The Magnificent Seven: not at all magnificent, and not really seven, either

Remake a classic by all means, but if you’re going to remake a much-loved, classic western like The Magnificent Seven, itself a remake of Kurosawa Akira’s 1954 classic 七人の侍 (Shichinin no Samurai, The Seven Samurai), then you need to bring something very…

The Secret Life Of Pets: not the film it could — or should — have been

The Secret Life Of Pets has enormous potential. Its central conceit, at least as depicted in trailers, is something along the lines of Toy Story for domestic animals; the quality of the animation is outstanding; the voice talent is top-notch.…

Crave! episode 25: Nerve, Sausage Party, Sully, Chasing Great and Tim Booth from James

Chasing Great

It’s the twenty-fifth episode of Crave!, and Steve and Simon have spent a lot of time at the cinema this week. They’ve both seen Nerve, the new social-media thriller that’s split their opinions a little. Sausage Party managed to both…

Sully: a high-flyer of a film about a flight that barely got off the ground

Sully

Americans love a good hero, and so the treatment Captain Chesley B Sullenburger — Sully to pretty much the entire world after he landed the Airbus A320 he was flying in New York’s Hudson River after it lost both its engines…

Sully: Can a good news story enthral? Yes it can.

It’s in the faces of the New Yorkers who look out the window and see an airliner descending over the cityscape. It’s in the voice of the air traffic controller talking to the pilot. Most of all, it’s in the…

Sausage Party: wrong, for all the right reasons

Sausage Party

Making an animated feature that the parents will enjoy as much as the children will has always been a challenge. Directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon don’t even bother trying to strike that balance in Sausage Party — this one’s…

Nerve: are you a Watcher or a Player? Me, I’m a Watcher.

Nerve

Nerve is 90 minutes of engagingly tense and sharp thriller. The problem is that it’s a 96-minute film. The film tells the story of the splendidly-named Venus “Vee” Delmonico (Emma Roberts), a slightly shy high-school girl from Staten Island who…