Movies in Focus

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Primal (2019) Niall Browne Nicolas Un-Caged - that's what you could call this man versus nature actioner. Nicolas Cage returns to his action roots with Primal, a high octane action film which takes subtlety and tosses it overboard. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Niall Browne Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is a Star Wars film which should give fans everything they could hope for and more. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
4/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Niall Browne Director Adam Egypt Mortimer's Daniel Isn't Real (based on the novel by Brian DeLeeuw) is an exceptional psychological horror/fantasy which is rich in character and strong on visual imagery. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Niall Browne Deleting all previous entries save the first two films, Terminator: Dark Fate resets the narrative and brings back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. What we have with this Tim Miller directed pic is the best film since Terminator 2. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Niall Browne After talking some serious talk, it was up for debate if The Hangover director Todd Phillips could pull-off the challenge of making Joker. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 High Noon (1952) Niall Browne With one of the greatest opening sequences in film history, High Noon kicks-off in an outstanding fashion and this 1952 film just gets better and better as it builds towards its climax. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/5 Double Date (2017) Niall Browne Director Benjamin Barefoot's Double Date, a hugely satisfying comedic thrill-ride. Danny Morgan and Michael Socha share great chemistry as two friends eager to get laid - but they get more than they bargained for from two murderous sisters. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
3/5 Running With the Devil (2019) Niall Browne Jason Cabell's Running With The Devil might not be perfect, but at least it attempts to do something new with the oft-told tale of drugs moving across the Mexico/US border. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3.5/5 Satanic Panic (2019) Niall Browne Director Chelsea Stardust's Satanic Panic is a film which knows exactly what it wants to be. There's no pretence or aspiration - Satanic Panic wants to be a fun horror-comedy which doesn't skimp on gore or laughs. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Niall Browne Ridley Scott's Alien was a bleak, lived-in look at the genre, a film which took a real world aesthetic and crafted a film which combines sci-fi, horror and family drama to deliver something which everyone can relate to on a primal level. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Oldboy (2003) Niall Browne When it was first released back in 2003 Park Chan-wook's Oldboy hit audiences like a hammer. Forget Spike Lee's 2013 US remake with Josh Brolin, this South Korean film is the only version of Oldboy that needs to be seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
2.5/5 Domino (2019) Niall Browne Any Brian De Palma is better than no Brian De Palma. That's the way to look at any film from one of cinema's greatest thriller directors. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Niall Browne Nick Broomfield's Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is an epic poem dedicated to Marianne Ihlen and the great Leonard Cohen. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4.5/5 Don't Look Now (1973) Niall Browne Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now is a stunningly crafted horror/thriller from 1973. It's a classic, a wonderfully realised piece of cinema which delivers on a dramatic and an emotional level. This is how you make a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Niall Browne A sort of anti-romantic comedy, Destination Wedding is a snide, well written independent comedy with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as Frank and Lindsay, two strangers who meet on their way to a wedding in California's wine region. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Niall Browne The poor quality of Escape Plan 2 meant that I went into Escape Plan 3: The Extractors with serious trepidation, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun this turned out to be. It's worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
3.5/5 Ghost Light (2018) Niall Browne A quirky supernatural comedy, John Stimpson's Ghost Light pokes a lot of fun at the world of theatre and all its ticks and eccentricities. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Niall Browne A wonderfully textured look at a very special time in music history, Andrew Slater's Echo In The Canyon is an exceptional journey into the music scene in and around LA's Laurel Canyon in the the mid-to-late 1960s. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'N Roll (2019) Niall Browne Featuring interviews with Springsteen, Van Zandt and Southside Johnny - the holy trinity of the New Jersey sound, Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n' Roll delivers the heart, soul and tales that you would hope for in such a documentary. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Niall Browne The title of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot might imply a far-fetched pulpy B-movie and while it has some elements of what you might expect, it's actually a rather grounded character piece about life, love and loss. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/5 30 Miles From Nowhere (1970) Niall Browne When you see enough movies you get into the rhythm of certain genres and it's often easy to guess what's going to happen next. I can honestly say that director Caitlin Koller's 30 Miles From Nowhere was a total surprise EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
1/5 Boar (2017) Niall Browne It would have been very easy to say that Chris Sun's Aussie horror film Boar was...something of a bore. I won't go for such a simple pun-fuelled insult, but I will say that Sun has made a right pig's ear out of this outback creature feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 Crucible of the Vampire (2019) Niall Browne Iain Ross-McNamee tries to take British horror back to the late 1960s and early 1970s with Crucible of The Vampire, a solid low budget fright pic that has enough atmosphere, quirky performances and mystery to keep you hooked. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4.5/5 Roma (2018) Niall Browne Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is a soulful cinematic prayer. It's an open letter which embraces and reverences childhood, class struggles and politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Niall Browne Writer-director Henry Dunham makes a gutsy directorial debut with The Standoff At Sparrow Creek. The thriller is a confined and claustrophobic character piece that unfolds at its own pace, drawing its audience into its slow-release plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 Speed Kills (2018) Niall Browne Following on from the recent Gotti, John Travolta once again toplines a film which is undeserving of his talents with Speed Kills. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 King of Thieves (2018) Niall Browne Who wouldn't be excited by the prospect of Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse, Ray Winstone and Charlie Cox starring in the screen version of the UK's largest ever burglary? EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Niall Browne M.Night Shyamalan's films are often incredibly divisive and it's likely that Glass will be his most divisive yet. The converging of Unbreakable and Split sees Shyamalan working to all his strengths as a filmmaker - and his weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
1/5 Distorted (2018) Niall Browne A frustratingly terrible paranoia thriller, Distorted manages to waste a potentially intriguing premise and the star power of Christina Ricci and John Cusack. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/5 Social Animals (2018) Niall Browne The power of social media is fascinating. Users are able to connect with people from all over the world, using various platforms to market products and even themselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 The Rainbow Experiment (2018) Niall Browne A multi-layered drama, Christina Kallas' The Rainbow Experiment weaves a lot through its many characters and plot-lines. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 Newly Single (2017) Niall Browne A dark and somewhat bitter dramedy, director-writer-star Adam Christian Clark's Newly Single is a punchy character piece that really draws you into its orbit. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 The Lightest Darkness (2018) Niall Browne Russian writer-director Diana Galimzyanova impresses with the beautifully obtuse mystery, The Lightest Darkness (Samaya svetlaya tma). EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
2.5/5 Huntsville (2017) Niall Browne A modern day noir, Josie is a film which only registers because of the performances from leads Sophie Turner and Dylan Mc Dermott. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
3/5 Terror at the Opera (1987) Niall Browne Opera sees giallo master Dario Argento working at his most gloriously OTT and this 1987 mystery contains all the traits you would expect from the Italian director: mystery, lust, violence and impressive camera work. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Niall Browne Your appreciation of The Christmas Chronicles will depend on your age, or your excitement over the concept of seeing Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3.5/5 Curvature (2017) Niall Browne While the majority of audiences are spending their time watching spandex-clad heroes clogging up the multiplex and binge-watching on Netflix and Amazon, there are a few of us out there seeking something a little different. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
4/5 Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End (2017) Niall Browne As much an insight into the world of modern publishing as it is a profile about cartoonist Mr Fish (aka Dwayne Booth), Pablo Bryant's documentary, Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End is an immersive and edgy experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
3.5/5 All the Devil's Men (2018) Niall Browne All The Devil's Men is a brawny Michael Mann-style thriller from writer-director Matthew Hope. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
3.5 Widows (2018) Niall Browne Steve McQueen makes his first foray into thriller territory with Widows, a screen adaptation of Linda LaPlante's 1980s mini-series EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/5 Reborn (2018) Niall Browne A refreshingly straightforward horror film, Reborn ticks all the right boxes and delivers a fun eighty-ish minutes of mayhem. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 Adrift in Soho (2018) Niall Browne Writer-director Pablo Behrens' adaptation of the novel Adrift In Soho by Colin Wilson is a piece of cinematic jazz. The film washes over you and takes you out with the current, pulling you under until you surrender to it. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
4.5/5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Niall Browne George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is spectacular - a cacophony of automotive carnage unlike anything that has ever graced the big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5 The Neighbor (2017) Niall Browne A slow burning domestic thriller, Aaron Harvey's The Neighbour is a tense little movie with a captivating central performance from William Fichtner. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 Escape From New York (1981) Niall Browne When you look at how action cinema developed over the 1980s, it's now clear to see that Escape From New York is one of the films which established the template for the muscular action hero. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1/5 Robin Hood: The Rebellion (2018) Niall Browne Want to watch a terrible movie? Then dive head first into Robin Hood: The Rebellion. It's a film so terrible that even bad movie enthusiasts will balk at what it has to offer. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
4/5 Away (2016) Niall Browne Away is small film which has a lot going for it. Set in a wintery Blackpool, David Blair's drama focuses on the friendship between widower Joseph (Timothy Spall) and Juno Temple's Rita, a prostitute on the run from her violent pimp (Matt Ryan). EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 Moonlight (2016) Niall Browne Moonlight is a film rammed with fantastic performances. Filled with rich characterisation and powerful moments. it charts three different periods in the life of Chiron, a young, gay black man from inner-city Miami. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 Beyond the Woods (2018) Niall Browne When you've seen as many horror films as Movies In Focus, then you're always hoping that you'll dig into something that's a little fresher which offers up something different rather than more of the same. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 Survival Instinct (2016) Niall Browne Survival Instinct is a low budget British horror-thriller from Midlands-based writer/director Steve Lawson. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018