All posts by Ben Chapple

Film Review: Pete’s Dragon (PG) (USA, 2016) brings the feels

Do you remember the 1977 Disney film Pete’s Dragon? No? Good, neither do most. But Disney’s new string of live action remakes is now having a crack at the original – which has become something of a cult favourite in the Disney archives – in an attempt to replicate their success with The Jungle Book earlier this year.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Free State of Jones (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is saved by its strong performances

Gary Ross’ Civil War drama Free State of Jones recounts one of the most interesting, albeit lesser-known, tales from the 1860s and 70s in Mississippi. Matthew McConaughey’s Newton Knight, disillusioned with the Confederate forces, deserts the war and builds himself a ragtag army comprised of poor farmers and runaway slaves, bent on fighting back against the forces who had suppressed them for so long in a “poor man’s fight, but a rich man’s war”.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Central Intelligence (USA, 2016)

There’s an ancient proverb: when you place two of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood in the same room together, they’re either going to carry the movie or destroy it. Or at least, that’s roughly how it goes. In the case of Central Intelligence, placing comedy’s new golden boy Kevin Hart in a suit alongside Dwayne Johnson, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the new millennia, in a unicorn t-shirt you know the pair are going to carry the movie no matter how refined or dry the film ends up being.... Continue Reading