Hunter Killer Review

It’s unlikely anyone will wander into a screening of Hunter Killer without knowing what they’re in for. There’s a lot of silliness to love here – delightfully stereotypical storyline, smoulderingly sincere monologues, lots of intense eye contact – but Hunter Killer doesn’t always seem to know it’s silly.There’s a lot of shouting and some genuinely exciting action sequences, but there’s a lack of wry self-awareness, which in combination with the over-the-top theatrics can make for some heavy vie

Mary Poppins Returns

A splendid choice for a family afternoon at the cinema, this is an eminently likeable and delightfully nostalgic piece of cinema. Blunt is marvellous in the lead role, switching up her usual dramatic performances for a show of incredible musical talent. Mary Poppins arrives in customary fashion just in time to step in as Michael repeats his father’s mistakes and begins to lovingly neglect his kids. What follows is the expected blend of playful sternness, whimsical animated scenes and plenty of

Bumblebee

One of the film’s strengths, is that there’s a manageable amount of bots and villains and heroes to get to know; it’s very much ‘less is more’ The action starts roughly twenty years before the events of Transformers. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) is dealing with her father’s death, but before long manages to secure a sweet ’67 Beetle. It won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone that the car actually turns out to be much more than just a car; it’s actually an Autobot who’s at first named B-1287,

Creed II

It might not be a total knockout, but Creed II certainly goes the distance As with any given Rocky franchise film, the ostensible core of the thing is inspiring training montages and full-blooded fight scenes; though the real beating heart of the film can be found at home, as Adonis and Bianca navigate their relationship.In fact, Creed II’s willingness to bound wholeheartedly into the Rocky mindset – all raw eggs and punching bag montages – means that some of the most compelling elements of the

Robin Hood

The idea was Robin Hood for the modern filmgoer, but the result is an action movie with no excitement, a love story with little romance and an historical epic that’s no more epic than it is historical. The title of this film doesn’t really leave much to the imagination. It’s another one of those ‘why though?’ moments that seem to be becoming increasingly frequent in modern filmmaking. Robin Hood is, clearly, a pretty old tale – and it’s not even new or under-developed in cinema; Robin of Loxley

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Undoubtedly one of the most influential, famous and unique music acts of all time, it seems about time Queen would be given the big-screen treatment. The lead performance is far and away the highlight of the film. Rightfully, the effervescent and truly larger-than-life leading man Freddie Mercury is the star in this film, which sparked controversies even ahead of its release. Taken over by Dexter Fletcher after the departure in disgrace of Bryan Singer, the film’s trailer focussed on Queen’s f

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The casting of both Black and Blanchett is perfect, an instance of real life magic; this is a surprising but note-perfect pairing. The casting of both Black and Blanchett is perfect, an instance of real life magic; this is a surprising but note-perfect pairing. In fact, any scene with Blanchett is a highlight, and Zimmerman’s fantastic wardrobe is the perfect foil for the actress’ endless charm. Black, too, is his usual eccentric, effervescent self, and once again proves the perfect man for the

Where Was Crazy Rich Asians Filmed?

Set to be one of the hottest releases of the year, Crazy Rich Asians hits the big screen from 14 September. Following Chinese-American Rachel (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to Singapore for a family wedding, the film takes in the dazzling beauty of Singapore and Malaysia. The film is already historic, being the first mainstream Hollywood release with an all-Asian cast for two decades, and is sure to top many ‘Best of 2018’ lists.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Like everyone after a breakup, the film seems to go through a bit of an identity crisis. The problems arise when it seems as though writers David Iserson and Susanna Fogel (who also directs) run out of jokes, and storyline. No one would accuse Melissa McCarthy’s Spy (2015) of being a masterclass in narrative, but the plot here seems very much on the wafer side of thin. The only way you won’t guess pretty much every twist and turn in the plot is if you’ve literally never seen a spy/espionage mov

Christopher Robin

Pooh, Tigger and pals are back – with a brand new CGI look and a grown-up Christopher Robin to boot. This is clearly a film that deals with some big emotions Christopher Robin follows some pretty well-trod footsteps; it comes in the wake of Disney live action/CGI films like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, it’s hot on the heels of Paddington 2 for the title of most beloved big-screen bear, and of course it’s bringing truly universally beloved children’s characters back.Christopher Rob

Hotel Artemis

It’s worth checking in to the hotel to check it out. This hotel’s guest list is certainly star-studded, and the cast, many of whom deliver excellent performances (unsurprisingly Goldblum and Foster are real highpoints), is one of the major plus points for the film.When things really should be kicking into gear in the final third, however, the film runs out of momentum. The stakes don’t seem high enough, and there’s not enough tension to carry the film home on a high. Some of the payoffs towards

Adrift

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin are all at sea in this maritime thriller that’s based on a harrowing true story. Don’t be tempted to Google the real-life events that inspired this film before you watch it. The vast, unknowable ocean has long been one of cinema’s most beloved locales. Sometimes, it contains wonders. Sometimes, it contains answers. Sometimes, it’s the passage to freedom. And sometimes, it’s a bloody great body of freezing cold water that’s just full of endless peril.It’s 1983,

Ocean's 8

It’s a really entertaining blockbuster just perfect for summer. Hathaway is outstanding, lampooning the airhead-actress stereotype with aplomb (in fact, the real heist might be Hathaway stealing the film from under her famous co-stars’ noses). All the performances are excellent, and there’s something undeniably joyful about seeing a film that’s about female friendship, and women just plain getting the job done. That said, Kaling, Awkwafina and Rihanna are all noticeably underused, and despite l

Tully

If you last saw Charlize Theron with one arm driving through the desert hell-bent on rescuing a group of imprisoned women, you’ll be in for a shock when you tune in to Tully. Marlo’s brother Craig (Mark Duplass), like us, can see where all this is headed. Sensing his sister is teetering on the precipice of a breakdown, he announces that he has hired the services of Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a young all-singing all-dancing Supernanny-type. Marlo is none too pleased – this is another condescending

A Wrinkle in Time

There are some Black Mirror meets Disney Channel scenes that are excellently creepy, followed up with an existential battle that carries a really profound message. Madeleine L’Engle’s novel on which this film is based is a cult classic, and notoriously difficult to adapt. Naturally, with a two-hour run time, some of the narrative explanations and backstories are omitted on screen, but much of the book’s heart, spirit and hope is captured within the film’s plot.The book’s trio of mystical helper

I, Tonya

The film is presented as part-mockumentary whodunnit (where everyone knows who did it), part sketch comedy, part ESPN 30 for 30 – it’s Blades of Unglory The film is, by turns, funny, sentimental, outrageous and questionable. Questionable in terms of the unreliable narrators who carry us through the story, and questionable in its treatment (or non-treatment) of Nancy Kerrigan.Nancy (Caitlin Carver) is very much a bit-part player in this tragi-comic tale; she’s not one of the main characters gi

The Shape of Water

It’s whimsical and wacky and weird and wonderful. It’s del Toro at his absolute best And what a time for a discovery like this – it’s the 60s, after all, and America is besieged with Cold War paranoia. Strickland wants his marine man studied, biopsied and exploited as a potential weapon of mass destruction. Countering him is Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg), who points out that a discovery of this magnitude should be studied and preserved.It’s amongst this fraught atmosphere that Elisa

Journey's End

This is a war film but it’s as much about the real toll of battle on the minds and spirits of the men This is the simplistic beauty of Sherriff’s original play, which is trimmed and pretty faithfully transferred to the screen by Simon Reade; the sheer horror, the banal awfulness, the terrible truth of war.This film may not add anything at all new to the canon of war films, but it’s effective at what it does. Saul Dibb’s directing is masterful, allowing a few big-action battle scenes their cinem
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