May 232016


Alice Through the Looking Glass picks up three years after the events in Alice in Wonderland. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the last 3 years on the high seas, exploring the world in the same way her father did before her. She returns to London to find her mother in a financial bind, and her standing in society very much changed. Just when she is about to lose hope, she spots the blue butterfly Absolem (Alan Rickman) who leads her to a magical mirror back to Wonderland.
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Jan 052015


Chris Pine, as he shouts “Agony!” off a waterfall in one of the film’s funniest sequences, perfectly sums up how I felt about the bafflingly erratic Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-directed (Oscar-winner Chicago and the awful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) adaptation of James Lupine and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

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Apr 282014


Matthew Pejkovic and I have been friends and critic colleagues for a couple of years now, so I was rather chuffed when he asked if I would appear on his MMR podcast. Our topic was Transcendence and all things Johnny Depp. I liked the film more than Matt, and I really enjoyed chatting with him about it. One thing we did agree on was that Depp really gives a nothing performance. In light of this film and his last few performances Matt asked, Is Depp still cool? What could he do next to inject some life back into his career?

Listen to the podcast here.