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…

Nocturnal Animals (2016) ★★★★★

“My Husband used to call me a Nocturnal Animal…”  Art gallery owner, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) lies in a loveless marriage with husband Hutton (Armie Hammer), but is troubled due to past events with her first husband, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal). When he sends her his unpublished novel, of which he has dedicated to her, Susan…

Suicide Squad (2016) ★★★☆☆

It’s OK to be a hit-man, as long as you love your daughter.  Directed and written by David Ayer, Suicide Squad marks as the third instalment to DC’s expanded universe. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), assembles a number of imprisoned villains who are chosen to carry out deadly missions, in return for a lowered prison sentence. The squad consists of…

The Secret Life of Pets (2016) ★★☆☆☆

What happens when you have to leave your pet for the day?  A loyal dog, Max (Louis C.K.), is horrified when his owner, Katie, arrives home with another (and much larger) dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The two dogs don’t exactly get along, leading to them being lost in New York City. Along the way, Max and Duke meet several…

The BFG (2016) ★★☆☆☆

Not so ‘giant’ after all…  Set at an Orphanage, in the middle of the night, young Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) hears a peculiar noise outside her bedroom window and spots a giant (Mark Rylance). Fearing his existence could become known, the giant snatches Sophie, taking her to Giant Country. He may be the Big Friendly Giant (BFG), but the other giants aren’t half…

Ghostbusters (2016) ★★★★☆

Charge the lines, create the vortex, break the barriers.  Directed by Paul Feig, a revival from the 1984 classic has landed on the silver screen. It centrals on a villain obsessed with desiring for the apocalypse constructs a device that increases paranormal activity in hope of designing an opening between our world and the ghost dimension. In the meantime, three scientists, Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian…

Finding Dory (2016) ★★★☆☆

Not Pixar’s best fish in the sea…  Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) lost her parents since she was a young fish. Now, she lives with clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son, Nemo (Hayden Rolence). Sooner or later, Dory loses her clownfish friends too, and decides to search for her real parents. Marlin and Nemo must go on the search for Dory…will they…

Top Ten: Best Films about Masks

Masks serve as an on-going phenomenon on-screen throughout the history of cinema. Here are 10 films I rate to be the most iconic in terms of masked identity and are personal favourites/picks. Who doesn’t love the enigma of a good mask?… 10. Eyes Without a Face (1960) – This certainly makes for an unsettling mask, having no facial…

Angry Birds (2016) ★★★☆☆

A pleasant surprise…  Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, The Angry Birds movie is based on the popular gaming app, becoming the latest video game to film adaptation. A game that requires aiming birds at pigs with a giant slingshot doesn’t consist of much in terms of narrative, but unlike the majority of video game adaptations,…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) ★★☆☆☆

And we thought Man of Steel was a mediocre superhero film…  Directed by Zack Snyder, the film centrals on Superman’s (Henry Cavill) battle against General Zod (Michael Shannon). Batman (Ben Affleck) soon decides to take on the Man of Steel himself, killing lots of innocent people in the process. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new…