Category: review

REVIEW: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Let me tell you about 19th century entrepreneur and entertainment giant P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman). He grows up poor and mocked by the upper classes, despite falling in love with a wealthy heiress (Michelle Williams). As an adult, when the company where he works goes bust, Barnum steals a letter of credit, uses it to ...

REVIEW: Gatao 2: Rise of the King

Ren (Wang Shih-hsien) is a mid-level gang leader in Taipei's criminal underworld. One night a former friend named Jian (Collin Chou) returns home to cause trouble and gets arrested. As the police take him away, Jian warns Ren that he has a special plan to take over the city. A few years later, Jian returns ...

REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) is a teenager living in a small Texas town. Her mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) is a former beauty queen and organiser of the local teen beauty pageant. Willowdean, nicknamed "Dumplin" by her mother, is overweight and miserable, and mourns the recent death of her Dolly Parton-obsessed aunt Lucy. When she discovers ...

REVIEW: Bumblebee (2018)

Transforming robot Bumblebee, on the run from the villainous Decepticons, hides out in 1987 California. There he meets Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), an 18 year-old coming to terms with her father's death. When two Decepticons arrive in pursuit of Bumblebee, he and Charlie are thrust into a life-or-death struggle to save the Earth. Or something to ...

REVIEW: Half the Picture (2018)

Women do not get the opportunities in film-making that men do. That is demonstrable fact, and to understand exactly how and why institutional sexism is harming the American film industry you couldn't do much better than watch Amy Adrion's admirable and engaging documentary Half the Picture. Through a well-considered and arranged series of interviews, it basically ...

REVIEW: Creed II (2018)

Following his boxing victory over middleweight champion Danny Wheeler, Adonis "Donnie" Creed (Michael B. Jordan) continues his path through the ranks of world boxing. When he reaches the height of the sport - world heavyweight champion - an unexpected challenger emerges. Viktor Drago is the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the former boxer who ...

REVIEW: An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

In a cold Chinese city the lives of several people collide in an unexpected fashion. A high school student accidentally causes his bully to suffer a crippling injury; that bully's older brother - a local gangster - comes looking for revenge. The same brother has an affair with his best friend's wife, leading that friend ...