Patriots Day Review

By Ian Crow After only a mere four years since the incident, Hollywood has decided to make a film about the Boston marathon bombings. I feel that the dust needs to settle before making a film about a sensitive subject, yet the Americans love to make them. I had to admit though; once I saw… Continue reading Patriots Day Review

John Wick Chapter Two Review

By Ian Crow Following on from the success and cult following of the first film, Keanu Reeves is back as badass assassin John Wick. Wowing audiences with old school style techniques of shooting an action movie, the directors brought back Keanu Reeves into the action genre again and effectively revived his career. After much registered… Continue reading John Wick Chapter Two Review

Hidden Figures Review

By Ian Morton Hidden Figures is one of the surprise hits of the Oscar season with a great little story, solid direction and impressive performances from the lead cast. Based on true events, the story follows the vital role 3 female African-American mathematicians had within NASA during the 1960’s ‘space race’. With relatively little experience behind… Continue reading Hidden Figures Review

The Founder Review

By Ian Morton A solid performance from Michael Keaton combined with a safe story make The Founder one of the more enjoyable biographies of the last few years. The Founder tells the humble, yet tumultuous beginnings of McDonalds and how middle aged salesman Ray Kroc (Keaton) turned a little burger joint in California into a worldwide… Continue reading The Founder Review

Fences Review

By Ian Crow Based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, Denzel Washington stars and directs this dramatic following of Troy Maxson, a working-class black man having to raise his family and deal with other events that are going on in his life. Dealing with peoples rubbish on a daily basis, getting… Continue reading Fences Review

Loving Review

By Ian Crow As February rolls around, the Oscar bait films are still being released. It’s a weird month full of absolute tosh and last-minute push for people to see the award nominated films. Loving is one of those, only nominated for the one Oscar for leading actress Ruth Negga. Whereas Joel Edgerton missed out… Continue reading Loving Review

The LEGO Batman Movie Review

By Ian Morton The LEGO Batman movie is one of the most bonkers things you will watch this year but with a great sense of humour and a fairly robust story, it sets a very high bar for this years animated adventures. When the Clown Prince of Crime decides to bring together the deadliest villains in… Continue reading The LEGO Batman Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Review

By Ian Morton Both a nostalgic look back and a standalone story, Trainspotting 2 is a fresh combination that injects you will just enough, you will be itching for more! After escaping to Amsterdam, Renton (Ewan McGregor) ventures back to Edinburgh after having a mid life health scare. Having to face a world he left behind,… Continue reading T2 Trainspotting Review

Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #7 – American Psycho (2000)

Brett Easton Ellis is one of the most controversial and fanatic about detail. That is evident in his book American Psycho, easily one of the best books I have ever read and that was down to interesting characters, dialogue and description of Patrick Bateman’s world and his views. Straight off the bat, a film adaptation… Continue reading Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #7 – American Psycho (2000)

Moonlight Review

By Ian Crow Nominated for eight Academy Awards, independent backed film Moonlight is the dark horse in this year’s Oscars build up. After seeing the announcement of the nominations, I became more intrigued about the film. Honestly, I didn’t have one bit of interest originally in the film, and that was down to the fact… Continue reading Moonlight Review

Hacksaw Ridge Review

By Ian Morton Hacksaw Ridge is a decent combination of drama and action but some out of place heroics hold it back from becoming one of the greats. From youth through to the Ridge assault in Okinawa, the story follows Desmond Dos, a World War 2 medic and recipient of the medal of honour, as he… Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge Review

Split Review

By Ian Crow M. Night Shyamalan is the perfect example of a director going out of his comfort zone. Acclaimed for his fantastic take on the thriller genre which includes the brilliant Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, he went out of what he does best and made a sci-fi in After Earth that turned out to… Continue reading Split Review

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Review

by Ian Morton When someone comes up to me tomorrow and asks what my cinema experience was like after watching  xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, my answer will be surprisingly simple; it’s like watching someone get the worst action film, stuff it with the second and then asking it to be remade by a drunk… Continue reading xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Review

Underworld: Blood Wars Review

By Ian Morton The latest entry in the Underworld franchise gives you exactly what you want from the successful saga; a plot that defies logic, infuriating direction and a cast that is both underused and underappreciated – if you’re a fan, you’re going to love it! Continuing on from the fourth instalment, vampire Selene is once… Continue reading Underworld: Blood Wars Review

The Bye Bye Man Review

By Ian Crow Straight off the bat, the title for this movie is a worrying sign. The Bye Bye Man almost sounds like a children’s fictional character that should be living in some kind of candy-filled house and greets children with joy and laughter. Incredibly, this is not the case. This character might as well… Continue reading The Bye Bye Man Review

Manchester by the Sea Review

By Ian Crow Casey Affleck stars and turns out his career best performance in his new film Manchester by the Sea. Centred on his character Lee Chandler, the story follows him in a very difficult time in his life where his brother dies and is then left to deal with the aftermath. Dealing with funeral… Continue reading Manchester by the Sea Review

La La Land Review

By Ian Morton Much like his previous work, Damien Chazelle has managed to give you a reason to go to the cinema again with the fascinating and elegant, La La Land. The simple story follows the relationship between both an aspiring musician and a wannabe actress as they live their lives trying to break their respective… Continue reading La La Land Review

Silence Review

By Ian Crow Silence is Martin Scorsese’s long-time project that has finally come to light. Developing the film for over 25 years, his dream film has now been released and was it worth the wait? No. A very abrupt and short answer for an incredibly long and anti-climactic film. Set in the seventeenth century, two… Continue reading Silence Review

Live By Night Review

By Ian Morton While it tries its hardest to establish a place amid the seemingly infinite amount of gangster flicks, a lack of depth and a confused narrative ultimately leave Live By Night out in the shadows. Driven by revenge, small town crook Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) finds himself joining and eventually climbing the ranks of… Continue reading Live By Night Review

A Monster Calls Review

By Ian Crow 2017 may not have got off to a great start to colleague and friend Ian Morton, but the year has got off to a promising and fantastic start in A Monster Calls. Based on the book of the same name, A Monster Calls centres around a young teen called Conor, who seeks… Continue reading A Monster Calls Review

Assassins Creed Review

by Ian Morton While it seems like Assassins Creed had everything going in its favour, the final product never truly gets off the ground as a disjointed plot, lack of character development and underwhelming action sequences add Assassins Creed to the ever growing list of failed computer game adaptations. After being forcefully recruited by scientist… Continue reading Assassins Creed Review

Crow’s Top 10 Films of 2016

2016 has been mentioned as one of the worst years in film, I would have to slightly disagree with that statement. Although we have been consistently let down by big-budget blockbusters, indie films have been the talk of the year. Here is my top 10 films of 2016: Arrival The Revenant The Nice Guys Anomalisa… Continue reading Crow’s Top 10 Films of 2016

Passengers Review

By Ian Morton Whilst Passengers benefits from pretty camera work and a strong chemistry between leads, a frustrating genre blend mixed with a poignantly irreversible twist make this much more disappointing than it should have been. Midway through a 120 year journey to ‘Homestead 2’ – a colony planet of earth; passengers Jim Preston and Aurora… Continue reading Passengers Review

Train to Busan Review

As 2016 comes to an end; the last part of the year has somehow salvaged an incredibly average start. Continuing the strong end to the year, South Korean horror Train to Busan is one of the more memorable and entertaining films that I’ve come across in 2016. Following Seok-Woo, a divorced male tries to patch… Continue reading Train to Busan Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

The first of a planned three anthology Star Wars movies has arrived in Rogue One. This story closely follows the events between episode three and four as an unlikely bunch of characters are forced together by the rebellion to take the plans for the Death Star. Introduced to an array of new characters to the… Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Office Christmas Party Review

Come Christmas time, it doesn’t seem like we have many films that you would normally expect to come out around this time of year. No family Christmas movies like Home Alone, Elf or Jingle All The Way. The norm these days seems to be to release a post teen-young adult based comedy that revolves around… Continue reading Office Christmas Party Review

Moana Review

After already dominating the year of 2016 full of huge blockbuster films and brilliant critical reviews, Disney are continuing to add to their already incredible year. Moana is Disney’s 56th animated feature and the studio isn’t losing their touch. Keeping in touch with their roots, Moana has the making of a classic animated film already.… Continue reading Moana Review

Catch-up reviews!

This week we caught up on a few films we missed at the cinema – today we have Youth, London Has Fallen and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.   Youth After going on holiday together, a semi-retired film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) and his best friend Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) are forced to evaluate their… Continue reading Catch-up reviews!

Allied Review

Veteran film maker Robert Zemeckis hasn’t quite hit the highs as he did at the start of his career. Creating visionary pieces of work like Back to the Future, Castaway, The Polar Express and most famously Forrest Gump. In recent times, he hasn’t delivered anything of great quality. In recent times, Flight and The Walk… Continue reading Allied Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

Continuing on from the huge success of the Harry Potter franchise, Warner Bros look set to reap in the rewards of J.K Rowling’s other book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Based on the book published in 2001, it covers about all the magical creatures that exist within the Harry Potter universe. Written under… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

A Street Cat Named Bob Review

A ginger cat and recovering heroin addict make for an unlikely duo in this heart-warming, true life adaptation of the 2012 biography. Based on the international best-selling book of the same name, A Street Cat Named Bob tells the story of homeless, heroin addicted busker James  Bowen and his twist of fate after becoming friends… Continue reading A Street Cat Named Bob Review

Nocturnal Animals Review

American fashion designer Tom Ford wowed audiences and critics alike with his directorial debut A Single Man back in 2009. Praised for his elegant camerawork and exquisite film making, Ford returns in style again with his latest picture Nocturnal Animals. Following the life of Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) a successful art gallery owner, her life… Continue reading Nocturnal Animals Review

Arrival Review

Arrival is director Denis Villeneuve’s latest film and his first step into the genre of Sci-Fi. Following the sudden arrival of several unknown objects to land in major countries around the world, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to assist them in interpreting alien communications. Alongside her, Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner)… Continue reading Arrival Review

The Light Between Oceans Review

Acclaimed and loved director Derek Cianfrance returns for his first film in four years to direct Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans. Based on the popular novel, Fassbender plays Tom, a WWI veteran who looks after a lighthouse in Western Australia with his wife (Vikander). Secluded on a little island, the… Continue reading The Light Between Oceans Review

The Accountant Review

Love him or hate him, Ben Affleck is one of the biggest actors right now. Currently spearheading the DC movies as Batman, rocking it in the director’s chair over the past few years and most recently, he has been picking some interesting film roles. Going back to 2014, Affleck was a surprise package in the… Continue reading The Accountant Review

Doctor Strange Review

Doctor Strange is a well-balanced origin that not only introduces the character to the wider audience but also adds another dimension to the current Marvel universe…pun very much intended! Doctor Steven Strange is a famous neurosurgeon known throughout the world for his skill as well as his ego. After severely injuring his hands in a car accident,… Continue reading Doctor Strange Review

Sully Review

With a strong central plot accompanied by even stronger performances, it feels like Sully should easily be a contender as we move closer to the award season. Unfortunately however, there is just a little something keeping it from being the ‘must watch’ cinema experience it would have you believe. Telling the true life story of… Continue reading Sully Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

As a final product, Jack Reacher 2 misses the mark entirely. Not only does it bring a boring and cliché ridden narrative, the direction is uninspired and the supporting cast fall disappointingly flat. When one of his contacts is arrested for espionage, Reacher takes initiative and decides to investigate by going back to where it… Continue reading Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Inferno Review

Code breaker Robert Langdon returns for his third onscreen outing. Previously dealing with the discovery of the Holy Grail and foiling a terrorist act against the Vatican, this time, he is against the clock to foil a deadly attempt to destroy the majority of Earth’s population. Tom Hanks returns as Langdon and continues to give… Continue reading Inferno Review

Deepwater Horizon Review

Based on the incredible true story of the biggest oil spill in US history back in 2010, Mark Wahlberg leads in this heroic, action-packed and distressing drama that has emerged as one of my favourite films of 2016. Obviously based on the true events on the Deepwater Horizon, the story is centred on New York… Continue reading Deepwater Horizon Review

Blair Witch (2016) Review

For its time, The Blair Witch Project stunned audiences back in 1999. This not so contemporary ‘horror’ film broke the boundaries of film making by using the ever-present found footage technique to make the film authentic. Fast forward 17 years later and we have had our fair share of found footage movies since 1999. The… Continue reading Blair Witch (2016) Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Review

As a big Beatles fan, getting the chance to watch a documentary on Britain’s biggest band of all-time that’s made by one of the biggest directors in Ron Howard would have been a crime to turn down. Having a director of that calibre behind the documentary and one of the big positives for having Ron… Continue reading The Beatles: Eight Days a Week Review

Don’t Breathe Review

Fede Alvarez returns to our screen to direct the new horror of the year in Don’t Breathe. His new film follows three teenager burglars that are saving up to move from their rough neighbourhood to start afresh in California. After being tipped off by a man about a secluded house in the suburbs, the three… Continue reading Don’t Breathe Review

Hell or High Water review

Now the disappointing summer season is over, it’s time for the smaller budget masterpieces to make their way to theaters. A rough round the edges plot, beautiful camera work and some die hard performances make Hell or High Water exactly what we need as we enter the latter part of the year. After the local… Continue reading Hell or High Water review

Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #6 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Film masterclass is back! After a short period of time from releasing my next addition to my favourite movies of all-time, I feel the time is right to release my thoughts on 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. With the sequel to the movie coming imminently, I will tell you why The Blair Witch Project is… Continue reading Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #6 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Mechanic: Resurrection

While you get what you would expect from the next installment in the franchise, the biggest let down isn’t the terrible script, cringe worthy dialogue or how appalling reliant it is on CGI – the real bugbear is just how boring it is! Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is pulled out of retirement and back into… Continue reading The Mechanic: Resurrection

War Dogs Review

While the basic plotline is interesting, some familiar performances and some distracting pacing issues take this away from the riotous adventure promised in the trailer to a subpar emulation of the Wolf of Wall Street. Based on a true story, War Dogs follows the making and subsequent breaking of two of the youngest weapons dealers… Continue reading War Dogs Review

The Purge: Election Year Review

The third installment in the survivor franchise definitely delivers its most enjoyable entry to date but a well tread plot and familiar characters doesn’t really help it stand out from the others. After gaining popularity in the presidential race, candidate and anti-purge activist, Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) becomes the latest target during the 12… Continue reading The Purge: Election Year Review

What Makes a Good Sequel?

Sequels, Reboots, Re-Imagined. These are probably three of the most commonly used words in Hollywood right now. Those words are used to sell movies to try to bring audiences to cinema screens again. We live in a world where sequels are desperately turned around in a very short amount of time to make a quick… Continue reading What Makes a Good Sequel?

Top 10 badass animals in movies

  With The Shallows reigniting people’s fear of the water, AllthingsmoviesUK decided this was the best time to take a look at the most badass animals in film. Ranking the top 10 we have taken into account animal type as well as the relative damage they do on screen.  For this reason, all fantasy type… Continue reading Top 10 badass animals in movies

The Great Wall Review

By Ian Morton Despite The Great Wall suffering tremendously from underdeveloped plot lines, it’s easy to follow nature does just enough to make it passable for a lazy Sunday afternoon in front of the box. Mercenaries William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) find themselves in the middle of an age old battle between The Nameless… Continue reading The Great Wall Review