29th Jan2019

‘Matangi – Maya – M.I.A.’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Features: Mathangi Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A), Diplo, Madonna, Nicki Minaj | Written and Directed by Stephen Loveridge Directed by close friend Stephen Loveridge, Matangi – Maya – M.I.A. follows the life of controversial, outspoken and influential rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam AKA M.I.A. From her refugee status in the U.K. at 11, humble beginnings as a documentary filmmaker in the […]

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28th Jan2019

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry, Tallulah Haddon, Catriona Knox, Paul Bradley | Written by Charlie Brooker | Directed by David Slade Charlie Brooker’s seminal TV series Black Mirror returns on Netflix with an advantageous subtextually corrupted and ironic damning assessment of a “choose your own adventure” feature-length episode in […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Close’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Olivia Jewson, Abdellatif Chaouqi, Huw Parmenter, Cherise Silvestri, Indira Varma, Sargon Yelda, Robin Kermode, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Eoin Macken, Akin Gazi, Jonathan Jude | Written by Vicky Jewson, Rupert Whitaker| Directed by Vicky Jewson Close, directed by Vicky Jewson, is one of latest slug action thrillers from Netflix. Jewson’s film stars Noomi Rapace […]

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24th Jan2019

‘IO’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston, Tom Payne, Emma Fitzgerald, Justin Jamieson | Written by Clay Jeter, Charles Spano, Will Basanta | Directed by Jonathan Helpert Sam (Margaret Qualley), one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather […]

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24th Jan2019

‘FYRE’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Netflix latest investigative documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened examines the outrageously unbelievable tale of Billy McFarland’s FYRE Festival scandal in 2017. A festival that promised golden beaches, clear blue water, yachts, supermodels and luxury villas of which resulted in tens of thousand attendees left stranded with no water, no power, no beds and […]

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23rd Jan2019

‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Belcher, Malcolm Freeman, Lucy Russell, Liz White, Simon Paisley Day, John Heffernan, Lee Boardman, Paul Ryan, Kate O’Flynn, Tim Steed, Nicholas Day, Tim McMullan, Richard Goulding, Oliver Maltman | Written by James Graham | Directed by Toby Haynes Toby Hayne’s untimely and somewhat exploitive chartering of the creation and ultimately the execution […]

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22nd Jan2019

‘Monsters and Men’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan, Cara Buono, Grant Jaeger, Josiah Gabriel, Emilia Allen, Brian Pollock, Joe Tippett, J.W. Cortes, Giuseppe Ardizzone | Written and Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green Monsters and Men tells a ripple-effect narrative: from an eye-witness (Ramos) who captures […]

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21st Jan2019

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Deborah Geffner, Riki Lindhome, Jeannine Cota, Chris Gann, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Makinson, Jimmi Simpson, Grace Van Patten | Written and Directed by David Robert Mitchell Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she […]

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21st Jan2019

‘Glass’ Review – Second Opinion

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Adam David Thompson, Luke Kirby | Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan’s grounded and enigmatic superhero trilogy concludes after a nineteen-year wait. Crafting the breadcrumbs in only his second feature Unbreakable, after his breakout […]

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18th Jan2019

‘Vice’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill, Eddie Marsan, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Jesse Plemons, Bill Camp, Don McManus, Lily Rabe, Shea Whigham, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Tyler Perry | Written and Directed by Adam McKay Director Adam McKay has found himself a new-found evolution at the forefront of dramatic narratives; beginning with […]

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17th Jan2019

‘The Nun’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Ingrid Bisu, Charlotte Hope, Sandra Teles, August Maturo, Jack Falk, Lynnette Gaza, Ani Sava, Michael Smiley | Written by Gary Dauberman | Directed by Corin Hardy Corin Hardy’s The Nun is the latest chapter in the ever-expanding and highly successful horror universe in that of ‘The […]

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16th Jan2019

‘The Oath’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis, Jon Barinholtz, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Jay Duplass, Billy Magnussen, John Cho, Priah Ferguson, Henry Kaufman, Max Greenfield, Jon Lovett, Brian Guest | Written and Directed by Ike Barinholtz The Oath centers on married couple Chris (Barinholtz) and Kai (Tiffany Haddish) who learn that citizens are […]

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15th Jan2019

‘The Upside’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Genevieve Angelson, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan, Julianna Margulies, Suzanne Savoy, Michael Quinlan | Written by Jon Hartmere | Directed by Neil Burger The Upside has been in a form of legalistic limbo for over a year after the Weinstein Company seized to exist […]

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14th Jan2019

‘King of Thieves’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Charlie Cox, Francesca Annis, Tom Courtenay, Kellie Shirley, Paul Whitehouse | Written by Joe Penhall | Directed by James Marsh Based on infamous true events, a famous thief, Brian Reader (Sir Michael Caine), pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot the biggest bank heist in British […]

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11th Jan2019

‘Stan & Ollie’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Stephanie Hyam, Danny Huston, Richard Cant, Susy Kane, Rufus Jones | Written by Jeff Pope | Directed by Jon S. Baird Director Jon S. Baird’s anticipated passion project on iconic due Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, played by John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, respectively is […]

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09th Jan2019

Review Round-up: Eighth Grade / My Dinner With Herve

by Jak-Luke Sharp

EIGHTH GRADE Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri, Fred Hechinger, Imani Lewis, Luke Prael, Catherine Oliviere | Written and Directed by Bo Burnham Eighth Grade is the directorial debut of comedian and online sensation Bo Burnham. In his first foray behind the camera, he chooses a rather strange and unique […]

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09th Jan2019

‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Neil Maskell, Sura Dohnke, Marvin Maskell, Nicole Nettleingham, Doon Mackichan, Bill Paterson, Hayley Squires, Mark Monero, Richard Glover, Sudha Bhuchar, Vincent Ebrahim, Sinead Matthews, Sarah Baxendale, Charles Dance, Joe Cole, Peter Ferdinando | Written and Directed by Ben Wheatley Happy New Year, Colin Burstead follows in the stead of Ben Wheatley’s previous directing efforts, […]

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08th Jan2019

‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, Ari Elizabeth Johnson, Teagan Johnson, Gene Jones, John David Washington, Barlow Jacobs, Augustine Frizzell, Jennifer Joplin, Lisa DeRoberts | Written and Directed by David Lowery Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin […]

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08th Jan2019

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Allison Tolman, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, Patrice Cossonneau | Written by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain | Directed by Jacques Audiard Based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel, The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 […]

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07th Jan2019

‘Upgrade’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Anastasios, Melanie Vallejo, Richard Cawthorne, Harrison Gilbertson | Written and Directed by Leigh Whannell After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The […]

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07th Jan2019

‘Alpha’ DVD Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Morgan Freeman, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela, Mercedes de la Zerda, Jens Hultén, Priya Rajaratnam, Spencer Bogaert, Marcin Kowalczyk | Written by Albert Hughes, Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt | Directed by Albert Hughes An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines […]

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04th Jan2019

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson, Kevin Eldon, Adam James, Noah Spiers, Kendra Mei, Alfie Kennedy, Michael Gambon, Adam Greaves-Neal, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Charles Dance, Edward Fox, Miranda Hennessy | Written by William Davies | Directed by David Kerr Rowan Atkinson returns as the titular character of now-retired Johnny English in Johnny English […]

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