Sian

Sian's love for movies spawned from having a tight mother whose generosity stretched only to hiring movies once a week for entertainment. As a pre-teen Sian spent more pocket money then she earned on cinema tickets and thus sought a job at the cinema. Over the next decade she rose to be one of the greats in her backwater, six-screen cinema complex, zooming through the ranks from candy bar wench with upselling superpowers, to pasty projectionist, to a manager rocking a pencil skirt. Sian went on to study Journalism at university though feels her popcorn shovelling days were far more educational

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The Little Things Review

Serial killer crime thrillers. These films are a dime a dozen. So what does John Lee Hancock’s new offering, THE LITTLE THINGS, contribute to the genre? Read on to find out… The synopsis may sound familiar: A serial killer preys on beautiful young women. An obsessive, washed up detective with a mysterious personal investment in the case takes it upon himself to do all he can to help th...

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A Christmas Gift from Bob Review

Had “Bob” been a dog, I would have been first in line to see this flick. However, Bob being a cat, meant the film inspired a little less pre-viewing excitement in me. Hang on! Put down the knives cat ladies; I’m no feline-hater! But they just don’t stir the same warm and fuzzies in me that a pooch does…perhaps it’s the fact that I can’t seem to pat any cat...

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Honest Thief Review

At 68 years old, Liam Neeson is one lucky bugger to still draw audiences as an “action hero”. Despite his [gracefully] advancing years, he still manages to pull it off with a certain silver style – be it thanks to a great personal trainer, creative editing or a rash of stunt doubles (probably all of the above!) After stating publicly that COLD PURSUIT (2019) would be his last act...

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Made in Italy Review

Pasta and Liam Neeson? Don’t mind if I do… As a lover of pasta and of Liam Neeson, I “dibbed” tickets to MADE IN ITALY despite my usual indifference to romcoms. I was also keen to watch a new release – as there’s only so much COVID Netflix binging one can endure… MADE IN ITALY is a formulaic flick following an alternative artist, Robert (Liam Neeson), and ...

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The Lion King Review

While Disney’s decision to remake its classic animations as “live-action” flicks may be criticised as a lazy money making venture, I admit I’ve been super excited to revisit my favourite childhood films. Us 90’s kids have had to be flexible; there have been modifications to our beloved movies. Some changes have pleased, others peeved, but all offer interesting insight...

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Toy Story 4 Review

Nine years after we blubbered bittersweet tears at the near-perfect “conclusion” to the TOY STORY saga, we are given an extra instalment. Necessary? Not really. Enjoyable? Read on to find out… In a lovely opening montage, we recap the ever-loyal Woody’s transition from his beloved Andy to his new “kid” Bonnie. Woody may be just as loyal, but he has fallen from the lofty favourite toy status ...

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Velvet Buzzsaw Review

Many artists pour their soul in to their creations…what if these souls could bite back? Satire meets the supernatural in VELVET BUZZSAW – a welcome reunion of writer/director Dan Gilroy and actor Jake Gyllenhaal after the electric NIGHTCRAWLER (2014). Released by Netflix, BUZZSAW is available on member’s screens now. Fans of NIGHTCRAWLER may have been surprised upon seeing the BU...

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Christopher Robin Review

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” just one of the many wise quotes from everyone’s favourite bear-of-little-brain, Winnie the Pooh. His latest film, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, does just that: Fill your heart. What HOOK did for young-at-heart grown ups in 1991, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is doing for adults of 2018. The flick offers a nostalgic and fantastical cinematic outing that ...

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Early Man Review

In the current day of snappy computer programs whipping out sophisticated effects in a flash, it’s endearing to see studios such as Aardman stubbornly persevering with stop frame animation. With each animator labouring all day to complete a mere 3 to 4 seconds of footage by knock-off time, I can’t help but take my hat off to them…even if the finished product is a little underwhelming. Set at the d...

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The Post Review

Oh, how very different the worlds news was prior to the internet! Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up again  – that’s five times now – to bring us political drama THE POST…oh yeah, did I mention it also stars Meryl Streep? Talk about a power house trio! When documents revealing a Government cover up that spanned four U.S Presidents fall in to the hands of the press, the ...

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Pitch Perfect 3 Review

Omne trium perfectum. Loosely translated: Good things come in threes. Um, well, “aca-scuse me” but I may have evidence to suggest otherwise. Cashing in on the box office success of the first two flicks, PITCH PERFECT 3 revisits the beloved Bellas post-college as they struggle to make a mark on the real world. After the heights of winning the World Acapella Championships, they’ve ...

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The Greatest Showman Review

This time last year, LA LA LAND took the world by storm. Despite its niche jazz undertones, it enjoyed wide critical and box office success, suggesting live-action original musicals (that aren’t aimed at children) may still have a market. 2017’s holiday musical offering, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, isn’t quite as bold or adventurous, but it’s still an admirable addition to the mo...