Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

  Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut in the Mission Impossible franchise, having already written for and directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (and written for him with Edge of Tomorrow and Valkyrie) is a lot of fun. It’s got great action set-pieces and a nice dose of humour, but best of all, it’s got a female lead who is so good, she brings Cruise up…

Tomorrowland Review

  Tomorrowland will be remembered as the film that launched Britt Robertson into movie stardom. As  Casey Newton, the feisty, science-minded daughter of a NASA engineer, Robertson does everything she can to single-handedly power this awkward, confused, shambolic young adult fantasy along. She can do perky, she can toss a double-take, and her wide-eyed, eyebrows-up, mouth-agape…

Entourage Review

  There is nothing inherently awful about the big screen version of HBO’s Entourage television series, other than it has absolutely no reason, or justification, to exist.   Big screen versions of television shows are nothing new. I’m not talking about decades-later reboots but simply transitions to the big screen, including original actors and, often, sets, props and situations.…

Spy Review

Even Rose Byrne, who has consistently been scoring the most comic goals in supporting roles in American studio comedies over the last few years, is left high and comedically dry by the script and direction of Spy, a generallyunfunny, very expensive misfire that is often embarrassing to watch. Byrne manages to achieve a final moment of dignity…

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Review

It was only about six or seven minutes into Mad Max: Fury Road that I knew that I’d be seeing it again in a matter of days. It was a couple of minutes after that when I realised that this film was going to look freaking spectacular in 3-D (I was watching it traditionally). I was already…

Unfriended Review

Unfriended ***1/2 (out of five) In 1999 The Blair Witch Project scared the beejaysus out of us with handheld cameras, an unknown cast (who also shot much of the footage) and not much of a budget at all. It didn’t exactly invent the “found footage” format but it was easily the most influential example of the form ever,…