*NEW* DUNKIRK REVIEW *NEW*

The greatest war film ever made? Not even close. BUT still a bloody good watch. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Did hype hinder on Nolan's latest endeavour? Isn't that always the case, I hear you … Continue reading *NEW* DUNKIRK REVIEW *NEW*

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*NEW* ALLIED 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*

*NEW* DAD’S ARMY REVIEW *NEW*

This was doomed from the start. PANIC, Mr Mainwaring! The perfect cast. The wrong script. A real bomb. The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. Dad's Army was (and still is) one of the best sitcoms I’ve … Continue reading *NEW* DAD’S ARMY REVIEW *NEW*

CHILD 44 REVIEW

Tipped to be the biggest flop of 2015. An unjustified tag line may be undeserved but this clunky affair still leaves a lot to be desired. A disgraced member of the military police (Hardy) investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Tom Hardy was superb. A powerhouse performance. He carried … Continue reading CHILD 44 REVIEW

UNBROKEN REVIEW

This didn’t break my top movies list BUT there is still an engaging account of one’s man incredible story. So what’s it all about? After a near-fatal plane crash in WW2, Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy … Continue reading UNBROKEN REVIEW

FURY REVIEW

Feel the fury! Well . . . Sort of. NO! It's not another Marvel hero origins movie. Although how good would a Nick Fury movie be? Anyway . . . David Ayer (Training Day/End of Watch) pens a hard hitting visceral war drama with the aid of a stellar cast. BUT with an overlong running … Continue reading FURY REVIEW

THE BOOK THIEF REVIEW

An endearing and heartfelt drama. Brilliantly written, nicely shot and well acted. Against the backdrop of the impending Second World War, a young orphan Liesel Nieminger (Sophie Nelisse) finds solace in stealing books as well as hiding a Jewish refugee, Max (Ben Schnetzer) who is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. I've never read Markus … Continue reading THE BOOK THIEF REVIEW