Liverpool Echo

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Peanuts Movie (2015) Georgia Morgan If unabashed sweetness is your weakness then you will be completely helpless. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2016
4/5 Goosebumps (2015) Georgia Morgan Goosebumps is a wicked delight, packed full of spooks and scares that should have adults jumping out of their seats almost as often as little ones. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 Trumbo (2015) Georgia Morgan Trumbo is a fascinating portrait of a time when suspicion could end a promising career, and Bryan Cranston earns an Oscar nomination for his stellar portrayal of the Hollywood screenwriter. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 Dad's Army (2016) Georgia Morgan From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 Spotlight (2015) Georgia Morgan Thomas McCarthy's impeccably crafted drama pays tribute to the close-knit team of tenacious editors and reporters who tirelessly pursued the ugly truth and wrung their sweat and tears into the exposes. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2016
5/5 The Big Short (2015) Georgia Morgan We might not always keep up with McKay's dazzling film and its rapid-fire, whipsmart dialogue, but by the end credits, we're not far behind. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/5 Ride Along 2 (2016) Georgia Morgan Story directs at a lacklustre pace, which suggests he signed on with the returning cast purely for a pay cheque, while parallel romantic subplots beggar belief. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2016
Creed (2015) Greg O'Keefe It's absorbing stuff. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 He Named Me Malala (2015) Georgia Morgan He Named Me Malala is a deeply touching story of a proud father and daughter, who have drawn strength from each other in times of unimaginable pain and adversity. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
Her (2013) Georgia Morgan This intriguing romance takes a clever and sophisticated look at love in the modern world. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/10 No Escape (2015) Georgia Morgan Clumsy filmmaking in No Escape means the viewers never actually find out where the uprising is and director John Erick Dowdle and his younger brother Drew, who co-wrote the script, remain vague about the geography of this violent, protracted chase. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
8/10 The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) Georgia Morgan The Diary of a Teenage Girl is honest, frank and doesn't hold back. So if you don't mind a swear word or two, and you want a realistic approach from a film, this movie could be for you. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/10 Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Georgia Morgan Unfortunately, while Hitman: Agent 47 may offer a passable diversion for the action fans among us, for everyone else it's best avoided. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
6/10 Paper Towns (2015) Georgia Morgan With a simple storyline that can be slow at times, Cara Delevingne's new movie will earn a place in the hearts of teenage filmgoers. But it doesn't offer the same emotional punch as The Fault In Our Stars. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
6/10 The Visit (2015) Georgia Morgan Don't go in expecting some big Sixth Sense-style twist but The Visit does provide a satisfying blend of thrills and laughs, so if you're into spooky movies, it's worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
6/10 A Walk in the Woods (2015) Georgia Morgan The premise of bickering old friends forced together while out of their comfort zones has been done before and far better (Whitnail and I, City Slickers), but the two leads' star power and easy charm makes this an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
7/10 Bill (2015) Georgia Morgan The cast's energy is infectious and they frequently seem to be one smirk or snigger shy of corpsing en masse and ruining the take. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
7/10 Miss You Already (2015) Georgia Morgan Screenwriter Banks redeems herself with a well-judged final act that tugs our heartstrings without feeling like we're being shamelessly manipulated into reaching for another tissue. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
6/10 Solace (2015) Georgia Morgan Morgan and Cornish are both short-changed as ballsy cops who harbour painful secrets, while Farrell remains largely off screen until the anticlimactic, mind-bending final showdown. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
8/10 Macbeth (2015) Georgia Morgan Fassbender and Cotillard deliver mesmerising lead performances which are both compelling and realistic. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/10 Pan (2015) Georgia Morgan The fantasy adventure invites our senses on an awfully big adventure, but lands with a dull thud where it matters most: our hearts. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
6/10 Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Georgia Morgan If you liked the first Hotel Transylvania you'll like the second, but while the special 3D effects look great, the storyline can lack depth at times. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/10 The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Georgia Morgan The Last Witch Hunter has some great production design and digital effects, but the movie directed by Breck Eisner is an interminable bore, which foolishly places the weight of the film on Vin Diesel's broad shoulders. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
9/10 Spectre (2015) Georgia Morgan Spectre features all you would expect from a great Bond film: amazing gadgets, exotic locations, stunts, a new Aston Martin and a sprinkling of humour. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
9/10 Brooklyn (2015) Georgia Morgan Definitely one to watch if you like raw emotion and romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 Burnt (2015) Georgia Morgan Half-baked, tepid, underseasoned - all these culinary put-downs are deserved for a film that asks us to root for a broken man with nothing to lose, then hands him redemption on a silver platter. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 Steve Jobs (2015) Georgia Morgan Michael Fassbender delivers a powerhouse performance as Jobs in Danny Boyle's bravura portrait of the revered Apple co-founder, which is neither a traditional biopic nor a gushing hagiography. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/5 Black Mass (2015) Georgia Morgan Strip away Depp's theatrics and Black Mass is a handsomely crafted, if overly familiar, tale of crime and punishment that faintly echoes Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning drama The Departed. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
2/5 Love the Coopers (2015) Georgia Morgan Christmas With The Coopers employs an episodic structure that recalls Love Actually but falls woefully short of Richard Curtis' festive romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 The Night Before (2015) Georgia Morgan There's a glimmer of genuine sweetness beneath the tomfoolery in The Night Before, which occasionally casts a warm glow over characters as they learn valuable lessons about the power of friendship to overcome every obstacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 The Lady in the Van (2015) Georgia Morgan It's a simple yet very well done piece of cinema that sees some of Dame Maggie Smith's best work in years (and that includes Downton Abbey). EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/5 The Dressmaker (2015) Georgia Morgan Revenge, mother-daughter bonds and the transformative power of clothes are the threads stitched deftly throughout Jocelyn Moorhouse's quirky Australian comedy drama, which induces tears as much as giggles. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
7/10 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Georgia Morgan The movie is packed with action, wit and charm, with director Ritchie sticking to the roots of the original 60s series. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
7/10 Straight Outta Compton (2015) Peter Milby One of the better musical biopics of the last 20 years, Straight Outta Compton is a real rags-to-riches showbiz story. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
2/5 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Susan Lee I was more aroused by the immaculate shine on Christian's piano than anything in his boudoir of bondage: a set designer must have spent hours buffing those ivories. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 Mississippi Grind (2015) Georgia Morgan The script has flushes of comedy and humour, and the actors' winning on-screen chemistry harks back to a bygone era of Hollywood buddy movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 Carol (2015) Georgia Morgan The impeccable style of the 1950s era conceals a maelstrom of messy, raw emotion, which overflows in the film's heartbreaking second act as the forbidden lovers discover the terrible cost of their liaisons. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/5 Kill Your Friends (2015) Georgia Morgan Hoult swaggers through the blood-soaked melee in style, and director Harris conjures hallucinogenic sequences of wanton drug-taking and slaughter, while Niven... ensures plenty of belly laughs. But there is such a thing as too much ghoulishness. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/5 Sisters (2015) Georgia Morgan An entertaining portrait of modern womanhood. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Georgia Morgan Ridley and Boyega make a sizeable impact amidst the cacophonous sound and merchandising fury, capturing the vulnerability and anguish of conflicted characters haunted by murky pasts. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2015
8/10 Sicario (2015) Georgia Morgan Blunt is terrific in a physically and emotionally demanding role. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
4/5 Grandma (2015) Georgia Morgan Grandma is a slight, yet entertaining character study, anchored by Tomlin's formidable turn as a fiercely independent woman, who continues to blaze a trail in her later years. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2015
9/10 The Martian (2015) Georgia Morgan Sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott is in his element employing the 3D format to dazzlling effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
7/10 Paper Planes (2014) Dan Bevan Worthington and Oxenbould strike up a believable father/son dynamic, meaning that you can't help but smile at the inevitably schmaltzy ending. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Dan Bevan Relentlessly bleak from the first frame, this final outing pulls no punches as white knuckle action sequences see the casualty rate rise alongside the tension. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2/5 Victor Frankenstein (2015) Georgia Morgan Victor Frankenstein lumbers and lurches rather like the monstrosity that the title character jolts to life with a bolt of lightning from the heavens. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
Zombieland (2009) Catherine Jones Zombieland is an hilarious jaunt through a futuristic America ravaged by a contagion that has changed all but a lucky few into flesh-chomping predators. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2014
District 9 (2009) Catherine Jones It's remarkable for a first-time feature film director to keep a tight rein on all these elements and meld them with such dynamism and style. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2014
Lawless (2012) For its dramatic simplicity, the film packs a hefty punch, exploring the bonds of trust that are tested to their limit in the face of the law. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
Anna Karenina (2012) Anna Karenina is a big, expensive bauble: pristine, polished and admirable, but structurally brittle and completely hollow. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012