Author: Sam Tremayne

Movie Review: Kingsman Golden Circle

Ever wondered what would happen if you let a child write a James Bond movie? Me neither, but for some reason Matthew Vaughn has done it twice, and the wacky, downright silly spy spoof is back – but now it’s in America! I should mention, The Kingsmen: Golden Circle is actually a well-crafted and detailed script not collaborated that is far from childlike. The whimsy and imaginative tone is reminiscent of other big budget parody movies poking fun at the super serious action films without too much substance, and ‘The Golden Circle’ mirrors this trope, focusing on style and...

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Movie review: IT

Remember that kitschy, naff film from the 1990s starring Tim Curry about a crazy clown called Pennywise? Well it’s been given the 2017 treatment, and this time somebody realised perhaps Stephen King’s novel IT deserves a more apt interpretation; one a little scarier, more suspenseful, and overall, traumatising. If you forgot about the original perhaps that was a coping mechanism, out of fear or disappointment – well be prepared for 20 more years of nightmares because this movie is cerebral, thrilling, and pants-wettingly good. Truly, I hate horror films. I think of them as theme park rides, where you...

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Movie review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The fact I sat in front of a blank document for 20 minutes before writing this review is a testament to my overall ambivalence towards this film. Sure, it has two bona fide loveable A-Listers at the helm doing the ol’ mismatch buddy movie with plenty of explosions. And sure, the concept is clever in its banality and I found the directing tight and the edit polished, but watching The Hitman’s Bodyguard felt like receiving a C+ for an assignment – “ergh… it’ll do I guess…” Why they had Ryan Reynolds play the ‘straight’ man, aka the unfunny one...

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Movie review: The Dark Tower

The long awaited big screen adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most well-regarded novel series, with a cast comprised of two likable superstars in a cool sci-fi world with superpowers, equals a recipe for a tasty little morsel of a movie. So why then did The Dark Tower feel so cheap and nasty? I shall try to address this in my summary of one of 2017’s biggest let downs – especially if you’re a fan of the books. I, however, am not. I came fresh into this, and to be honest it started off great, the pacing was on...

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Movie review: Logan Lucky

They even reference it themselves in the film – Logan Lucky is Ocean’s Eleven for rednecks. It even has the same director, Steven Soderbergh, though instead of the crème of the Hollywood A-List leading the helm, a concoction of a bunch of actors that should not be compatible form a fun, quirk and congruous little heist movie that reminds us that tight stories can be just as impactful, maybe even more so than their expensive franchise big brothers. The setup is simple, and slow (almost painfully) we are introduced to the esoteric world of the Logan family, with Channing Tatum,...

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