American Hustle review

A fun romp, but less hustle than the title would suggest. The short and spoiler free version: Rating: 4 (out of 5) Overall: A frequently humourous and well set film but seemingly torn between its characters and plot exploration. Summary: Irving, a con man along with his partner Sydney, gets trapped into working for enthusiastic…

Blue Is the Warmest Colour review

Much as I appreciated this film, I’m rather glad I saw it alone. Also, let’s play ‘I spy’ for all the symbolic uses of the colour blue. The short and spoiler-free version: Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) Overall: A very intimate, slow and thoughtful film with well painted characters. More than just a romance. However,…

Captain Phillips review

This sits bang in the middle of a 4.5 and a 5 rating. Difficult. I keep swinging between the two. The short and spoiler free version: Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) Overall: Fantastic thrilling opening and brilliant acting throughout. Real and impressive environment. Summary: Follows the true story of US Captain Phillips when his vessel…

Sunshine on Leith review

I don’t feel an urge to jump up and sing about it, but I do like it. The short and spoiler free version: Rating: 3.5 (out of 5) Overall: A simple slice-of-life heartwarmer, though lacking some of the emotional punch it had potential for. Summary: ‘The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who…

Rise of the Guardians review

The short and spoiler free version: Rating: 4 (out of 5) Overall: A fun, good-humoured, friendly story uniting many of our favourite fictional icons to fight against nightmares. Summary: ‘When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.’ -IMDB…

12 Years a Slave review

The short and spoiler free version: Rating: 5 (out of 5) Overall: Powerful and captivating, it leaves its mark on your mind. Best for: Anyone that wants to watch it. Avoid if: You want something happy and light-hearted (i.e. you don’t want to watch it). Summary: ‘In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free…