Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 US (2017) Dirs. Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda The folks at Illumination are determined to make Despicable Me into a major franchise having already two films and a spin-off for the scene-stealing Minions, which I’ve not seen but is said to be a bit poor. However, Minions took over a billion dollars … Continue reading Despicable Me 3

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel (Cert 12A) US (2019) Dirs. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck I’m showing my age here but until the announcement of this film, Captain Marvel to me was a male superhero in a red and white outfit and lightning bolt on his chest, the alter ego of schoolboy Billy Batson, transforming upon saying “Shazam!”. … Continue reading Captain Marvel

Monster Hunt

  Monster Hunt (Cert 12) 1 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 117 minutes approx. In what must be a conclusive sign that China’s desire to rival Hollywood on the international film front is practically complete, this family friendly CGI fantasy was at one point the highest grossing film in Chinese history until usurped … Continue reading Monster Hunt

War For The Planet Of The Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes US (2017) Dir. Matt Reeves In closing my review for Spider-Man: Homecoming I said it “might already be the film of the Summer”. I believe I may have spoken too soon…. The third (and final?) film in the rebooted series that began with 2011’s Rise Of The Planet … Continue reading War For The Planet Of The Apes

Expelled From Paradise

Expelled From Paradise (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 103 minutes approx. Cyber hacking has become a major global problem ever since the rise of the internet and mobile phone technology of the past twenty years, so how ironic would it be that one solution to this issue would … Continue reading Expelled From Paradise

The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)

The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) China (2016) Dir. Stephen Chow They certainly like their CGI heavy cinema in China. In 2015, the highest grossing film of all time at the Chinese box office was the fantasy adventure Monster Hunt - that is until Stephen Chow returned to the fold with this socially conscious fairy tale, … Continue reading The Mermaid (Mei ren yu)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing) Hong Kong /China (2016) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang If we have learned anything from the modern movie business model it is that no matter how bad a film is, if it scores big at the box office a sequel is inevitable. This applies … Continue reading The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

Avengers – Age Of Ultron

Avengers - Age Of Ultron (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Marvel) Running Time: 141 minutes approx. When Avengers Assemble became the third highest grossing film of all time in 2012 the sequel was not only inevitable but no doubt already commissioned before the champagne bottle was opened during the opening weekend celebrations. Then again … Continue reading Avengers – Age Of Ultron

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes    US (2014) Dir. Matt Reeves The inevitable sequel to 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes reboot of the successful sci-fi franchise ups the ante with its tally of talking apes from one to an entire colony in this dark, dystopian tale. Set ten years after … Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Harlock Space Pirate

Harlock Space Pirate (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs DVD-Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 111 minutes approx. With the legendary mangaka Leiji Matsumoto’s 1974 creation Space Battleship Yamato recently getting a live action upgrade, another of his classic works gets the modern make over treatment - 1977’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock. This … Continue reading Harlock Space Pirate