Monday, 24 October 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil

The Zander family run a well meaning but emotionally manipulative business where they pretended to contact recently departed loved ones by staging a show (blowing out candles, doors creaking open, the usual). However, when Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) buys an Ouija board it turns out that you can contact the spiritual world as her youngest daughter, Doris (Lulu Wilson), is able to contact the dead. The family use the board to try to contact the father, but something else attaches itself to Doris. When events starting take a more serious turn, they enlist the help of Father Tom (E.T’s Henry Thomas).

Friday, 21 October 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob ‘Jake’ Portman (Asa Butterfield) is a lonely teenager in California whose closest friend is his grandfather, Abe (Terrance Stamp). For years Abe has told Jacob magical stories of his past, all of which feature monstrous beasts and peculiar yet remarkable children. These children are known as Peculiars and reside with Mrs Peregrine (Eva Green) in her home in the Welsh countryside which Abe lived several decades ago.

Monday, 17 October 2016


A few days before I watched Race I was watching a documentary about the Nazi Olympics and pondered a question ‘who is worse FIFA or the IOC?’. It says a lot about the two organizations that I didn’t include the Nazis in that question. Obviously I am being facetious but both organizations have gotten themselves involved in numerous scandals.

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960s John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven (which itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’’s The Seven Samurai), and stars Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, a warrant office and leader of The Magnificent Seven, who agrees to help a town in their fight against Bart Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Sam recruits a group of fighters which include drunken, gambler Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), war veteran Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) and exiled Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Girl on the Train

Based on the Paula Hawkins best selling novel of the same name, Emily Blunt stars as a Rachel, a divorced alcoholic who takes an interest in this seemingly perfect couple who live in a house which Rachel’s commutator train passes everyday. The couple’s tranquility is broken when Rachel spots Megan (Haley Bennett) kissing another guy. Shortly after this, Megan vanishes, and in the morning following Megan’s disappearance Rachel wakes up with a bad gash on her head. blood on her hands and without any memory of the night before. How involved was Rachel in Megan’s disappearance?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Money Monster

Five years after directing The Beaver, Jodie Foster returns to the director’s chair (she did direct two episodes of Orange is the New Black and one episode of House of Cards during this period) with a very topical financial thriller. Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a TV presenter who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, his show is hijacked at gunpoint by a down on his luck and bankrupt viewer, Kyle (Jack O’Connell), who claims that the system is rigged. The show’s director, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), must calm Kyle down in order to save Lee’s life. However, as the hostage crisis goes on it appears that there is something fishy about IBIS’s sudden loss of $800 million dollars.