Movie reviews of Kevin Hawkins

These are all the movies and series that Kevin has reviewed. Read more at: Film Blerg.

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Long Shot

5

Long Shot doesn’t always miss the mark, but nor does it generate enough laughs or enough heart to raise itself above your standard romantic comedy. Its promising premise and likeable leads are unfortunately wasted on a clunky script that fails to read the tone of a country.

2 may

2 may

Soldiers Without Guns

6

Despite juggling a range of perspectives in presenting this complex civil war, Watson is focused in his direction and makes his contention clear.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Mid90s

Mid90s

7

These choices affirm Hill’s talents as a creative director with a strong vision, one capable of bringing the audience inside his world. And although the talents of Hedges and Stevie’s mum Dabney go somewhat underused, he knows how to get the best out of his no-name leads, who we can’t help but care for even if we don’t approve of their choices.

3 april

3 apr

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

6

The second half doesn’t justify the first half’s meandering, but at least it rewards the audience for their patience.

7 march

7 mar

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

7

It’s an unexpected masterclass in simple but effective screenwriting, proving that even the least convincing of premises can be transformed into a delightful film.

28 february

28 feb

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

7

It’s by no means as strong a piece of storytelling but few can deny that If Beale Street Could Talk is a beautifully made film with patches of excellence.

10 february

10 feb

Poster for Free Solo

Free Solo

8

A documentary that does justice to a niche subject area with precise detail, while giving the audience something deeper to reflect upon.

20 january

20 jan

Poster for Widows

Widows

7

The film’s initial focus on three widows seeking to repair their lives is enough to fuel their behaviour and the film is most compelling when McQueen dials this up.

18 november

18 nov

Poster for Boy Erased

Boy Erased

9

For the way it evokes emotion and connects you with its characters, it’s one film that should certainly capture the attention of the Oscar judges.

6 november

6 nov

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

6

These hits, and the way Malek is able to capture Mercury’s persona and eccentricities, should be enough to gloss over the film’s flaws and ensure a fun ride for anyone interested in being reminded of Queen’s musical prowess.

29 october

29 oct

Poster for Backtrack Boys

Backtrack Boys

8

It’s almost impossible not to be moved by Backtrack Boys and feel emotionally connected to the teens you meet on screen.

22 october

22 oct

Reaching Distance

6

The film might not be the most profound piece of art to deal with these topics, but it’s nevertheless an impressive effort from a debut director.

14 october

14 oct

Poster for The Cleaners

The Cleaners

7

The film’s role is evidently not to tell us who is right and who is wrong, but to open up a few doors we didn’t realise were shut.

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

8

It may not go down as an all-time noir classic, but it will grip you for as long as it holds your attention.

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English Strikes Again

6

Johnny English is no 007, let alone Austin Powers, but he’s possibly the wholesome family hero we didn’t realise we wanted back.

19 september

19 sep

Poster for China Love

China Love

7

McGuires’s diverse platter of interview subjects and perspectives should nevertheless serve as a useful conversation starter for all.

18 september

18 sep

Poster for Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud

6

Music aside, the Heart Beats Loud world is full of authentic characters whose relationships and dialogue with one another are truthful.

6 september

6 sep

Poster for The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders

4

At best, the film adds a new dimension to the tired cop genre, but fails to be much more than “Detective Film… with Puppets!”...

23 august

23 aug

Poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

5

Audiences thirsty for a taste of big-screen dinosaur action will mostly find what they’re looking for in Fallen Kingdom but for diehard fans, it’s a case of diminishing returns.

19 june

19 jun

Poster for Ideal Home

Ideal Home

3

By giving us characters so unworthy of any of our emotions, the whole film feels rather pointless.

18 june

18 jun

Poster for The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

7

Not just with a couple of fine acting performances but a moving love story that will pull at a diverse range of your heart strings.

16 june

16 jun

Poster for Hit the Road: Cambodia

Hit the Road: Cambodia

6

Deserves credit for the way it does not shy away from showing us that a wondrous holiday destination does not necessarily make a memorable holiday.

2018.05.02

2018

Poster for Ready Player One

Ready Player One

7

Spielberg is a master storyteller and the quest genre is his bread and butter.

2018.03.27

2018

Poster for The Commuter

The Commuter

5

It’s exactly what you think it will be, which should delight fans of the Taken franchise, while leaving everyone else rolling their eyes.

2018.01.18

2018

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