War For The Planet Of The Apes

2017 – USA Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller Words: Christian Abbott ‘The Planet Of The Apes franchise’ has been one of considerable ups and downs. The original back in 1968 was a fascinating deconstruction of society and morality. The hoaky setup was subset by the resolve of the…

Spider-Man: Homecoming

2017 – USA Director: Jon Watts Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau Words: Josh Senior Let’s start things off here with some trivia, Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man in 2002 was the very first film that I sneaked into underage, a week or so before the advent of…

Wonder Woman

2017 – USA Director: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright Words: Christian Abbott The superhero movie is a staple of cinema; it has been now for over a decade. Year after year there is a deluge of films centered around some of our favourite…

Alien: Covenant

2017 – USA/UK Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Guy Pearce Words: Nathan Scatcherd Alien Covenant is an alternately entertaining and irritating entry in the franchise; it hits all the beats you would expect of an Alien movie, often feeling like a lot…

Free Fire

2017 – UK Director: Ben Wheatley Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor Words: Josh Senior Ben Wheatley is fast becoming the best British cult filmmaker of our times, and with Free Fire he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Hot off the back…

Ghost In The Shell

2017 – USA Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano Words: Christian Abbott 22 years after the original film changed the course of modern science-fiction, influencing and inspiring filmmakers who would later go on to make films such as The Matrix, I,Robot, Ex Machina among many others, now we have a Hollywood remake…

Kong: Skull Island

2017 – USA Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Terry Notary Words: Nathan Scatcherd   A dragonfly lands peacefully on a branch as US army helicopters descend on a lush green jungle, and promptly start dropping bombs on it. The 1973 setting is…

Logan

2017 –  USA Director: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant Words: Nathan Scatcherd It’s been seventeen years since X-Men was released, and Hugh Jackman’s performance as everyone’s favourite adamantium-clawed mutant Wolverine catapulted the character into the stratosphere of mainstream cultural recognition and fandom. Since then…

John Wick Chapter 2

2016 – USA Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common Words: Saul Nix The sleeper-hit action film John Wick has a sequel and the burning question on the minds of its many fans is whether or not it’ll take the Hindenburg-esque plunge other action franchises have in…

The Lego Batman Movie

2016 – USA Director: Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes Words: Nathan Scatcherd OK, full disclosure: I f*cking love Batman. Ever since I could read, I’ve spent countless hours poring over the comics, watching the movies, playing the games… my earliest memory is of five year old Nathan…