One ride I didn’t expect to enjoy. Two passengers are awakened 90 years early after a spaceship malfunction en route to a distant colony. From all the negative press, I was bracing myself for something horrific. A loved up but incredibly naff Gravity rip-off. Oh no! The opening act was completely different to what I had … Continue reading *NEW* PASSENGERS REVIEW *NEW*



I surrender. Good chemistry does just enough to make this typical Hollywood war romance watchable. In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. … Continue reading *NEW* ALLIED REVIEW *NEW*


Third time's the charm? Bridget's (Renee Zellweger) focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch . . . she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. My initial reaction when my mum asked if I would take her to … Continue reading *NEW* BRIDGET JONES’S BABY REVIEW *NEW*


I’d rather look at 50 different shades of grey than endure this again. Well, that’s what I thought I was going to say. Yeah, I can’t believe I watched it either. What did the Mad Movie Ranter make of the highest earning controversial adult movie of 2015? In a nutshell, I didn’t mind it. Literature student Anastasia … Continue reading *NEW* 50 SHADES OF GREY REVIEW *NEW*


A great cast reprieved this pleasantly easygoing (if slightly underwhelming) drama. An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Ronan has developed into quite the actress. … Continue reading *NEW* BROOKLYN REVIEW *NEW*


Two superb performances reprieve an overhyped and overlong affair. Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett). I think this was another case of hype being a hindrance. I don't know what I was expecting BUT somehow it didn't … Continue reading *NEW* CAROL REVIEW *NEW*


It really was the longest ride. Easygoing enough but memorable? Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation hits the silver screen and it's everything you could expect. Schmaltzy, cliched, predictable and far too bloomin' long! After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man (Alan Alda), as he reflects back on … Continue reading THE LONGEST RIDE REVIEW