Claire Bueno

American Animals • Chicks at the Flicks review

American Animals: The balance between documentary and narrative paints the perfect picture in this absorbing, bold, skilfully made, arresting heist movie. When the film opens we are presented with a statement: This is not based on a true story. As ‘not based on’ dissolves off the screen, it reveals a…

The Children Act • Chicks at the Flicks Film Review

The Children Act ensures that exemplary storytelling is safeguarded and its welfare promoted. Inspired by an evening spent in the company of Sir Alan Ward and his esteemed colleagues, novelist Ian McEwan (Atonement, On Chesil Beach) was opportunistically exposed to the written accounts of appeal court judge’s own judgements, which…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • The Mercy

The Mercy “Dreams are the seeds of action,” says inventor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth). A man who dreamt; and a man who courageously set sail solo, endeavouring to circumnavigate to globe. Having accomplished designing and fabricating a radio direction finding device, called the Navicator, Donald Crowhurst is in need of…

Mission Impossible Fallout • Chicks at the Flicks Film Review

The ultimate action actor Tom Cruise, plays the ultimate action hero as he returns for the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “I feel the need, the need for speed,” a famous line of Maverick’s (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun. Well, life has certainly imitated…

The Happy Prince • Chicks at the Flicks Film Review

After ten year labour of love Rupert Everett writes, directs and embodies Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince,the little known story of the last two years of disgraced poet and playwright’s life. At one time in his life Oscar Wilde had the world at his feet, he was the most…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • McQueen

McQueen is an enlightening documentary about the fashion designer Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen, the tailor of humble beginnings, who literally wore his heart on his sleeve. It’s the thing of dreams. An East End boy with a love of drawing clothes, son of a taxi driver and one of six siblings, who…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow The Russians, in an attempt to outwit the Americans, send their most resourceful intelligence agent to use her powers of sexual seduction, to lure a CIA operative into disclosing the name, of their double agent. Prima ballerinaesque Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced into early retirement, having maliciously…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • I,Tonya

When screenwriter Steven Rogers visited Portland to interview separately, ex-figure skater Tonya Harding, and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly he could never have anticipated two more contrasting versions of their bizarre story. One which eventually lead, to their criminal convictions. This story, was screenwriting gold! Harding was the first woman to…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • Early Man

When Nick Park pitched his idea of Early Man, he described it as ‘Gladiator meets Dodgeball’, and that perfectly describes this latest Aardman Animation.  It’s about tenacity, hope, belief. The underdog never giving up without a fight, no matter how enormous the odds. It’s about the humbleness of Stone Age,…

Chicks at the Flicks Film Review • The Post

Ten months ago, in the midst of shooting Ready Player One, producer Kristie Macosko Krieger presented Steven Spielberg with a script: The Post. Finding the story too compelling, too relevant and too important to resist, it was vital to tell this crucial story of journalistic history; and tell it now….