Tag: USA

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: 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: Robin Hood (2018)

Robin Hood remains pretty much the best piece of intellectual property for feature films. It's a populist story of good versus evil. It's tried and tested through centuries of stories, songs, plays, books, cinema, television and animation. Countless artists have brought in new characters, abandoned old ones, and reworked and remixed every element of tone, ...

REVIEW: The Meg (2018)

A commercially funded science expedition sets out to the bottom of the Marianas Trench to prove whether or not a deeper section of the ocean exists. It does - and furthermore it is populated by a previously undiscovered ecosystem, included the presumed-extinct prehistoric giant shark known as megalodon. The expedition is attacked and escapes; however, ...