Hail, Caesar! (2016)


Hail, Caesar! takes you back to the golden era of Hollywood and much like that time, revels in the ridiculous. The Cohen’s latest film has been sold as a screwball comedy, but in reality, it is an almost historical pastiche of an era where everything had to bigger and louder than what had come before. When the movie industry tackled Jesus and tap-dancing sailors rather than superheroes and Liam Neeson punching foreign people.

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A Bigger Splash (2016)


A Bigger Splash is a film stuffed with narcissistic people that are really hard to like.  While that doesn’t have to be a problem, it often can be, and it takes a talented director to turn a film about twats into something worth watching.  Italian director Luca Guadagnino may just be that man and he is certainly helped by one hell of a cast.

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Spectre (2015)

It all starts so well.  Spectre‘s opening set piece, set in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead had been much hyped before its release and there is a reason for that.  The long tracking shot that kicks things off, followed by a brief fire-fight and a chase through the crowded streets.  Finally, Bond and his enemy battle it out in a tumbling helicopter high above the screaming crowds below.  It’s gorgeously realised and seems to set Spectre up for one hell of a showing.  Sadly, that doesn’t prove to be the case.

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