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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jo Berry Fast, frenetic, colourful and packed with flashbacks and enough momentary diversions to make your head spin... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 Dolittle (2020) Jo Berry This 2020 movie is the first version of Dr Dolittle to feature a dragon having a set of bagpipes removed from her posterior. And that's not a recommendation. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/5 Little Women (2019) Jo Berry If the movie is writer/director Greta Gerwig's creation (with much acclaim to cinematographer Yorick Le Saux), the person that has given it true life is Saorise Ronan. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Jo Berry A fun, enjoyable animated adventure for kids too young to see the latest James Bond film. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
1/5 Cats (2019) Jo Berry How could anyone have hoped the film version would be a masterpiece when the stage musical it is based on is pretty dreadful? EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jo Berry There is a lot to love here, especially if you are a fan of the original trilogy... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Jo Berry An animated movie that touches on royal politics and the sins of the past may puzzle little ones hoping for a reprise of 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman' EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Jo Berry It's so much like a feature-length advert you'll be surprised the prices don't flash up on the screen while you are watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Jo Berry Some of the jokes and musical references are eye-wincingly obvious and the gags hit and miss, but when it works, especially in the latter half, it's pretty funny and likeable. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 () Jo Berry The only giggles here are provided by Lee Mack as a Roman officer dreaming of home, and a daft 'Farticus' joke, as everything else falls very flat... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Jo Berry's decidedly odd when an animal that looks like it could have you for its dinner starts singing 'Hakuna Matata'. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 The Queen's Corgi (2019) Jo Berry Rex is nearly sexually assaulted by the Trumps' own corgi, leading him to launch himself onto Mr Trump, biting down on his nether regions. You don't get that in Toy Story. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jo Berry A perfect, easy on the eye and brain summer movie... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jo Berry Pixar's writers know how to stir our emotions (even when we try hard not to cry, they get us every time). EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Jo Berry ...all the flashy weapons, cool modes of transport and star power can't cover up for a lacklustre script and a plot that could have been written on the back of a napkin. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jo Berry ...this plays out with all the pizzazz of a bowl of soggy cereal. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Jo Berry A fast and fuzzy bit of kids' entertainment that doesn't overstay its welcome and produces a few laughs... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Jo Berry Smith's appearance here - while muted in places - is a reminder of what a great entertainer the Fresh Prince can be. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Pick of the Litter (2018) Jo Berry Tissues should be given out along with tickets to this US documentary that follows a group of puppies destined to train as guide dogs for the blind. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 () Jo Berry A cute movie for very young children, filled with lovely attention to detail and terrific voice work from Waterworth, Stott and the cast. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jo Berry He's [Reynolds] the heart and soul of the movie, and his unique interpretation of the Pokémon theme is worth the price of admission on its own. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jo Berry ...this movie is mostly about bringing this phase of the Marvel universe to a spectacular and moving close, and the Russo brothers do it brilliantly. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Jo Berry ...aimed at little ones' short attention spans (adults and older kids will just feel like they have been repeatedly bashed over the head with a rainbow-coloured baseball bat) EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Jo Berry A movie that is just as much about family - not necessarily the one you are born with - as it is about super powers and vanquishing bad guys... EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 The Craft (1996) Jo Berry Despite the fact that none of the actresses were anywhere near teen age while making the film, they're all pretty convincing as tortured teens expressing their pubescent angst through magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Clash of the Titans (2010) Jo Berry As is the current trend, it seems, this was filmed in 2-D but released in 3-D at cinemas, a bad decision as the reformatting looked, quite frankly, rubbish. It's much better to watch this in good old 2-D at home, while it's nothing special... EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Dumbo (2019) Jo Berry enjoyable and inventive reworking of a classic story about family, hope and love. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Jo Berry It's not the best Marvel movie, but at the centre of it all is the terrific Larson, every inch the heroine we wanted her to be... EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jo Berry As with Billy Elliot, where you didn't have to care about ballet to enjoy Billy's story, this is a joy whether you like wrestling or have never seen it before. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Jo Berry The film does touch on the difficult, testing and heart-breaking moments of having an instant family EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Jo Berry Similar in tone to 80s movies like The Goonies and ET: The Extra Terrestrial, this is entertaining fare... but never quite funny or exciting enough to become a family classic EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jo Berry Despite being visually impressive, the whole movie feels cold and uninvolving, while the plot seems borrowed from numerous other movies... EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Jo Berry Any kids movie that references 2001: A Space Odyssey and Die Hard gets my vote... EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jo Berry Too much time is spent on lesser characters like Ruffnut and Tuffnut when what we really want is more comedy, more Hiccup and Toothless, and more Hidden World stuff too... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Jo Berry It's the first since the original 1984 animated film to do what a Transformers movie is supposed to do - entertain kids of all ages, and grown-ups too. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jo Berry You wonder whether the long gap between movies was because everyone was waiting for Emily Blunt to be old enough to perform the role as you can't imagine anyone else as Mary. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Jo Berry It's as splashy, action-packed and utterly bonkers as you'd expect a story about a fishy fella who can save the world would be. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Jo Berry Best of all are the visuals, which are so rich, bright and stylised that your eyes and brain will need time to adjust and your jaw will be dropped from the first scene... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Jo Berry We can't even talk about the scene where, in the middle of the action, the hero wanders off just so he can steal a nice new jacket. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Jo Berry ...the scene featuring the princesses dispelling their girly pre-Me Too-era images is worth the price of admission alone. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Jo Berry White-haired and bearded, clad in a sweeping red leather coat and biker gloves, one of Hollywood's most likeable actors becomes the coolest movie Santa of all time... EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 Nativity Rocks! (2018) Jo Berry This is aimed at 7 to 9 year old kids who like middle of the road rock music and poo jokes, and brings bad tidings for anyone in the cinema who falls outside that demographic. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Jo Berry The promotional campaign asks audiences to 'protect the secrets', but you'll be so focused on working out who means what to whom that you won't remember half of them anyway. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Jo Berry Aimed at young kids - there's nothing too bad about this Grinch to upset them, even if his heart is two sizes too small - this nevertheless has plenty to enjoy for grown-ups. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Jo Berry While it looks impressive it lacks the charm, warmth and magic you'd expect from the story of a whimsical land populated by the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Jo Berry Unforgettable thanks to a superb central performance from Amandla Stenberg EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 Smallfoot (2018) Jo Berry Not as smartly funny as animated movies like The Lego Movie or Disney/Pixar's output, but there is a warmth and sweetness here that should appeal to younger children EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Jo Berry A symbiote v symbiote fight looks like two oil slicks merging and is just as tedious... EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Jo Berry You have to wonder whether this family film really is aimed at parents and their kids when the first line spoken in the entire movie is 'Oh, bollocks.' EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Jo Berry Parents should be warned that about two-thirds in, it becomes less funny and instead gets pretty dark. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2018