I, Tonya

A terrific triumph of willpower in a doomed town of malice and spite.

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Raised by a competition addict, Tonya had no choice but to sidle into the limelight as her love for figure skating became an all-consuming and career defining movement that resulted in sizable disappointment from a young age.

Despite the underlying inevitability of ruined success, this film has a hopeful plot that allows the audience to feel optimistic for a character who has to overcome the odds to achieve her goals in spite of the world’s onlooking perceptions.

Director, Craig Gillespie, stirs away from the usual film formula, choosing instead to present this story in an interview format, which combines the stories of past and present to the give the audience a well-rounded explanation of this truly unique plot, that is, after all, based upon a true story.

Due to its unusual format, the film can feel a little lackluster at times, with the chopping of character dialogue often adding nothing but confusion to the mix.

Though these momentary lapses can act as dissuasive stints, luckily the cast, fronted by Margot Robbie, manages to steal back the attention by giving performances which are intriguingly robust throughout.


The Mercy

An oceanic adventure that ends in a wave of merciless peril.

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Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) is determined to be the first novice sailor to win the Golden Globe Race, but his admirable motivation soon becomes a distant memory when he finds himself alone on a yacht in the middle of the ocean with little hope of winning.

Despite being based upon the true tale of Crowhurst’s 1968 defeat, Director James Marsh reconstructs every inch of this dramatic demise with a touch of fictional elegance which allows for a fairytale discovery that leaves the historical facts trailing behind.

With Firth taking on such a delicate and somewhat lonely character, the expectation of emotional success could be comprised, but Firth manages to excel in this department by showcasing his tumultuous talent which radiates throughout the film, creating an unrelenting emotional connection between actor and audience.

Though at its core this film is riddled with sadness and defeat, it still stands as a testament to a man willing to risk everything to pursue his dream of adventure.



Darkest Hour

So many people to save, so little time.

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With an impossible task ahead, Winston Churchill is promoted to the role of Prime Minister, will little hope of resolve in the impending doom of WWII.

Gary Oldman takes center stage as Churchill to bring one of the greatest stories in recent history to the big screen, and I can think of no better man to do it.

A story as well known as this one is always somewhat difficult to reinvent and captivate, but director Joe Wright seems to have taken it in his stride, with the minor details becoming major details in this most unusual retelling of history.

What begins as a nose dive into a war engulfed Britain, soon becomes a noisy mess, as viewers are resigned to witness a slow slog of heavy dialogue, which makes this film feel like a long haul flight with no sign of any available parachutes.

Though this film may lag at points, the overall content provides an insight into one of the greatest minds this country has ever seen and reveals the baffling conflict of WWII politics, as the brunt of war is encrypted in secrecy.



Death is but the next great adventure; in a world full of life, the perils of death never seem too far away.

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Music is a bit of sore subject in Miguel’s family, which wouldn’t be a problem if he didn’t want to be a musician, but he does, and so it is.

In an act of rebellion, Miguel strikes at the core of his family’s morals and runs away in an attempt to enter a music competition on the day of the dead; unfortunately all does not go to plan and Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead amongst his ancestors with a lot of explaining to do.

Death is not a subject that many animators could tackle, but this Disney Pixar collaboration does so with so beautifully crafted precision that one almost forgets that death is at the heart of this majestically orchestrated animation.

From endearing characters to unapologetic honesty, the film breaches the gap between fantasy and reality with such effortless ease, you don’t even remember it happening.

This film is as important to the younger generation, as it is to the old, with the act of remembrance striking at the core of one’s very being.

No one wants to be forgotten, and this animated wonderland reinforces the importance of why.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The board game with a vengeance is back, and this time it’s gone digital.

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When a group of detention goers are tasked with the job of clearing up their schools’ basement, they come across a literal game-changer, as they are unexpectedly thrown into the world of Jumanji.

From badass teenagers to full-grown adults, somehow through the magic of this game, a young blonde girl turns into a middle-aged man, as Jack Black takes on the persona of a millennial teenage girl as each kid picks their gaming characters without much thought for the outcome. Which as is evidenced by Black’s awesomely hilarious portrayal of a young teenage girl, makes for great on-screen entertainment.

Rather than trying to restore the original Jumanji, this film pays homage to its predecessor as it keeps the magic of the story, but delivers it to a new audience with a reimagined direction.

The film is crammed with big names, from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to Karen Gillan, supplying audience goers with ample googling time, as the actors strut their stuff on the big screen in an adventure that will warm the hearts of viewers both young and old.



The Greatest Showman

A show that shoots for the stars, but hits the moon.

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P.T Barnum has an extraordinary need for greatness, but a not so extraordinary bank balance to match. What starts as a naive passion project soon escalates into one of the greatest shows in the world, as Barnum rallies the most unlikely of troops to put on a truly unique show.

With Hugh Jackman sitting front and center at the helm of this film as B.T. Barnum, and an equally impressive cast of supporting actors, from Zac Efron to Michelle Williams, this film certainly provides the talent to back this infamously impactful story of inequality and ambition.

Director Michael Gracey provides a backdrop that relishes the acting talent, as all components of this heartfelt and authentic film culminate to create a visionary dream that envisages a world without judgment, with music at its very core.



Stars Wars: The Last Jedi

‘We are the spark, that will light the fire that’ll burn the first order down’

-Poe Dameron-

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As the Star Wars saga grows with unequaled velocity, George Lucas finds a way to keep the ever impending doom at a distance that keeps audiences far and wide coming back for more galactic-fuelled excitement.

Death and destruction face the last of the rebel alliance in Lucas Film’s latest installment as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) must both find their balance in determining the force to fulfill their destiny.

As per usual, the special effects on offer throughout the film, leave little to the imagination, as the audience are engulfed in all things space, from a near-miss fighter jet crash to phenomenal close-ups of the Millennium Falcone.

Though many new faces make a debut, many old come to an end, as this film marks the beginning of the end for the original star wars cast, whose teachings are graciously passed on to the new generation of rebels.

‘The Last Jedi’ not only gives hope for the future of this all-consuming franchise but gives audiences a story to fall back in love with all over again, courtesy of director Rian Johnson, who puts the ‘war’ back into ‘Star Wars’.