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Film Journalist, Director, Screenwriter, and Editor in Chief. Marketing Manager of Ritzy Picturehouse She'll excessively talk about Filth, how James McAvoy is the best actor of our generation, and how much she loves drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova.

God’s Not Dead 2 – Review

Faith. We all have it in different forms. Whether you are an atheist or a devote Christian, it’s OK to believe in something (or not) bigger than the human species and the world we know. Dig deep into the most ancient of religions, you’ll find that what beats all of them is hope and love – the kind of sense that all the bad stuff happens for a reason and there is a life beyond death has kept us warm in many ways.

It’s OK to explore your faith in films and art. What it is not ok to do is to use a film to shove your own thesis down the throats of everyone who’ll listen.

Following on from the wildly awful God’s Not Dead (which saw a Christian and an Athiest science man fight it out until Christianity won,) God’s Not Dead 2 revolves around Grace (because that’s the most obvious name she can be called beyond Faith), a schoolteacher who quotes biblical verses during an innocuous class. The big bad men on the schoolboard tell her that it is against the law to do so but Grace refuses to apologise, taking this all the way to court where a big bad lawyer tries to tell her she’s in the wrong. It’s up to Melissa Joan Hart’s quivering chin and pout to save the day!

The film’s premise could’ve opened up a deep theological debate about the separation of church and state. It could’ve kindly put forward the idea that despite different faiths, denominations, and religions, the core message is of love and acceptance. It could’ve used the Christian Faith as it should’ve be: To open up dialogue about generosity, care, and that having faith is actually OK, if you use it for the benefit of the world and humanity. You know. The kind of Christianity that isn’t based off Trump’s electoral speeches.

Instead, this insipid drama that really belongs on a Lifetime Channel for bible-bashers shoves the idea that Christians in the US of A are the most persecuted people on this planet. By demonising the lawyer and the school board who try to abide by the law “state and religion should be separate,” God’s Not Dead 2 feels like a sucker-punch of overzealous religious propaganda to your face rather than an inspiration message of love and kindness. It is much more detrimental to Christianity than anything and makes Melissa Joan Hart’s Grace an even more insufferable Kim Davies, fighting for the right to say and do all kinds of shit. They are people every day, dying for no good reasons but apparently, this stuff is good enough for Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Jesse Metcalfe to take to court.

The fact of the matter that God’s Not Dead 2 doesn’t get is that the separation of church and state makes a lot of sense and challenging that because a teacher hammers her Christianity to her students is a big bag of Jesus dicks in the face of science and forward thinking progress as well as people from other religious backgrounds. No one is saying that you cannot spout your beliefs but when you are in a position of influence and change historical figures to support your religion (for example, Gandhi was Hindu against Britain’s colonisation of India) then you are being a bit of a douche and not exerting your rights as a Christian…


Tulip Fever – Brand New Trailer!

Alicia Vikander has done the whole “married into a loveless marriage and choses to cheat on her husband with someone else” thing before. And it didn’t end well. Then again, Alicia Vikander is in every single movie ever so she’s probably done ever plot that goes around. It’s just come full circle.

The film revolves around Sophie who is set to marry Cornelis Zandvoort, a successful merchant because she is told it will improve her life. However, unhappy at being wed to an older man, she finds herself drawn to an artist and looks to escape with him.

The film looks good and also stars Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan. Have a guess who is the villainous husband in all of this? Yes that’s right! Further typecast into his usual roles, it is a little disappointing to see him tackle this too. It could be good though.  Directed by Justin Chadwick and written by Shakespeare in Love’s Tom Stoppard, this could be amazing!

Tulip Fever is out July 15th

Captain Fantastic – Brand New Trailer!

There are plenty of weird families out there. Well, perceived weird families. After all, the collection of loved ones that we have around us have are a bunch of weirdoes anyway, so how can we judge colourful, vibrant, and surreal families, living in love and harmony?

That’s the point of this brand new film Captain Fantastic.

The film revolves around a family who live in the forest, isolated from society where a devoted father transforms his six children into extraordinary adults. However, when tragedy strikes, he must integrate them with the outside world.

With sentiments like Little Miss Sunshine and Moonrise Kingdom, the movie has been heralded as one of the most upbeat and emotional movies of the summer. Also, Viggo Mortenson is one of our greatest actors so it’s great to see him in a role that he can probably utilise.

Captain Fantastic is out 16th September 

X-Men: Apocalypse – Brand New Clip!

We are all in the throes of Civil War mayhem. The third Captain America film has us soiling our star-spangled underwear as the apparent “greatest Marvel movie eva #winning” sells out screens this weekend. But it is good to remember that there are more superhero movies on their way. Including X-Men: Apocalypse!

After the events of Days of Future Past, there is something stirring within the mutant community. Worshipped as a god since his birth, Apocalypse hunts down powerful mutants to become immortal and invincible. Recruiting more mutants to his fold, including the heartbroken Magneto (after leaving Charles and walking this world alone,) the fate of the world is left in the hands of Raven, Professor X and the young X-Men.

In this latest clip, Moira from First Class is back and Xavier talking about their new threat – Apocalypse. With the world in more danger than it ever has been, can the X-Men survive this threat?

X-Men: Apocalypse is out May 18th