films of 2016. Compliment that with the fact that early … Continue reading The Revenant

Steve Jobs

Year: 2015 Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes I really am a huge fan of Michael Fassbender, and I was very happy to see him land a huge role like this, which should have seen him storm the US and become a true Hollywood … Continue reading Steve Jobs

The Danish Girl

Year: 2016 Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes The term “Oscar-bait” was coined with films like this in mind. The recipe is simple; you take a period drama and make it look really pretty so that no one notices the dull, drab plot at the heart of it. … Continue reading The Danish Girl

White God

Year: 2015 Director: Kornél Mundruczó Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy Written by Mark Blakeway Kornél Mundruczó’s Budapest set thriller, ‘White God’, is simply jaw-dropping. A strange cross between ‘Homeward Bound’ and Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’, it uses 274 dogs in total (most of which were found in animal shelters) to convey absolute disorder and mayhem … Continue reading White God


Year: 2016 Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan (all voice) Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes By looking at stills from ‘Anomalisa’, I was mainly astounded at the level of detail which had gone into the animation process. To me, animation like this is a little bit mind-blowing and … Continue reading Anomalisa