I, Tonya follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). The film features interviews with the characters in mockumentary-style set in the modern day, as well as fourth wall breaking.
I, Tonya is a biopic like no other. It’s entertaining with engaging performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney who plays LaVona Fay Golden, Harding’s mother. The screenplay by Steven Rogers is excellent with hilarious moments. The costumes and productions design is striking creating a working class vs elitist society.
Outrageous, wickedly funny and enjoyable biopic worth watching.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
I, Tonya is in cinemas now!
The true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), who becomes the target of an FBI investigation of the underground poker empire she runs for Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business tycoons, and the Russian mob.
An impressive directorial debut from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network). Though the movie stretches out, the writing is exceptional and the acting is superb.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Molly’s Game is in cinemas now!
Based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Stronger follows Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and must adjust to his new life.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a likeable performance and emotionally draws you in with his character. He is surrounded by a solid ensemble cast. Director David Gordon Green manages strong and touching performances from his cast.
Though predictable, Stronger is an uplifting film. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an excellent performance. Worth a look.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Stronger is in cinemas February 15
The Post depicts the true story of The Washington Post journalists and their attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.
The film features a well-rounded cast led by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Streep is a standout as conflicted owner and publisher of The Washington Post Katharine Graham who lacks confidence in her ability as a woman to lead the newspaper and overruled by more assertive men who advise or work for her.
Hanks is brilliant as The Post’s editor in chief Ben Bradlee who risks his and Katharine’s careers to expose the U.S. government secrets.
Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) directs this compelling drama about journalism and integrity. The direction is outstanding as Spielberg manages character-driven performances from his cast. The screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer is brilliantly written and draws you in from beginning to end with its excellent and well-detailed narrative.
The cinematography by Janusz Kamiński is perfectly shot with great editing by Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar accompanied by a great music score John Williams makes The Post a perfect film.
One of best films about journalism and one of my favourite movies of the award season, The Post is a must see. An intriguing story about risking your job and freedom to help bring long-buried truths to light that audiences will find entertaining and captivating.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Post is in cinemas now!
All the Money in the World depicts J. Paul Getty’s (Christopher Plummer) refusal to cooperate with the extortion demands of a group of kidnappers from the organised crime Mafia group ‘Ndrangheta, who abducted his grandson John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) in 1973.
A stellar crime thriller. Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer give stand out performances. A well-made film by director Ridley Scott (Alien).
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
All the Money in the World is in cinemas now!
Viceroy’s House tells the story of the Partition of India. In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) serves as India’s last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to its people but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet (Manish Dayal) falls for the daughter’s assistant, Alia (Huma Qureshi) and all manner of obstacles are put in their way.
Solid performances from the cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. Supporting actors Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi steal the film with their characters’ complicated romance in the backdrop of India’s transition to independence.
This is a departure for writer/director Gurinder Chadha who is known for comedy films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. Chadha has made a charming film. She’s created this upstairs/downstairs atmosphere along the points of view from Lord Mountbatten and Indians on their long-awaited independence from Britain which is fascinating to watch.
The script is well written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The cinematography by Ben Smithard is exquisite along with the editing by Victoria Boydell.
A splendid film with a superb cast, Viceroy’s House is worth a look. If you’re a fan of Gurinder Chadha, check it out.
Rating 4/5 Stars
A fictionalised account of a true story, it’s based on the 60 mins segment about Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a whistleblower in the tobacco industry covering the personal struggles of him and CBS producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress it by CBS and Wigand’s former employer.
The film has a wonderful cast. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Jeffrey Wigand is phenomenal, he gives a powerhouse performance. It’s one of Crowe’s best roles. Al Pacino is sensational as Lowell Bergman along with Christopher Plummer who portrays 60 mins host Mike Wallace.
Director Michael Mann (Heat, Manhunter) delivers a well-paced compelling film. The screenplay by Mann and Eric Roth is excellent and brilliantly written. The cinematography by Dante Spinotti is perfectly shot with great editing by William Goldenberg, Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom. These elements of what makes a perfect film.
The Insider is a brilliant film. Remarkably made with stellar performances, a flawless script and perfectly shot. It’s one of my favourite films. A must see.
Rating: 5/5 Stars