FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Steve Carr, 2016)

It can be so heartening to see the quality of films on offer for the younger audience. On the animation front they’re spoilt for choice, with Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation and Illumination Entertainment all providing top quality choices. And recently we were treated to one of the great teen films of this generation with The Edge of Seventeen. But for every gem, there are usually multiple piles of steaming crap. Unfortunately, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life falls into the latter category. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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THE CLAIRESTBEAREST AWARDS a.k.a. A Very Subjective Best of 2016 in Cinema

It’s time for the annual (but not really seeing as I didn’t do it last year) clairestbearest awards. Entirely subjective of course, and I didn’t see everything but nevertheless, here goes: Continue reading THE CLAIRESTBEAREST AWARDS a.k.a. A Very Subjective Best of 2016 in Cinema

FILM REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig, 2016)

Teen films are often guilty pleasures. They tend to tick the boxes of every cliché, and while they often have an audience willing to eat them all up, they are rarely critically acclaimed. Occasionally there are exceptions; Tina Fey’s Mean Girls – based on the parenting book, Queen Bees and Wannabes – tore down the very real destructive girl clans that exist in every school; 2013’s The Spectacular Now focused on the misery behind the bravado of a popular guy and the influence of parenting on emotional development. Now we have another to rival them all with The Edge of Seventeen. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

FILM REVIEW: Moana

Moana (Ron Clements & John Musker, 2016)

Just when you thought your kid might have stopped singing ‘Let it Go’ for five minutes, along comes another Disney princess film with another killer soundtrack. Brace yourselves for ‘How Far I’ll Go’ which is repetitive enough in its own three minute version (and its reprise – there’s no escape). But you’ll secretly love it right? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Moana

FILM REVIEW: Sing

Sing (Christophe Lourdelet & Garth Jennings, 2016)

Rounding out a fantastic year in children’s animation, Sing cashes in on the talent show theme, delivering yet another win for Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets). Dreams are realised, careers are made, and the question remains: why is Matthew McConaughey playing a koala? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Sing

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

This week’s Short ‘n’ Sweet includes a big franchise film, a wannabe Oscar contender and a French delight. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Nocturnal Animals, The Founder & Office Christmas Party

A few more November/December releases get their short ‘n’ sweetness treatment below. The first two are still in cinemas but probably not for much longer so get on it! I’m not sure about the last but it’s not worth seeing anyway and the time for Christmas movies has come and gone.  Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Nocturnal Animals, The Founder & Office Christmas Party