The Front Row

Film reviews and essays

Death Note

It's not just an ordinary notebook, a notebook that can kill anyone simply from knowing that persons name and face, and simply writing their name into the book.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

For myself personally The Hobbit is a film that I’ve been waiting for all year as I’m sure it was for many other fans of Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy and not only was I excited to return to middle earth once again, but to see it all in HFR.


James Bond mission requires him to chase down those who have stolen a computer hard drive containing details and identities of British undercover agents.

All Good Things

The film begins as what seems as a love story which takes a steady turn into a remotely dramatic thriller with the element of being based on true events.


Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) sells out her friends to become part of her high schools popular clique.


Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio that bought our cinema screens ‘Tangled’ and ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ return with another stunning, amusing and exciting adventure

Storage 24

Johannes Roberts, who exactly is he? I think the majority of people who know his most recent film Storage 24 probably watched the film for the leading role Noel Clark rather than it actually being a Johannes Roberts film.

The Dark Knight Rises

After enjoying The Dark Knight mainly for Heath Ledgers performance but also for the refreshingly dark narrative of the film, I had fairly high hopes for The Dark Knight Rises. 

John Carter

Knowing that Andrew Stanton who played a huge part in many Pixar films makes the fact that this film was so terrible all the more disappointing. The story had potential and with Stanton on board why did it go wrong?


REC follows a television reporter named Angela and her cameraman Pablo who are covering a shift at a local fire station for a documentary when the fire station receives a phone call about a trapped woman.


In 1979 six American officials escape from the US embassy in Tehran as it were taken over by a mob who kept the remaining officials hostage.

L: Change The World

L: Change The World is a spin off film from the successful Japanese Death Note series.


Most who are reading this and know Richard Ayoade probably know him from The IT Crowd. Well Submarine is Ayoade’s debut in filmmaking.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl raced to the top of the box office in the opening weekend. Suited for adult and what would assumably be predominantly female audiences, Gone Girl edged over other releases that weekend. 

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies follows the lonely thoughts of R(Nicholas Hoult) the one lettered named zombie who begins to come alive again when he meets human Julie(Teresa Palmer) who instantly sparks something in R after he kills and eats her dead boyfriends brains.

Never Let Me Go

The entire cast bring the film to life when the film is so sorrowfully about death

Django Unchained

Tarantino is known for his somewhat dark story lines which contrast with the humorous dialogue and again he returns with another film Django Unchained which is exactly that.

My Summer of Love

Based on the novel by the same name, My Summer Of Love explores a relationship between two young women who come from opposite social class backgrounds.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows follows cursed vampire Barnabas Collins when he is accidentally freed from his coffin by construction workers.

Wreck-It Ralph

Disney brings us another charming animation that follows characters inside an arcade world. Similar to Toy Story, these characters come to life when the arcade closes and thats when Ralph’s adventure begins.

Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats)

Heartbeats tells a story of two best friends Francis(performed by the director himself Xavier Dolan) and Maria(Monia Chokri) whose friendship is tested when they meet Nicolas(Niels Schneider) who they both have feelings for.


Christopher Nolan, the director best know for The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010), enlightens our screens with the sci-fi, adventure Interstellar, which might arguably be one of the greatest cinematic experiences of the year; Interstellar.


This is dedicated to those who get upset only over a stomped-upon bed of lettuce.

Spring Breakers

From the director of Gummo (1997) comes Spring Breakers, bringing an authorial style to a film that appears to have an artistic mask over a feature film.

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro is a simple film but a delightfully warm, charming, fuzzy film. Did I just call a film fuzzy? Well that’s exactly what My Neighbor Totoro is.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Energetic, clumsy Makoto crashes into a moving train after her bike breaks fail her and dies… or at least that’s what should have happened. A few moments later she finds herself alive and in the past and realizes she can time leap.


John Bennett was a lonely child who made a wish that his bear would come to life, and this being a movie; it did.


The prequel to Alien has its own story and its own characters ready for a new generation of those who love sci-fi.

5 Centimeters Per Second

Shinkai has entered the world of animation and film making, and returns again with another masterpiece; 5 Centimeters Per Second.


Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student transfers to a German prestigious dance academy to pursue her craft as a dancer. Not long after her arrival Suzy begins to suspect that something terrible is occurring within the academy.

© Charlotte Morris 2019