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
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 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
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
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
Overlord is a film where if you’ve bought into the concept a bit too much, you will be disappointed.
It’s a film where it sells you on an 18-rated film that promises war, gore, and even Nazi-made zombies, but barely buys into the genre-shift enough to really enjoy it.Read More
Widows is a project that marries two brilliant creatives. After loving Steve McQueen’s two most recent films (I still haven’t seen Hunger) plus having my eyes opened to Gillian Flynn via Gone Girl, when I first read they were trying to work together on something I was filled with excitement.
What they have brought to screens is Widows, surprisingly based on an ITV production of the same name. In execution it fits perfectly in their wheelhouse, with Flynn co-writing such strong female leads, tackling all sorts of themes and throwing in all manner of nicely spooled turns expected in the heist genre.Read More
Slaughterhouse Rulez makes you feel so disappointed after going into a film not expecting much and hoping to be pleasantly surprised. It’s a feeling you’d get from say, the St Trinian’s movies. Which aren’t very good, but they are watchable and fun enough to keep you away from the feeling that you’ve wasted your time.
Slaughterhouse Rulez tries to marry St Trinian’s with Shaun of the Dead, which feels like the germ of a potentially fun romp, but in reality misses so many marks you just want either of those influences on the screen instead. Which isn’t hard when one of those intended apes is a five-star classic.Read More
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before doesn’t do much original in way of story, but makes up for it for what else goes into the construction of a damn fine rom-com.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Netflix movies are the most hit and miss productions ever (Look out for a future Cinema with CJ feature about that) so it’s always nice to get a taste of something refreshing.Read More
Oh dear. It’s not a great sign whenever you make a comedy-meets-another-genre when the other genre dominates in being more successful and the comedy isn’t successful in the slightest.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is an example of that.Read More