North American Weekend Box Office – 26th to 28th September

The weekend estimates are in and there are two new entries in the top three.  The Maze Runner was at the top for only one week as The Equalizer went straight into the top spot with takings of $35m.  Added to worldwide takings of $17.2m the film is well on its way to recouping its…

The Equalizer (2014) Review – Classic Revenge Thriller

The Equalizer is directed by Antoine Fuqua who has a long tradition in directing gritty thrillers and whose output includes Shooter (2007), Tears of The Sun (2003) and The Replacement Killers (1998).  The film draws upon a script by Richard Wenk who in the past has written The Mechanic (2011) and 16 Blocks (2006).  In…

Thanks For The Comments

First and apology and now a big thank you to the WordPress community.  I’ve only been online for a couple of months now with my blog but thanks to those who have signed up to follow my blog and have taken the time to read my reviews. It’s taken a while to bed down as…

UK Weekend Box Office – 19th – 21st September 2014

First the good news.  The Box Trolls spent a second week at the top of the UK cinema chart after a weekend gross of £1.33m.  In a good sign for film fans everywhere it beat out the limp wristed A Walk Among The Tombstones that opened at number two with £1.31m. Now for the bad…

The Riot Club (2014) Review – A Bit of a Pussy Cat

The Riot Club is directed by Lone Scherfig is a graduate of the Danish Film school and was responsible for One Day (2011) which starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.  Her filmography to date has focused on coming of age tales and this film fits the resume.  The film is based on a play called…

UK New Film Releases – Weekend of 26th September

There are only two films worth mentioning this week.  The main release sees the hard-man Denzel Washington returning to the screen with what presumably is going to be another variation of the Man on Fire (2004) / Safe House (2012) scenario.  In this case he’s going to be the good guy, a man trying to…

North American Weekend Box Office – September 19th to 21st

Yet another teen flick has hit the top of the North American charts as The Maze Runner debuted with a weekend gross of $32.5m.  Prepare for the sequel to arrive (there is a trilogy of books) within 2 years. The film beat out A Walk Among The Tombstones which managed a miserly $12.7m.  If you’ve…

The Giver (2014) Review – Enjoyed The Ambition of This Film

The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce who has a solid back catalogue with films such as Salt (2010), The Quiet American (2002) and The Bone Collector (1999).  Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide are responsible for the screenplay.  This is Mitnick’s first writing credit while Weide has a background in writing for documentaries. The…

The Guest (2014) Review – Not as Well Behaved as You’d Think

The Guest is directed by Adam Wingard and is based on a script written by Simon Barrett.  The pairing also worked together on the horror / thriller You’re Next (2011).  Unusually for a film nowadays it doesn’t appear to be based on a book and it’s not a sequel.  Makes you wonder if the film…