Review: Hugo


 This is why we love cinema Starring: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Jude Law Director: Martin Scorsese Screenplay: John Logan (from the book by Brian Selznick) ‘I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.’  Orphan boy Hugo Cabret lives behind the walls…

Review: The Woman in Black


Harry Potter and the Stubble of Men Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer Director: James Watkins Screenplay: Jane Goldman (from the novel by Susan Hill) ‘Please don’t go to Eel Marsh House.’ When young lawyer Arthur Kipps is sent to the remote village of Crythin Gifford to settle the affairs of recently deceased widow Alice Drablow, he discovers a township gripped by fear. After spending a night in Mrs. Drablow’s Eel Marsh House, Arthur begins to unearth the truth behind a series of apparent child suicides and attracts the attention…

Review: Drive


Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks Director: Nicolas Winding Refn “I drive.” The life and psyche of a solitary, nameless man—stunt driver for the movies by day and getaway driver for hire by nights—begin to unravel when he becomes drawn to the woman who lives next door. Ryan Gosling should be careful. If he doesn’t start making superhero movies soon, people might think he’s an actual actor and everything. Having impressed in a series of indie movies, happily skirting the borders of fame for years, Gosling seems…

Review: Grave Encounters


Starring: Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, Ashleigh Gryzko Directors: The Vicious Brothers  ”I don’t know how much longer we can last. We’re not alone in here anymore.” Paranormal investigation show, Grave Encounters, is now on its sixth episode and presenter Lance Preston and his team are locking themselves in the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital for the night. Expecting the kind of anti-climatic experience which has let the show down so far, the team find quite the opposite. I’m a big fan of the increasingly prolific ‘found footage’ genre of horror movie….

Review: Super 8


Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler Director: J.J. Abrams “She used to look at me… this way, like really look… and I just knew I was there… that I existed.” Summer, 1979, in the small town of Lillian, Ohio. While 13-year-old Joe Lamb and his friends are making a zombie movie on a Super 8 camera they witness, and barely survive, a horrific train crash. Shortly afterwards, strange things start happening in the town and Joe begins to suspect that something less than human was on that train. One…