The Oscars 2015: Winners in full

The 87th Academy Awards brought some much-needed glitz and glamour to an otherwise very damp Los Angeles as the Hollywood A-list descended on the red carpet hoping to be leaving with the coveted Oscars trophy.

How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris hosted as the likes of Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne walked away with prizes, take a look below for the full list of winners. Continue reading

“Best reserved for the DVD shelf” The Wedding Ringer Review

THE WEDDING RINGER   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Jeremy Garelick   Music: Christopher Lennertz

Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad


The comedy genre is one which goes through many cycles. You can go for years with lacklustre efforts featuring big-name celebrities like Norbit and Johnny English: Reborn, but every so often something special comes along to remind you how funny films can be – a la Bridesmaids or The Heat.

This year’s first offering is The Wedding Ringer. Fronted by Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, it follows the story of a loner who is forced to hire a best man to ensure his upcoming wedding goes without a hitch. But will it have you in fits of laughter or running from the altar? Continue reading

Take 2: A look back – Jurassic Park III

In the first of a new series of articles looking back at films which didn’t quite get the warm response they perhaps deserved, Adam Brannon examines 2001’s Jurassic Park III.

The first Jurassic Park was a lesson in how to do most things right with a big blockbuster. It had action, suspense and drama only a person like Steven Spielberg could bring to the silver screen.

Its box office success speaks for itself, having been re-released a couple of years ago, it finally crossed the coveted $1bn mark, a feat mainly reserved for films released in the 21st century. Naturally sequels were inevitable with Spielberg returning for 1997’s reasonable The Lost World and Joe Johnston taking the helm of 2001’s critically panned Jurassic Park III. Continue reading

“A tiresome affair” Fifty Shades of Grey review

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY   (UK CERT: 18)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson   Music: Danny Elfman

Voices: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora


The Fifty Shades phenomenon is something very hard to calculate. Yes, we know its sold millions of copies worldwide, but its readership is likely to be much higher. I’m sure someone somewhere will know another person who didn’t go out and buy the book, but just borrowed it.

Creating a film from E.L. James’ novel was never going to be an easy task for numerous reasons. The harsh reality is that Brits have mixed views with regards to seeing sex on the big screen – nonetheless, Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of the critically acclaimed Nowhere Boy, was chosen to helm an adaptation. But is it a success? Continue reading

“Genuinely moving” Big Hero 6 Review

BIG HERO 6   (UK CERT: PG)

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams   Music: Henry Jackman

Voices: Ryan Potter, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr.


The Marvel Studios movie train has been non-stop over the last few years, from Iron Man to The Avengers, it shows no signs of slowing. Now though, a take-over by Disney has ensured both studios enter into rather unknown territory.

The first film from this collaboration is Big Hero 6, an animated superhero film in the same vein as Pixar’s The Incredibles. But does it reach those dizzying heights? Continue reading