12 Strong

12 Strong is the true story of a U.S. Special forces team sent to Afghanistan after 9/11. Their mission was to fight with Afghanistan militias against the Taliban. I have to be honest and say I went into this film with some huge reservations about this being a typical American jingoistic propaganda film based on … Continue reading 12 Strong

The Post

In 1971 the New York Times and Washington Post become aware of top secret documents that tarnish America’s involvement and action in Vietnam. Nixon bears the full weight of the Government upon them, forcing a crucial battle for press freedom. Steven Spielberg’s latest has many things going for it. In terms of subject matter, it … Continue reading The Post

The Commuter

Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) is an ex cop who has been doing the same commute for 10 years when he is suddenly given a proposition by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga). Find someone on the train who doesn’t belong, tag them with a tracker and earn $100,000. This is Neeson’s 4th film with director Jaume … Continue reading The Commuter

Darkest Hour

Following the appointment of Churchill (Gary Oldman) as Prime Minister he faces opposition from Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) and Viscount Halifax (Stephen Dillane) due to his refusal to enter into peace negotiations as the British army is forced back to Dunkirk. The biggest detraction to Darkest Hour that may or may not impact you is … Continue reading Darkest Hour

Downsizing

Downsizing is a tricky film to give a synopsis for and clearly a difficult one to market based on the almost fraudulent trailers. This is a light drama about social injustice and environmentalism masquerading as a high concept comedy. It’s quirky, but ultimately it’s mishmash of ideas results in a dull directionless affair. The plot … Continue reading Downsizing

Hostiles

For fans of the Western genre you will struggle to find a better film this year, despite the fact that it’s January. Writer/Director Scott Cooper has produced a brutal, stoic example of the genre with stunning imagery and a haunting score. The film sets the tone early as we see Rosalie Quaid’s (Rosamund Pike) entire … Continue reading Hostiles

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

A beautiful film that succeeds in being darkly comic, dramatic, hopeful and shockingly sad. Three Billboards begins months after the rape and murder of Mildred Hayes’ (Francis McDormand) daughter. Frustrated at the lack of arrests she rents the titular billboards and challenges local law enforcement to do better. The films focus is on Mildred but … Continue reading Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri