Jackie (2016) ★★★★☆

Where is the Best Picture nomination?  All from her point of view, Grief-stricken Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) recounts the events leading up to the assassination of her husband. This is captured through an interview with an unnamed journalist (Billy Crudup). You’d expect this version to strike as nothing more than a run-of-the-mill Oscar bait biopic. In fact, Jackie surprises…

Moana (2016) ★★★★☆

Returning to Disney’s classic formula with tiki’s and grass skirts.  In Ancient Polynesia, Daughter of the chieftain of their island, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) sets out on an adventure to seek the infamous demigod, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in hope to persuade him to return the heart of the goddess Te Fiti, which he stole many centuries ago. With…

The Founder (2016) ★★★☆☆

The Wiener takes it all.  In his 50’s, Salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), decides to switch up his living, from selling milkshake mixers, to becoming the head of the infamous fast food giant, McDonald’s. He soon forces the McDonald brothers out of their own business, and steals the spotlight all for himself. John Lee Hancock directs…

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ★★★★★

“Help me get one more.”  Set in World War II, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) enlists as a medic in the Army. Unlike the rest of the soldiers, and due to his own religious practices, Desmond refuses to use a weapon in battle, making him a conscientious objector. He faces a lot of opposition to his decision,…

La La Land (2016) ★★★★★

“Someone in the Crowd” could take you where you want to go.  Aspiring actress, Mia (Emma Stone), works as a barista in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros studio lot. She dreams of becoming an actress, but spends too much of her time auditioning for bad roles. Meanwhile, struggling jazz musician, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), hopes to…

Christine (2016) ★★★★☆

“In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living colour…” When News Reporter, Christine Chubbuck, committed suicide live on air, it shocked the world. It is significant that the reporter suffered from severe depression throughout her career. When she decides to change the opening of the…

Top Ten: Worst Films of 2016

A crucial focus of my blog is to celebrate the beauty of film. The masterpieces which make goosebumps appear on our arms, force us to sob into our crumpled up tissues, and grin relentlessly. Admittedly, 2016 has been a truly disappointing year of film. That is, until the industry gradually started to get back on their game during the winter months.…

A Monster Calls (2016) ★★★★☆

Tissues at the ready… 12 year old Conor O’Malley, (Lewis MacDougall) must learn to deal with the deterioration of his mother (Felicity Jones) due to terminal cancer. His only further help comes from his Grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), whom he dislikes. Friendless at school, Conor also has to deal with bullies. He soon confides in the Tree Monster (Liam Neeson) who pays…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) ★★★☆☆

Claustrophobic Corpse Horror.  A corpse of a twenty-something year old woman is discovered half buried in the basement of a home. Taken for autopsy, a father and son examine the mysterious body. There is something odd – not only has her tongue been severed, but her joints are fractured. As the duo look further into…

The Neon Demon (2016) ★★★★★

A cleverly-crafted critique of the fashion industry.  Aspiring model, Jesse (Elle Fanning), immerses herself in the most frightening industry, otherwise known as the modelling scene. With little to no reputation, she begins to cultivate hers as “the next big thing”. The more exprienced models don’t take this particularly well, bearing in mind each of them have been…