“Too Slow in Parts” Mockingjay Part 1 Review

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT1   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Francis Lawrence   Music: James Newton Howard

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth


The Hunger Games series has become something of a worldwide phenomenon over the last few years, with over $1bn in takings between two films, success is a bit of an understatement.

A year after the critically acclaimed Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence returns with the first part of Suzanne Collins’ underwhelming finale – Mockingjay, but can it continue with the series’ success and improve on the lacklustre novel? Continue reading

“A Striking Visual Translation” The Giver – Review

Over the last decade, cinema-going audiences have had the treat of numerous adaptations of popular young adult novels. Some of them have been particularly great – the Harry Potter series the highlight – whilst others have been less than stellar – Twilight, I’m looking at you. Continue reading

A Man of Many Faces: Robin Williams Tribute

The world recoiled in shock today as news outlets across the globe announced the death of the loveable actor, Robin Williams who was 63. Many of us here in the United Kingdom woke to the news that the thespian, known for roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, one of my favourite films, Good Will Hunting and Night at the Museum had committed suicide at his California mansion. Continue reading

A little person who’s a very big fan…

When I think of fans of Movie Metropolis, it would generally be people who are able to read, possibly write and most definitely be able to talk; how else would the word spread of how great MM actually is? (modest I know)

However, it seems that I have a brand new fan, little Lyla from the UK who is less than two months old. Continue reading

“Watch out Pixar” How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2   (UK CERT: PG)

Director: Dane BeBlois   Music: John Powell

Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington


Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon was an example of setting your expectations low and coming out pleasantly surprised. The first film proved that the studio could create animated masterpieces and it left audiences across the globe hooked.

However, expectation has never been higher for its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, but does it soar to the dizzying heights of its predecessor? Continue reading