Instant Family comes to us from the director of Daddy’s Home, and if you recoiled from that then you’re onto something. That’s not to poo poo all of Sean Anders’ filmography, he wrote Hot Tub Time Machine...and...okay, yeah, he has a far from stellar filmography other than that.Read More
Mary Queen of Scots may or may not be historically inaccurate, but it is definitely in need of work.Read More
Glass is M. Night Shyamalan bringing together two of his separate movie universes under one supposed trilogy, somehow making Unbreakable and Split legibly into one world.Read More
The Upside is a remake of a French film I’ve been meaning to see, that’s also based on a true story. It’s also known for a bit of casting controversy, having able-bodied Bryan Cranston play a quadriplegic billionaire, but without broaching that discussion handled much better than people more informed than I, I’ll continue to just look at the face value of this movie.Read More
Colette is a film that struggles to find itself and once it finally does, it’s where it should have been all along.Read More
The Front Runner is one of those movies you go in blind and then it surprises you. I went in knowing nothing about The Front Runner, and then discovered that it’s directed by Jason Reitman. I also discovered that it’s very, very bland.Read More
The Favourite is my first Yorgos Lanthimos movie, and to my knowledge it’s his more accessible movie to date. I absolutely understand this and I’m glad I knew this going into it. Because The Favourite is very, very good, but it’s gonna be a tough sell for many. I can thankfully say I am now prepared to take the plunge into his other work.Read More
Holmes and Watson does not offer high hopes going into it. The film currently sits at 6% on Rotten Tomatoes and at one point had the dreadful honour of being completely at 0%.Read More
Stan & Ollie is a snapshot of a period of time in Laurel and Hardy’s career I had no idea about - their touring of Great Britain at the tail end of their careers working together.Read More
Spider-Man (2002) is your older brother’s Spider-Man movie, and it’s funny how it well it still holds up compared to the several other interpretations in the 17 years since.Read More
Bumblebee proves that - much like Stranger Things - you can still make a classic 80s film where a mysterious endearing friend our heroes meet is chased down by the authorities while something else sinister is out there, and it’s the mysterious being (and our heroes) that are the only things that can stop them and save the world.Read More
Aquaman is the Nicholas Cage of superhero movies. Wild, unpredictable, off-beat, all over the board, crazy, funny, entertaining, and you’ll never really know if it’s bad or good.Read More
Sorry to Bother You is unlike anything I’ve really seen before. That’s a statement that can be overused or undersold, but Sorry to Bother You is legitimately one of the most original and resonant voices in film I’ve seen in western cinema lately.Read More
Mortal Engines is Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens writing an adaptation of the first of a book series turned into a massive sprawling special effects frenzy. Unlike Lord of the Rings, however, the thing this movie lacks is story and character.Read More
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse makes you aware pretty early on you’re in for something special. The curious project long in development unsure of where it sits in Spider-Man canon makes it known that it is the Spider-Man canon.Read More
Creed II somehow legitimises the most cartoonish (and admittedly/embarrassingly my favourite) Rocky movie - Rocky IV - and brings it into the grounded world of this new Creed franchise. It works.
Even when other things do not.Read More
Robin Hood (2018) continues the long tradition of blockbuster remakes with millennial-aimed takes that also lead into potential franchise origins. It also continues the tradition of that absolutely falling on its arse.Read More
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t quite the disaster it sounded it was going to be after finally watching it, but soon into watching it you can definitely see why this weak sequel doesn’t bode well for this probably consistently weak spin-off franchise.Read More
Assassination Nation will be someone’s favourite movie and I fear the day I meet them.
It’s a film that sets itself up to be another Spring Breakers (itself very divisive but personally a solid flick) and then slowly then suddenly falls into the realm of unlikable celluloid.Read More
The Grinch (2018) is another generation’s interpretation of the classic Dr Seuss tale, this time bringing it into the world of CG animation via, sigh, Illumination Entertainment.
Benedict Cumberbatch takes his own crack at the lead role and as always, he has big shoes to fill. He does it competently but certainly not iconically, while also surrounded by a supporting cast of other great voices (including the always welcomed Kenan Thompson)Read More