Sunday 19 February 2017

Movie Show movie reviews: Big Game, Top Five, Girlhood, Spooks: The Greater Good

Published 07/05/2015 | 08:00

The Independent film critic Paul Whitington and Ross O'Neill of FilmFixx join Aoife Kelly in studio to talk about this week's big releases.

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First up it's Big Game, starring Samuel L Jackson as the President of the United States who is double-crossed during a flight and ends up traversing the mountains of Finland with a young local hunter.

Chris Rock in Top Five
Chris Rock in Top Five

It's far more enjoyable than it has any right to be with Jackson relishing the role, an irreverent tone, and ridiculous action.  One for the 'lads and dads' as Ross says.

Top Five gets another big thumbs up from both Paul and Ross.  Written and directed by Chris Rock it's very Woody Allen-esque.  Rock plays a former action star who decides to direct a movie, which is horrendous.  It's clever, and laugh-out-loud funny.


Girlhood is a fantastic French film about a 16-year-old black girl who joins a gang in the Parisian suburbs and develops strong bonds with her fellow gang members.  Starring four unknown young actresses it's powerful, visceral and affecting.

Finally, TV series Spooks gets a big screen outing in Spooks: The Greater Good.  Although it stars Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame, Paul reckons not even the biggest Harington fans will find it worthwhile. 

Spooks: The Greater Good
Spooks: The Greater Good

Check out the full reviews above.

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