The Mercury

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tim Martain This franchise's timeline seriously needed straightening out. Simply ignoring the last 3 movies and starting again from the end of T2 is kinda harsh, but it needed to be done. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Tim Martain A lively horror/thriller with a great grindhouse feel but it comes perilously close to forgetting to just have fun. Once it finally lets its hair down, it's a damn good time. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Tim Martain A shameless crowd-pleaser delivered with such panache and disarming charm that it's pretty much impossible to do anything other than smile and enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Tim Martain With a little less Pennywise and a bit more character-depth and focus on the fear associated with the protagonists' everyday lives, IT: Chapter 2 got the balance just right. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Tim Martain In a space dominated by massive studio franchises, it is so nice to be able to watch a film that feels like a real work of art, crafted by a person, not a committee. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Tim Martain By focusing a bit more on its titular characters and a lot less on the series' usual mindless car-porn, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is a great action flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Tim Martain This remake is likeable enough but where the cartoon animals were exquisitely drawn and expressive, their CGI counterparts are too lifelike to be truly endearing. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Tim Martain There is much to love about Yesterday, from the acting to the cinematography to the music of The Beatles, but one gaping plot hole intrudes on the fun: that blackout. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Tim Martain There is a mole inside MIB, so M and H must race to uncover the traitor's identity while the audience tries to pretend it wasn't completely obvious about half an hour in. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Tim Martain Turner manages to make you feel some kind of connection with Jean Grey, despite a total lack of anything in the script to make you care. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
1/5 Brightburn (2019) Tim Martain Even as a metaphor for puberty, Brightburn is heavy-handed and uninteresting. And the plot so unoriginal that I predicted the finale halfway through. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Tim Martain Much like the WWE, is damn fine entertainment, not to be taken too seriously, and full of laughs, cheers and some surprisingly heartfelt moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Tim Martain This superhero movie probably does have something to prove but proves it by not really seeming to care whether it does so or not, which I think is a fantastic kind of protest. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Tim Martain Perfectly cast, sharply written, beautifully shot and full of some of the best slapstick and comedic timing since Laurel and Hardy themselves graced the silver screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Tim Martain Glass doesn't end at the climax. It rolls over, goes to sleep and snores for 30 minutes before the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2019
2.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Tim Martain Kinda fun, mostly due to Momoa's charisma and presence, and the underlying sense of levity. Aquaman doesn't suck any more, but he definitely needs a better vehicle than this. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
4.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Tim Martain The delirious, unapologetic lunacy of this film is so completely charming that even my inner cynic just shrugged his shoulders and asked me to pass the popcorn. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
3/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Tim Martain Somewhere in all of the thrilling spectacle, the storytelling and characterisation have been pushed to one side. But despite some thin writing, it's a very fun ride. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Tim Martain An Oscar-worthy performance stuck in a mediocre script, basically a great Freddie Mercury impersonator lip-syncing Queen's greatest hits for 2 hours. Entertaining but hollow. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
5/5 First Man (2018) Tim Martain Even the first man on the Moon experienced more suffering in this world than he ever wanted to talk about. Touching, carefully paced, visually stunning, simply beautiful. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Tim Martain In one scene, in which Ally (Gaga) is dragged on stage to sing at a stadium concert, the churn of emotions crossing her face is simply astonishing and so very, very real. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
0/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Tim Martain A lazily written and neglectfully directed mess that is clearly nothing more than fulfilment of the need to round out a trilogy. Totally uncalled for. A waste. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Tim Martain A society rom-com with all the dazzle of Sex and the City, but without the pornography of label-worship. Rather than fawning over the excess, we feel almost offended by it. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2018
2.5/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) Tim Martain The Happytime Murders takes its great premise and plays it so safe it becomes dull. Meet The Feebles, Team America and Roger Rabbit did all this before, and did it better. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Tim Martain It pays not to think too much about the plot, and the film actively distracts you from doing so. But it all looks fantastic, is great fun and two and a half hours roars by. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Tim Martain If you're still rocking back and forth in the foetal position after Infinity War, here's something to cheer you up a little. Great fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
1.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Tim Martain The plot is clumsily spelled out through a hysterical series of exposition scenes that are as lazy as they are cliched. Mad Scientist, would you like to explain it from here? EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Tim Martain Trying to recreate the feel of the original, this sequel misses the point. It's a bit like painting an obvious forgery of a Van Gough, but at least you got the colours right. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Tim Martain Firmly rooted within the Star Wars universe, thanks largely to a script by Lawrence Kasdan, who knows this universe intimately, and knows how to write Han. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2018
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Tim Martain Deadpool 2 doesn't reward a deep analysis because it's not a complicated film. It's just wilfully stupid, but it is some finely crafted stupidity. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2018
1/5 Life of the Party (2018) Tim Martain When you have to look to the supporting cast for all the best laughs, it probably means that something has gone horribly wrong with the movie. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Tim Martain Thanos is given tremendous emotional depth and development but the rest of the vast superhero pantheon appear to have been given two hours of busy work. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2018
5/5 A Quiet Place (2018) Tim Martain When it comes to horror movies, a little bit of tension goes a long way, and the sheer level of tension in A Quiet Place just might give you a heart condition. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Tim Martain Ready Player One is a feast of nostalgia, action and visual style, which more than makes up for its fairly minor narrative shortfalls. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 12 Strong (2018) Tim Martain Trey Parker and Matt Stone once joked that if Team America had been performed with actors instead of puppets, it would have been a Bruckheimer movie. Enter 12 Strong... EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
1.5/5 Red Sparrow (2018) Tim Martain A terminally slow-moving spy flick that would have been more thrilling if its less-than-mind-blowing twists had been played out with a bit more pace. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 Black Panther (2018) Tim Martain Didn't wow me quite as much as some of the other Marvel superhero movies, but that is because this movie that puts story and solid character development ahead of spectacle. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2018
5/5 I, Tonya (2017) Tim Martain I, Tonya wears its complete disregard for the truth quite proudly and is still probably a better portrait of the reality than anything we saw in the news at the time. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/5 Downsizing (2017) Tim Martain The trailer is one great big fake-out and, after the second act, the film lurches off in a completely different direction. And despite its tonal issues, it is very watchable. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2017
4/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Tim Martain This chapter relies so much on its call-backs and references that it all feels a little bit too safe. But still a damn fine movie, pushing the story forward in style. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2017
5/5 The Disaster Artist (2017) Tim Martain The irony is that this farcical comedy just might win the Oscar Wiseau always coveted. I'm sure Wiseau will take credit for it if it happens. And we won't mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
0.5/5 Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Tim Martain Nobody's heart was in this thing, not even the extremely talented cast, who weren't even phoning their performances in, they just sent a quick text from the toilet. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
4.5/5 Wonder (2017) Tim Martain Despite the narrative we are conditioned to expect, this film isn't all about Auggie. It is in the overlapping narratives from his peers that we see the true message. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
3.5/5 Justice League (2017) Tim Martain The characterisation is a bit lacking in places, and the Big Bad Guy feels a tad bland, but it finally feels like the DCEU knows where it is going. Good fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Tim Martain For all the admirable world-building and faithfulness to the style of the original, the story is almost a let-down and the soporific pace of the film makes it a tough slog. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2017
5/5 mother! (2017) Tim Martain The feelings mother! provokes are quite profound and intense, even if the message is difficult to decipher. Maybe you only take from this film what you bring with you. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2017
5/5 It (2017) Tim Martain The relentless grotesquerie and deeply unsettling tone are the closest match I think I've ever seen on screen for Stephen King's particular brand of horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/5 American Made (2017) Tim Martain In the case of American Made, the "true story" is more of a serving suggestion, but the fully embellished film is still great fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2017
5/5 Dunkirk (2017) Tim Martain Christopher Nolan has created a true masterpiece here: experimental in structure, gripping storytelling, haunting in tone, and more terrifying than most horror movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2017
5/5 Baby Driver (2017) Tim Martain As a storyteller and filmmaker, Edgar Wright has an uncanny knack for teasing the beautiful and whimsical out of even the most unlikely subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2017