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
Welcome to Marwen is a tale inspired by the true story of Mark Hogancamp, whose fictional town of Marwen(col) is the stage for his photographic self-therapy in response to the PTSD from suffering a group beating outside a bar that left him without his memory.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
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
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
Ralph Breaks the Internet is the sequel to the video game cameo-filled Wreck It Ralph that tries to do one better (and also dunk on The Emoji Movie) by taking things to the Internet.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
Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us is a one-day cinema event that lacks the power it boasts in its title.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
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
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
Halloween (2018) sees the return of Michael Myers and the retcon of countless sequels (and that one reboot). Essentially the new Halloween II, who would have thought it would come from in part Danny McBride and David Gordon Green?Read More
First Man reminds us how goddamn scary space travel is and that sheer bravery and heroism that fuels the impossible being possible.
Damien Chazelle continues to be a director I very much have excitement for. From the universally acclaimed Whiplash to the divisive La La Land (I love it), Chazelle has put together a completely different beast. Music isn’t the through-line for once - though don’t think that means that Justin Hurwitz once again knocks it out of the park - but instead it’s the claustrophobic, captivating journey and motivation of Neil Armstrong towards the one thing the world knows him for.Read More