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‘The Hallow’ movie review: The scares never relent

Halowe’en may have come and gone, but if you’re still looking for scares, you could do a lot worse than Irish horror The Hallow. Coming out at the same time as one of the most successful Irish films ever (Brooklyn), The Hallow offers a very different look at the Emerald Isle, taking the beautiful countryside,...

‘Spectre’ movie review: A worthy follow-up to ‘Skyfall’

The opening to Spectre is the sort of sequence that James Bond films are made for. It’s a dazzling distillation of everything that the franchise should be – visually striking, funny, sexy, explosive and exciting. And if the rest of the film can’t quite match up to that impressive opening, Spectre still makes for a...

‘Crimson Peak’ movie review: Tom Hiddleston is reliably excellent

Of all the filmmakers working in Hollywood today, Guillermo del Toro is one of the most fervently followed. The cult of interest that springs up around any project he’s attached to is well earned: smaller scale Spanish language classics (Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth) are offset against mega-budget Hollywood blockbusters (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) in his back catalogue,...

‘Kill Your Friends’ movie review: Has the power to amuse, shock and repulse

In 2008, Scottish writer John Niven published his first full-length novel, Kill Your Friends: a hilarious, horrifying satire on the music business during the Britpop-saturated 1990s. Based in part on the author’s experiences working in the industry – although to what degree is between him, his conscience and his lawyer – the book chronicles the...

‘The Martian’ movie review: Awe-inspiring and heroically enjoyable

The Martian opens with a shot of the vast, empty expanse of space, and for anyone with a passing familiarity with cinema, it’ll be instantly evocative of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien. Even the way film’s title text lingers slightly on screen is a very deliberate call-back to the iconic opening moments of that 1979...

‘Pan’ movie review: Hugh Jackman feels a bit too Jack Sparrow

Is there a story that’s been adapted more times than the tale of Peter Pan? Since his debut in 1902, Peter has appeared in video games, on stage, radio, TV and of course movies with the most famous being the 1953 Walt Disney adaptation. Hugh Jackman leads the cast of Pan – an origin story...

‘No Escape’ movie review: Pierce Brosnan is a riot

Of all the actors to star in a gritty action film, Owen Wilson is probably pretty far down the list. His lackadaisical comic timing is perfectly suited to comedy, but he’s never really shown that he has many more strings to his bow than that. No Escape might not prove that he’s a brilliant dramatic...

‘Legend’ movie review: Tom Hardy is fascinating to watch as the Kray twins

I’m not generally the sort of person who will gravitate towards gangster films. There’s something I find generally distasteful about the prospect of glorifying or making glamourous the basically sociopathic, violent nature of gang cultures. So when I was invited to a screening of Legend, based on the lives of real-life twin brothers and London...