Reviews

Film Review & Trailer: The Sparks Brothers (documentary)

Film Review & Trailer: The Sparks Brothers (documentary)

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Edgar Wright – Starring Russell and Ron Mael In cinemas now! Full disclosure – I have been a massive Sparks fan, the alt/rock/pop duo comprised of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, since first discovering them in the 90s. Indeed, I crushed on Russell quite hard in the mid-90s. In […]

Film Review: Old

Film Review: Old

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan – Starring: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant, Thomasin McKenzie In cinemas now! I have a complicated relationship with M. Night Shyamalan movies. For every one that […]

Film Review: Blood Red Sky

Film Review: Blood Red Sky

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Peter Thorwarth – Starring: Chidi Ajufo, Peri Baumeister, Graham McTavish, Roland Møller, Dominic Purcell, Alexander Scheer Available on Netflix now! Air travel is currently stressful enough, so it must be so much harder when you are also struggling with illness like the protagonist here. Apparently suffering from cancer, she […]

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Review by Frances Winston Directed by: Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson – Starring: The artists and attendees of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival In cinemas now! In 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival was held at Mount Morris Park in Harlem, and lasted for six weeks. It featured a multitude of well-known artists, and forty hours of footage […]

Film Review & Trailer: Space Jam – A New Legacy

Film Review & Trailer: Space Jam – A New Legacy

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee – Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza In cinemas now! A full 25 years after Space Jam comes this sequel. Although in the absence of Michael Jordan, current LA Lakers star, LeBron James, takes the helm, playing a fictionalised […]

Film Review: Escape Room – Tournament of Champions

Film Review: Escape Room – Tournament of Champions

By Frances Winston Directed by: Adam Robitel – Starring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, Carlito Olivero, Isabelle Fuhrman, Deborah Ann Woll In cinemas now! As soon as Escape Rooms became a popular pastime, and ‘bonding experience’, it was only going to be a matter of time before someone made a […]

Film Review & Trailer: The Truffle Hunters

Film Review & Trailer: The Truffle Hunters

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw In cinemas now! If you’ve ever eaten a dish with truffle while dining out, you will know that this coveted ingredient is an incredibly expensive addition to any meal, and can exponentially increase the price, especially the extremely rare white Alba Truffle, which can only […]

Film Review & Trailer: In The Heights

Film Review & Trailer: In The Heights

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Jon M. Chu – Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Jimmy Smits, Lin-Manuel Miranda In Irish cinemas now! This was actually the first film I saw in a cinema after they reopened, so I was somewhat worried that I […]

Film Review: In The Earth

By Frances Winston Directed by: Ben Wheatley – Starring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, John Hollingworth, Mark Monero In Irish cinemas now! This horror flick, from writer and director, Wheatley, was completed in just 15 days in August last year. This is astonishing when you consider that the writing of a movie alone […]

Netflix Film Review: Fatherhood

Netflix Film Review: Fatherhood

By Frances Winston Directed by: Paul Weitz – Starring: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Frankie R. Faison, Paul Reiser Available on Netflix now! This was originally announced as a vehicle for Channing Tatum, before he was replaced by Hart,  playing a recently widowed father, Matthew Logelin, who struggles to […]