Moonlight (2016) ★★★★☆

Sticks to subtly, and veers clear of clichés.  Narrated at three different points of his life, Chiron’s story is based on growing up in a rough neighbourhood in the slums of Miami. Drugs, violence and acceptance all play a crucial role in his upbringing. Chiron’s mother, Paula (Naomie Harris) happens to be a drug addict, while…

The Martian (2015) ★★☆☆☆

Merely a long, drawn-out science lesson.  When a storm hits Mars, Astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is left stranded, and presumed dead after being hit by flying debris. Alive and well, he must now find a way to contact NASA. The Martian isn’t particularly “dreadful”, but it certainly didn’t live up to the overwhelming hype set before us. The amount of critics that…

Spotlight (2015) ★★★★★

Spotlight diverts from the conventional route in this serious, but enthralling crime drama.  Based on a true story, Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, consisting of Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton), Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), dig deep to solve the shocking scandal of child molestation allegations within the Catholic church in 2001, spanning as far back as…

Top Twenty: Best Films of 2015

And yet another remarkable year in the film industry…Hence, I must share my favourites with you all! The chances are, I will end up changing this list around if I happen to discover films I have missed out on from 2015. But nonetheless, I highly recommend everything on this list. So, sit back, dim your lights and…

The Revenant (2015) ★★★★★

“I ain’t afraid to die any more. I’d done it already.” Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, who won the Academy’s prestigious awards last year with Birdman for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. His latest cinematic creation, The Revenant, is a compelling wintry western, set in the 1980’s. Explorer, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), survives an inexplicable bear attack. He…

Anomalisa (2015) ★★★★★

A suffocating view of humanity. Directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman, based on his own eponymous play, comes the story of the delusional Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a British author who’s forte is customer service. He soon finds himself in the hotel room of two women, both fans of his work who are in town to hear him speak. Michael sees something different in…

Top Ten: Worst Films of 2015

Here is the worst of the worst my friends, so you can choose wisely when the time comes for watching a smashing film! Be sure to check back soon for my ‘Top Twenty: Best Films of 2015’. Before we begin, some dishonourable mentions include: Unfinished Business, Victor Frankenstein, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, American Ultra, Chappie, Vacation, Serena, Seventh Son, Insurgent, Hot Pursuit,…

Room (2015) ★★★★★

A raw, unconventional take on abduction. Abducted at the age of 17 by a man known as ‘Old Nick’, Joy Newsome (Brie Larson) has been held captive for 7 years. The one thing however, that has kept her alive, is her 5-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). The two share a strong bond. The film shadows the characters lives in ‘Room’, their attempts to…

The Danish Girl (2015) ★★★☆☆

Try not to mistake this for Mrs Doubtfire.  Copenhagen in the 1920’s, Artist, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband Einar (Eddie Redmayne) to stand in for a female model. When the paintings prove to be popular, Einar begins dressing and living as a woman nicknamed Lili. Having discovered her true identity, Lili’s marriage to…