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Assassin’s Creed is an action-packed mess

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Video game adaptations are often considered the black sheep of cinema. Rarely met with any critical acclaim, the genre is generally butchered in reviews with although often finds favor with a cult audience.…

Why Him? provides plenty of laughs

By Thomas Simpson Contributor James Franco is a divisive actor. Rarely will you meet someone indifferent to his acting, instead audiences either love him or hate him. I am very much in the former camp but the idea of him pitting himself…

Passengers little more than romance in space

By Thomas Simpson Contributor When a script is cast to development hell there’s a good chance that it’s never seeing the light of day. The writer is as well cutting all ties and moving on with his life, there’s plenty of more scripts in…

Darth Vader is back. Finally.

By Shane Nicholson  Managing Editor  Rogue One has given us, for the first time, two new Star Wars features in the cinema in back-to-back years. But most importantly, it’s given us all something back, something George Lucas gifted to us…

Rogue One a brilliant addition to franchise

By Thomas Simpson Contributor The phenomenal response to Disney’s first Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, left many assured that the franchise was indeed in good hands. Although previous installments were released years apart, the…

Moana is enjoyable but not very memorable

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Walt Disney returns with their 56th animated feature, Moana. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Moana draws its inspiration from Polynesian culture and…

Bad Santa 2: Unnecessary, unfunny sequel

By Thomas Simpson Contributor ‘Tis the season once again and it’s time for all the old Christmas classics to be dusted off. While movies such as It’s A Wonderful Life and Die Hard will always have a place at this time of year, there’s…

Arrival enjoyable yet lacking a bit

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve returns with the sci-fi drama, Arrival. Written by Eric Heisser and adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story titled Story of Your Life, Arrival is a refreshing tale of first…

Miss Peregrine’s a return to form for Burton

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Tim Burton’s output for the past decade has been pedestrian at best. With a familiar cast, themes and tone, the man who defined Batman for a generation had gotten lazy and his films suffered for it. Big…