The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King (2019)

Jon Favreau swings from one directorial jungle to the next, or rather, savannah, in his second Disney remake, The Lion King, and does it with the brute strength of technological ambition but I’m afraid it’s at the shallow end of the emotional pool. That “shiny...
Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

What do you get when you cross race and religion with rock ‘n’ roll? A memoir published by British Journalist, Sarfraz Manzoor about just that. And ‘Blinded by the Light’ is a film adapted by just that, with multilayered moral messages. ‘Greetings from Bury Park’ was...
Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 is a story about toys. Yes, that’s literally what the fourth film brings to the familiar franchise – with a refreshing take on a time-honoured Pixar perfect classic.  While the trilogy saw Woody, Buzz and the gang unified and unperturbed by...
Aladdin (2019)

Aladdin (2019)

Aladdin is the latest in Disney’s litany of live-action remakes inspired by their most adored animated classics. Its makeover is modernised, magical but mediocre in parts.  To start with the most crucial – casting the voice of Genie was probably no easy feat for...
Stan and Ollie

Stan and Ollie

Stan and Ollie is an essential and touching tribute to the incontestable comedy duo of the early Classical Hollywood era, more affectionately known as ‘Laurel and Hardy’, inspired by documents from author A. J. Marriot. With only few films in his repertoire, Scottish...
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

That moment when Director, Martin McDonagh was on a bus traversing one of the Southern States of America 18 years ago, saw a couple of a billboards with cryptic messages, got inspired et voila – Oscar 2018 contender. Following the success of In Bruges (2008) and Seven...