Tag Archives: Matthew McConaughey

Film Review: The Dark Tower (USA, 2017) is tolerable for casual viewers but disappointing for die-hard King fans

Full disclosure, I have not read any of the Stephen King The Dark Tower series of books. As somebody who is unaware of the source material, I was going into the film adaptation of The Dark Tower with the simple expectation of wanting to enjoy a film, to be transported to another place, be invested in the characters and to be able to follow the story without being confused by any context I might be missing.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Gold (USA, 2017) roots for the underdog but takes itself too seriously

When you take an idea like the story of a dreamer, and mash it together with a cautionary tale about the wolves of Wall Street and big business. With your lead character as that grizzled underdog type, and have it all based loosely on a true story the result you get is Gold.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Sing (G) (USA, 2016) is a pleasant outing for families this holiday season

Stacking itself plentiful with a heft of pop songs ranging from the classic sounds of Lennon & McCartney to the modern screech of Lady GaGa, Sing is a jukebox musical of sorts that’s suitably bold and bright. Seemingly content not reaching for critical acclaim in the same vein as recent animated offerings like Zootopia, this somewhat old-fashioned tale isn’t a musical in the traditional sense, but allows plenty of showy numbers to liven up the relative two-dimensionality of it all.... Continue Reading

British composer Joby Talbot on bringing Illumination’s new animated film Sing to life (EXCLUSIVE)

It’s not often you wonder about a composer after you watch a film, but British composer Joby Talbot is certainly the sort to warrant that reaction. Joby has helped bring the Minion-crazy animators over at Illumination Entertainment their new film Sing to the big screen with his crafted musical genius.... Continue Reading

Watch the first official trailer for Stephen Gaghan and Matthew McConaughey’s Gold

Matthew McConaughey has transformed again in the first official trailer for Gold. After shedding almost 21kg’s for Dallas Buyers Club McConaughey returns to screens as an older, rounder version of himself (a little bit Christian Bale in American Hustle) to take on the role of Kenny Wells, a down on his luck prospector.... 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: Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) (USA, 2016) is one of the best films of the year

Laika Studios is an animation studio that is yet to become a household name. I honestly didn’t know them before hearing about their latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. Though, without knowing it, I had already enjoyed their first studio film, Coraline, immensely. And reading about their other works like The Boxtrolls and Paranorman, only left me more interested in what they had cooked up for their latest film.... Continue Reading