Category Archives: Film review

The Shape of Water – a review

Guillermo del Toro is happy to praise the inspirational source for this truly weird film, the 1954 classic low-budget horror, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. In it, an intrepid group of unlikely looking ‘scientists’, led by a hairy chested … Continue reading

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Phantom Thread – a review

Having seen this film twice the only conclusion for its making has to be it was written for Daniel Day-Lewis’s swan song, but by luck and audition choice got a superb match for his acting style out of his much younger … Continue reading

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Early Man – a review

An Aardman animation is always a safe bet. Plasticine antics and eccentricities, an old-fashioned sense of humour, love of nostalgia, and safe japes add up to fun. Take children to see the film and they won’t run up and down the aisles … Continue reading

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The Post – a review

This film arrives in our cinemas at a pivotal moment in Scotland’s history. The press was established by its founders to serve the governed not the governors. Now they reverse that principle. In reprisal Scotland’s press is held to account like no … Continue reading

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Hostiles – a review

We are in Mexico, it is 1892, and this is a tortured western, or more accurately, a western about tortured souls, not just one, as in John Ford’s The Searchers (1956), but almost every character, and maybe a wonky horse or … Continue reading

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Three Billboards – a review

  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, (a cumbersome title) is winning awards and nominations everywhere, so probably wise to review it now than later. Once the word gets around of how good the film is it’ll be difficult to get a seat. This … Continue reading

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Coco – a review

A new animation from Pixar is always an occasion to consider a night at the cinema rather than a repeat drama or a soap on the goggle box. Only two things make you hesitate – if aimed at kids will … Continue reading

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