Jason Bourne: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Paul Greengrass

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, Green Zone, Captain Phillips

STARRING: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed

GENRE: Action

SYNOPSIS: Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

RATING: 3/10

MY REVIEW:

I’ll admit, I’ve never been as big of a fan of the Bourne franchise as some, but they’re films I appreciate for their cinematic craft. Paul Greengrass is a director who knows how to craft a kinetic action sequence with skill, and that expertise has gotten me through the previous instalments.

August Film Preview

This summer season has not been going well, movie-wise, but there are a few glimmers of hope on the horizon, a few films that might salvage the wreckage before we go into what looks like it could be one of the best Oscar seasons in years. I’ve put together a list of my 5 most anticipated UK cinema releases of August, although there are more that didn’t make the cut that could be worth seeing, namely The Shallows which earned some pretty decent reviews from its US release, gaining the title of the best shark movie since Jaws (not that that’s hard).

5 Great Films About Motherhood

By Orla Smith

In honour of today’s release of the excellent Tallulah, this week’s list will talk about five great films that focus on the idea of motherhood, some favourably, some through a more dark lens and some with a downright disturbing outlook. This isn’t a top five or any kind of ranked list, just five I felt like recommending.

The Babadook (2014)

DIRECTED BY: Jennifer Kent

STARRING: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

SYNOPSIS: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband battle with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Releases of the Week – 29/07/2016

By Orla Smith

July started off slow, but as we’re nearing August UK releases are heating up, with a few big ones this week.

Jason Bourne

DIRECTED BY: Paul Greengrass

STARRING: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed

SYNOPSIS: Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

CURRENT ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 59%

A film I’ve already seen, and can confirm is not worth the price of admission. The worst and certainly most boring of the Matt Damon Bourne films, even if it does still contain Paul Greengrass’ assured documentary style.

Mustang: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Deniz Gamze Erguven

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: N/A

STARRING: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan

GENRE: Drama

SYNOPSIS: When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boy on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

RATING: 6.5/10

MY REVIEW:

The BFG: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Catch Me If You Can, Lincoln, Bridge of Spies

STARRING: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton

GENRE: Adventure, Family Fantasy

SYNOPSIS: A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, depsite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

Releases of the Week – 15/07/2016

By Orla Smith

It’s a very limited slate this week, in preparation for the end of January and August which are picking it up a little more.

Ghostbusters

DIRECTED BY: Paul Feig

STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

SYNOPSIS: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherwordly threat.

CURRENT ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 77%