Film Critic

Cambridge-based film writer for The Digital Fix, Den of Geek and for my personal film review blog. Film and Philosophy graduate from the University of East Anglia.

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The Happy and the Sad of Christmas Movies

2014 has been a remarkably good year for children’s films, but The Lego Movie is that rare thing that appeals to children, parents and everyone in-between in equal measure. The movie follows the story of nobody Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary mini-figure who finds the strength to save the world against the backdrop[...]

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The Changelings: Films That Changed Our Lives

It took a few years for Blade Runner to really make an impact. I first saw it as a teenager (raised on action blockbusters) and was impressed with the visuals, but a bit ‘weirded-out’ and slightly bored by everything else. But in the following years, the more I watched it, the more I thought about it, I came to love it and regard[...]

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Scenes of a Sexual Nautre

Perhaps more famous for its incredible aerial cinematography, military propaganda and homo-erotic subtext, Top Gun made its impression on many teenage minds with the love scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Director Tony Scott puts his expertise learned through advertising to great use, the two lovers seen only as silhouettes[...]

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The Curious Case of Torture Porn

The whole concept of the ‘torture porn’ genre (created by a fusion of the splatter and slasher genre) has been a much-debated issue since its emergence in the late 2000s. A comparison can be drawn between said emergence and tumultuous debate with the ‘video nasties’ scare of the eighties, when titles such as The [...]

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'The Guest' - Review

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the duo behind last year’s terrific slasher You’re Next, return to the screen with The Guest. A family is grieving when mysterious David (Stevens) appears on their doorstep claiming to be a friend of their son who died fighting in the Middle East. Sporting charisma, impeccable manners and an unquenchable desire to help the small family,[...]

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' - Review

From director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) comes the much-anticipated sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a re-boot of the classic film saga depicting a world in which intelligent simians have become the dominant species of the planet. Set ten years after the events of Rise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes[...]

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'Oculus' - Review

From director Mike Flanagan, Oculus is a horror film concerning the plight of Kaylie Russell (Gillan), who attempts to prove the innocence of her convicted brother Tim (Thwaites) after witnessing the deaths of her mother and father (Sackhoff and Cochrane) as a child. With Kaylie convinced that the real cause of death was a supernatural[...]

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'Pompeii' - Review

Director Paul W.S. Anderson Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas Cert 12 Runtime 105mins Pompeii is the latest big-budget disaster movie to grace cinema screens, and judging by the trailers you’d find it easy to simply dismiss it as ‘Titanic with a volcano’. The film stars Kit Harington as Milo,[...]

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Movie Memories

My earliest memory of cinema (and of life itself) is sitting in the Cambridge Vue with my Dad in July 1999, watching Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Even today, I can hardly watch the film without feeling the child-like sense of wonder come flooding back. I know it’s hardly a perfect film, but the images of vast alien landscapes, clashing lightsabers[...]

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'Need For Speed' - Review

Based on the popular video game franchise, Need for Speed follows the story of Tobey Marshall (Paul) as he seeks revenge after a fellow driver causes his friend to crash and leaves him to die in flames by the roadside. Along the way he enlists the help of his crew of mechanics and the daughter of a British car dealer, Julia (Poots), to help clear his name and ensure that his nemesis Dino (Cooper) is brought to justice.[...]

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'Robocop' - Review

When on-set photos emerged from the remake of RoboCop, the 1987 action flick about a debilitated police officer consigned to a robotic suit, you could feel waves of cynicism emanating from the internet. The issue with remaking this film is pretty much the same faced by 2012’s Total Recall: it’s a big budget eighties action movie that was massively successful and has gone on to become regarded as a classic, but the remake was too reliant on CGI over the plastic effects of[...]

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'Ender's Game' - Review

Lauded as Star Wars meets Harry Potter, Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game is a science-fiction adventure epic based on the 1980’s book of the same name. Featuring Hugo graduate Asa Butterfield as the eponymous hero Ender Wiggin, the story focuses on the characters’ rise through the ranks of a futuristic army comprised of teenagers who are born and bred to fight an alien horde. Along the way, he encounters gruff commanding officers, rival students, and complex moral decisions that one[...]

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'Le Week-end' - Review

In a time where any old rom-com has the term ‘feel-good film of the year’ or ‘you’ll fall in love all over again’ slapped across its poster, it’s hard not to be cynical when approaching Le Week-End, Roger Michell’s comedy-drama depicting the anniversary weekend in Paris of Nick (Broadbent) and Meg (Duncan). It is however, a great joy to announce that the film is a wonderfully fresh departure from the staged feel of couple-comedies such as This Is 40.[...]

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'The Hate-Watch Watchlist'

Highlander IIII: The Quickening (Mulcahy, 1991)

This is a film that rivals the Star Wars prequels in terms of fan disappointment. Desecrating the name of the flawed but primarily fun first outing, it delivers nothing but hammy acting, headache inducing effects and one of the most contrived plots of all time.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Bay, 2009)

Scripted in two weeks (seriously, it shows) Michael Bay’s second foray into the franchise is[...]