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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Matt Looker This is a ghost story that wants you thinking about touching cloth without ever making you do so. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matt Looker The film as a whole is conducting its own deception ... using gags and action to expertly divert audience attention away from the real trick it is performing. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matt Looker If the films have, like the mutant gene, evolved over time, then this instalment is an evolutionary misstep, like the duck-billed platypus, or Vin Diesel. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
1/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matt Looker A megatomic nuke to the senses ... that attempts spectacle but delivers shaky-cam confusion and exhausted cliches for optimum headaches and head-shakes. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
C+ Rocketman (2019) Ali Gray Rocketman feels precisely as cynical as Elton's mawkish John Lewis advert: an extension of the same endless, needless and unremarkable one-man marketing campaign. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Matt Looker Mildly or wildly entertaining depending on whether or not you have been fully indoctrinated into the world of Cow Babies and Sprout Turtles and Scrote Pandas and whatnot EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Ali Gray Booksmart has a cock-sure strut - it's a film that's big on confidence, thicc with swagger and it hums with the virility of youth EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Looker It's simultaneously a beautiful send-off, a greatest hits tour and a lap of honour. This is Marvel celebrating Marvel, and it is thoroughly deserved. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Matt Looker This Hellboy is exact, perfect room temperature, not managing a single needle flick on the barometer of fan interest. And this is much worse than the film simply being bad. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Matt Looker This is the stuff that makes for truly indelible horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Matt Looker There is a sense here though that the MCU formula is now being relied upon to paper over some of the cracks in the storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Matt Looker Glass is more interested in having the characters from its two predecessor films meet and confront each other than in actually having anything happen when they do. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Colette (2018) Matt Looker A refreshingly modern story that's surprisingly pertinent for these times. And - probably through no coincidence - it is Knightley's best performance in years EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
A Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Ali Gray Funnier than Spider-Man: Homecoming and more exciting than Avengers, Into The Spider-Verse is the most perfect embodiment of Spider-Man to date - Stan Lee would be proud. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Matt Looker I asked my son what was his favourite part and his answer wasn't "I loved the joke about autofill. It totally rang true with my experience of Google's browser data." EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 Possum (2018) Matt Looker Possum is all demented nightmare fuel filtered through mental instability and emotional repression. Its business is 'chill', impure and simple. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 Cam (2018) Matt Looker There is a better drama to be found in this area; a complex journey for the protagonist of what can only be described as a self-exploitation film. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 Happy New Year (2017) Matt Looker Ben Wheatley has captured a feeling of rote celebration, but through the eyes of a dysfunctional family that also happen to be a bunch of complete and utter Bursteads. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
5/5 Widows (2018) Matt Looker These widows discover that they can work through their grief as long as there is a substantial will. Heh. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
D Halloween (2018) Ali Gray Halloween (2018) is hollow and joyless, like a sad old pumpkin left out to rot EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
5/5 Mandy (2018) Matt Looker This is Nic Cage's raging, blood-soaked, psychedelic revenge inferno, and it's exactly as difficult to explain as that suggests. But also just as enticing. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Matt Looker The movie clings to the most basic of superhero plotting, the most egregious of comic-book clichés and the most underwritten of villainous motives EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
A- First Man (2018) Ali Gray Telling the movie through the eyes of Armstrong is a mission in itself; to paraphrase JFK, it's a choice to tell a story not because it is easy, but because it is hard. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Matt Looker It's sharply and concisely written, and it's as slick and stylish as Paul Feig's own collection of magnificent, handcrafted bowties EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2018
C+ The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Ali Gray It ticks all the boxes but it feels more like a respectful imitation of an Amblin movie as opposed to one that truly embodies its spirit. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
C+ Christopher Robin (2018) Ali Gray Jim Cummings brings the bear of little brain to life, and the heart cannot help but flutter in his presence. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Matt Looker It serves as welcome respite, but essentially Marvel has followed its most consequential movie with its least. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
5/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Ali Gray It's the most effective execution of the Mission: Impossible formula so far - a heady mix of humour, action and adventure, distilled to its purest form. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 Skyscraper (2018) Matt Looker It's genuinely refreshing to see a film like this played with such sincerity. Such ridiculous, idiotic sincerity EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 The First Purge (2018) Ali Gray If you were hoping for some real insight into what could make a bent and broken nation finally snap, you won't find it here. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Matt Looker The Incredibles still holds its own as one of the best superhero properties in cinema EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Ali Gray [Director J.A.] Bayona does some wonderful things with light, dark and shadow... but otherwise the attempt to shoehorn dinosaurs into a haunted house monster movie is an ill fit. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Matt Looker It may not look like much, but it's got it where it counts, kid. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 Tully (2018) Ed Williamson Cody delights in placing zingers in Marlo's mouth without resorting to the full takedowns of her targets you know she wants to launch into. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
2/5 The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Matt Looker This film suffers from all the worst of the genre's most commonplace flaws. Every jump scare is telegraphed well in advance and stupid horror logic persists throughout. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Matt Looker It somehow meets every single impossible expectation you have for it. To be fair, it's only because you're stupid. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 Journeyman (2017) Ali Gray It's a straightforward story but familiar beats are delivered with hammer blows, courtesy of a staggering central performance from Considine that'll leave you in a daze. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 Mom and Dad (2017) Ali Gray Movies that burn through this much bluster usually struggle to sustain interest, but Mom & Dad is just practicing what it preaches: at 83 minutes long, it dies before it gets old. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 I, Tonya (2017) Ali Gray Characters skate around the truth with almost as much dexterity as they do the ice rink EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 Black Panther (2018) Ali Gray Soundtracked by an authentic score, the movie has an electric rhythmicality; every scene bounces as if dancing to the beat of its own drum. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Ed Williamson Sandler's best and most sympathetic work here is non-verbal. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 The Circle (2017) Ed Williamson Odd thing about The Circle, though, is that it is almost entirely devoid of characterisation. It's as if it knows you've seen this film before. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond (2017) Ed Williamson Fifty Years is guilty of being gratingly generic and of accepting too tough a challenge: to properly explore a hugely significant collection of songs without featuring any of them. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 Baywatch (2017) Ed Williamson Self-awareness is what got Zac Efron and his co-star The Rock where they are today, and so a riff on Baywatch, sending up how daft it was, feels like just the ticket. So why isn't it sillier? EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 Aftermath (2017) Ed Williamson Arnold Schwarzenegger is there to lift heavy things and drive jeeps off buildings onto Harrier Jump Jets. If we could all just get back to a place where we accepted that, maybe we'd all learn how to get along again. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 Atomic Blonde (2017) Ed Williamson They live and die by the creativity of their fighting and shooting. These are things you would've thought had no more creative angles to exploit, but with a lot of choreography and a sheen of Berlin cool rinsed through the whole caper, there's plenty. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 Maudie (2016) Ed Williamson Both Hawkins and Hawke are very good in Maudie, and if you're looking to qualify it you'd arrive first at the fact that they both effect physical transformations of a sort. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 In the Deep (2017) Ed Williamson All of this is pretty gripping overall, but this sort of thing relies on character. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 American Made (2017) Ed Williamson American Made is a great laugh if like me you're happy enough watching rise-and-fall tales of American hubris you've seen a few times before EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 Detroit (2017) Ed Williamson In shining a light on a case without heroes, Detroit looks at the America of 50 years ago, and without needing to draw the obvious contemporary parallels, asks the question: Do we really want to go back there? EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017