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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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MOVIE: JOHN WICK 3 – PARABELLUM

MOVIE: JOHN WICK 3 – PARABELLUM

| 21 May 2019 | Reply

MOVIE: JOHN WICK 3 – PARABELLUM Directed by Chad Stahelski Starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillon, Anjelica Huston Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 91% If the second instalment of the ultra-violent fan favourite John Wick franchise expanded on the mythology of the murky underworld of assassins living by a strict […]

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MOVIE: 25kmh

MOVIE: 25kmh

| 21 May 2019 | Reply

MOVIE: 25kmh Directed by Markus Goller Starring Lars Eidinger, Bjarne Mädel, Franka Potente Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% Workaholic lawyer Christian and sullen carpenter Georg are an odd couple with thirty years of bitterness between them in this family reunion film with loads of heart. They’ve been estranged for three decades but are reunited awkwardly […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE AFTERMATH

MOVIE REVIEW: THE AFTERMATH

| 3 April 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE AFTERMATH Written by Joe Shrapnel , Anna Waterhouse & Rhidian Brook  Directed by James Kent Starring Keira Knightly, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgård Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 45% In the devastated wasteland of Hamburg just five months after the cessation of formal hostilities against the Germans in 1945, piles of rubble and bodies […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SHAZAM!

MOVIE REVIEW: SHAZAM!

| 3 April 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: SHAZAM! Written by Henry Gayden & Darren Lemke from the D.C. comics created by Bill Parker & C C Beck Directed by David F Sandberg Starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 92% Apart from Wonder Woman and Aquaman, D.C. Comics’ efforts to match […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

MOVIE REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

| 2 April 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Written by Terry Gilliam & Tony Grisoni Directed by Terry Gilliam Starring Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 70% Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote comes bundled with a crushing weight of expectation. Long held up as an example […]

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MOVIE: DUMBO

MOVIE: DUMBO

| 1 April 2019 | Reply

MOVIE: DUMBO Written by Directed by Tim Burton Starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, and the most adorable CGI elephant ever Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% Tim Burton and Walt Disney’s big-eared flying elephant prove a solid match in this rather simple but definitely enjoyable live action (read “CGI heavy”) […]

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MOVIE: CAPTAIN MARVEL

MOVIE: CAPTAIN MARVEL

| 26 March 2019 | Reply

MOVIE: CAPTAIN MARVEL Written by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Benning Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 92% In a culture which has been dominated far, far too long by toxic masculinity and sexism, Captain Marvel (and […]

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MOVIE: PET SEMATARY

MOVIE: PET SEMATARY

| 26 March 2019 | Reply

MOVIE: PET SEMATARY Written by Matt Greenburg & Jeff Buhler from the novel by Stephen King Directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 82% It’s a precarious business, remaking a favourite – some may say classic – film from many people’s formative […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: HOTEL MUMBAI

MOVIE REVIEW: HOTEL MUMBAI

| 15 March 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: HOTEL MUMBAI Directed by Anthony Maras Written by John Collee & Anthony Maras Starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 93% Forget evil spirits and undead witches, true horror exists in this world in the shape of terrorism, an evil scourge whose fanatical perpetrators can strike anywhere […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

MOVIE REVIEW: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

| 15 March 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Directed by Phil Johnstone, Rich Moore Starring Sarah Silverman, John C Reilly, Gal Gadot Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 69% Underneath all the this-one-goes-up-to-eleven product placement and giddy sugar high colour-and-flashbulb visual-explosiveness that is Ralph Breaks The Internet, is a pretty fun movie with a little something for kids and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: COLD PURSUIT

MOVIE REVIEW: COLD PURSUIT

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: COLD PURSUIT Written by Frank Baldwin & Kim Fupz Aakeson Directed by Hans Peter Moland Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Tom Jackson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 82% Liam Neeson has carved himself a niche in recent years, specialising in family revenge flicks such as the Taken series, and in Cold Pursuit […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GLASS

MOVIE REVIEW: GLASS

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: GLASS Written & Directed by M Night Shyamalan Starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 76% Back in the good graces of the studio system, M Night Shyamalan throws everything he has at this sequel to not one but two of his greatest films. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: AQUAMAN

MOVIE REVIEW: AQUAMAN

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: AQUAMAN Directed by James Wan Starring Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 83% With the lost kingdom of Atlantis, warring underwater races, incredible visuals, an epic love story (or two), an admirably strong anti-pollution message, pirates, trident duels, oceans ablaze, marine animals aplenty […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SWIMMING WITH MEN

MOVIE REVIEW: SWIMMING WITH MEN

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: SWIMMING WITH MEN Written by Aschlin Ditta Directed by Oliver Parker Starring Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks 73% When the abject mundanity of every facet of Eric Scott (TV fave Rob Brydon)’s middle-aged existence gets too overwhelming, he joins – somewhat reluctantly – a men’s synchronised swimming team. As you […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GHOST STORIES

MOVIE REVIEW: GHOST STORIES

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: GHOST STORIES Written & Directed by Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman Starring Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Andy Nyman, Alex Lawther Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 64% The brain sees what it wants to see. There’s a creepy Hammer Horror vibe to most of this intriguing film, but when the film turns on its head […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

MOVIE REVIEW: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

| 25 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN Co-written and Directed by David Lowery Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% Robert Redford insists that The Old Man And The Gun will be his last acting role, and if so, it’s a masterfully restrained way for […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS

MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS Written & directed by Bart Layton Starring Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 72% Few films challenge the narrative process or mix it up quite like American Animals. Combining small elements of Pulp Fiction and maybe even […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Written & directed by Drew Goddard Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Ten years after a bag full of stolen cash was hidden under the floorboards of a room at the El Royale […]

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BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD

BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD Shock Entertainment June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 62% Budget, budget, budget… there are plenty of films out there that cannily overcome their budgetary constraints, but sadly Bordello Of Blood seemingly squandered its bucks on a few cheesy set pieces and a robotic crypt master, rather than on a decent script. […]

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DVD: WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS?

DVD: WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS?

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

DVD: WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS? MVD Visual November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 I came into this film a complete Lydia Loveless neophyte, and left 112 minutes later a converted fan. Gorman Bechard’s documentary lays Loveless – Lydia Ankrom to her Mom back in Ohio – bare, in all her contrary, difficult, talented glory. […]

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