The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. This film is such a delight to watch.  I love pretty much everything about it – the A* cast, the mix of […]

Zootopia (2016)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. The film opens with what I can only imagine is an analogy on what human school teachers are constantly trying to preach: bullies are bad, it’s better to live in harmony, […]

Patriots Day (2016)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. The people behind docudramas always have the unenviable task of making a film engaging and gripping to an audience who already knows the plot and how it’s all going to end. Patriots Day […]

Chicago P.D.: 4×23 – Fork In The Road

🌟🌟🌟½ In the season finale, when Lindsay receives a panicked call from her mother Bunny whose boyfriend had just been shot, Lindsay must figure out the best way to approach the situation, as her mother is now a murder suspect. The case opens up when a group of high school students OD, and the drugs […]

Chicago Justice: 1×13 – Tycoon

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A crane collapses at a construction site and kills the son-in-law of wealthy real estate developer, Frank Linden. Nagel and Antonio, with the help of CFD Chief Boden discover that the collapse wasn’t actually an accident. The team digs into Linden, who has made many enemies, more dangerous friends, and is accustomed to using […]

Spotlight: Robbie Williams

Yes I’ve lived in the UK all my life.  Yes I’ve grown up with Take That and Robbie Williams on the radio.  Yes, Robbie Williams’s famous hits Angels, Rock DJ etc. etc. have been blasted at me from all directions.  No, I haven’t actually listened to a Robbie Williams album all the way through.  Yes, […]

Chicago Fire: 5×22 – My Miracle

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A dangerous warehouse fire puts truck and squad at risk. Tensions are high for Dawson and Casey when Dawson’s father overstays his welcome at their home. Meanwhile, Casey continues to fight for his first responders bill, Mouch makes a serious decision regarding his future and Herrmann goes to tremendous lengths to make a young […]

This Is Us: 1×01 – Pilot

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Randall finds his biological father; Kevin falls into a personal crisis; Kate finds herself at a low point; Rebecca goes into labor six weeks premature. I remember being in two minds as to whether I was going to give this show a go when I first saw the trailer and then decided against it […]

Spotlight: Bruce Springsteen

Over the past few weeks I’ve finally accomplished what I’ve been meaning to do for quite awhile: listen to Bruce Springsteen. Apart from the songs everyone knows, I’ve never really listened to his music and blogs are constantly telling me I am definitely missing out!  I am not Springsteen qualified enough to give each album […]

Designated Survivor: 1×21 – Brace For Impact

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Hannah Wells must stop the conspiracy from carrying out a final attack while President Kirkman authorizes a nationwide manhunt for the mastermind behind it all. Given the events of this season I was terrified which part of the government would get blown up or main character shot in this episode but as it turned […]