Daily Star (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Joker (2019) Andy Lea The best film of 2019. If Phoenix doesn't take home an Oscar the villains will be sitting on the Academy. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Andy Lea As these set-pieces could be put in any order, the film feels more like a series of randomly assembled shorts than a coherent feature film. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz A seriously weird and heartfelt film jam-packed with action and chock full of Pokemon - what more could you ask for? EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 The Informer (2020) Andy Lea We know roughly where the pieces will fall in this very solidly-made slice of pulp fiction, but actor turned director Andrea Di Stefano assembles them in some very pleasing patterns. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Andy Lea Thankfully, returning director Jon Watts makes sure our dorky hero doesn't get lost in the MCU's bloated mythology. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Andy Lea The film isn't just out to tickle our funny bones. At its heart, this is a tear-jerking love story - albeit one about two straight men in their 60s. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 Aquaman (2018) Andy Lea Director James Wan keeps things moving but seems a little out of his depth when fishing for laughs. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Andy Lea I suspect kids will prefer Jim Carrey's anarchic grouch. Being nice pays off at Christmas, but being naughty is just so much more fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 When the Screaming Stops (1973) Andy Lea But in this touching and very funny film about last year's Bros reunion concert, Matt and Luke Goss don't seem in charge of a single shot. They rarely seem in control of themselves. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Andy Lea It's relentless, often exhausting and frequently hilarious. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 Mom and Dad (2017) Andy Lea It's a horribly clever idea which writer director Brian Taylor uses to craft some devilishly unsettling images. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2018
2/5 The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Andy Lea The acting feels stilted and the setup seems aimless. Too often, it feels like you're watching a stranger's holiday videos. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 Justice League (2017) Andy Lea After the excellent Wonder Woman, DC plays it safe with a very familiar debut mission for their superhero tag team. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 The Ritual (2017) Andy Lea Bruckner summons up some nightmarish images before letting loose with a gleefully over-the-top finale. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2017
5/5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Andy Lea Not quite a classic, but this smart and visually stunning sequel will still be poured over by fans for years to come. If this was a poisoned chalice, Villeneuve has grabbed it with both hands. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Andy Lea This moving and eye-opening biopic reveals life was no picnic for the creators of "the bear of very little brain". EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
2/5 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Andy Lea It's a film of a thousand mistakes and Besson's arrogant decision to write his own script is the biggest of them all. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2017
5/5 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Andy Lea Few summer blockbusters make the brain tick and the heart race at the same time -- this could turn out to be the blockbuster of the summer. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
1/5 The Shack (2017) Andy Lea After two hours of this drivel, I was praying for the end credits. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 The Mummy (2017) Andy Lea The film offers Walking Dead style fights and clunky comedy blatantly ripped off from An American Werewolf In London. If Universal hope to take on Wonder Woman and Iron Man at the box office, they'll have to go back to the drawing board. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 Baywatch (2017) Andy Lea I feel duty bound to kick sand in the face of director Seth Gordon. But to be honest, I just don't have it in me. I found myself laughing seven or eight times during his Baywatch spoof. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 Wonder Woman (2017) Andy Lea She's fearless, whip-smart and she's just saved the Universe. After three false starts, director Patty Jenkins has delivered the first great film in the DCEU. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) Andy Lea It may be missing a standout shock but Covenant keeps it's promise to horror fans. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2017
4/5 Their Finest (2016) Andy Lea Lone Scherfig may be Danish, but she's knows precisely how to make a Brit flick tick. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 The Lost City of Z (2016) Andy Lea If you're in the "they don't make them like they used to" camp, you'll have a great time being proved wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Andy Lea At least this bizarre Power Rangers movie tries to do something to stand out from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 Beauty and the Beast (2017) Andy Lea Cleary, there's still plenty of Disney magic in this fairytale. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Andy Lea This is very unusual blockbuster - a Vietnam war flick, a comedy and an old-fashioned creature feature in one monstrously entertaining package. It's bananas but brilliant. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Andy Lea As wonderfully crafted as they are (and for me the choreography knocks La La Land into a cocked hat), there's always a danger the violence could become a bit numbing. Thankfully, the film-makers know precisely when to puncture the killing with comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Andy Lea This "block" buster definitely won't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2017
3/5 Gold (2016) Andy Lea It's not as brainy as The Big Short, as witty as American Hustle or as entertaining as The Wolf of Wall Street. But this slightly muddled tale does unearth something golden -- another glittering turn from Matthew McConaughey EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 T2 Trainspotting (2017) Andy Lea It's clever, well-written and well acted. But not quite what I expected from a Trainspotting sequel. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2017
4/5 La La Land (2016) Andy Lea Joyous, romantic and achingly stylish. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 Split (2016) Andy Lea Shyamalan is clearly having fun here and we're laughing with him. As I said, it's a big improvement on After Earth. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 Assassin's Creed (2016) Andy Lea The thrilling action sequences in medieval Spain provide a glimpse of how a less convoluted version could have played out. But whenever we're about to get lost in the action, Kurzel yanks us back into the present day for more hogwash. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 Eddie the Eagle (2016) Andy Lea As Egerton's gurning, one-note performance is beginning to lose its charm, Jackman's A-list grit arrives just in time. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2017
2/5 The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Andy Lea The story unfolds pretty much as expected. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 Dheepan (2015) Andy Lea Hard-hitting, beautifully shot and wonderfully acted. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 Bastille Day (2016) Andy Lea Bond and Bourne fans will notice the drop in budget, but this rollicking spy flick will fill a gap until Matt Damon returns to the spy game in July. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
2/5 I Saw the Light (2015) Andy Lea [A] dull biopic of the legend of the Grand Ole Opry. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
1/5 The Boss (2016) Andy Lea McCarthy is a brilliant physical comedian. But boy, does she need a decent director. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 Elvis & Nixon (2016) Andy Lea Spacey v Shannon is a fascinating showdown between two Hollywood heavyweights. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 Central Intelligence (2016) Andy Lea If you are suffering from The Brexit Blues, then watching a tiny comic repeatedly clocking a hulking muscle man around the chops could be just what the doctor ordered. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Andy Lea This is the best Ice Age movie since the first one. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Andy Lea Hopefully, enough Marvel kids can be persuaded to check this old-fashioned superhero. Tarzan is swinging again. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 Supersonic (2016) Andy Lea Director Mat Whitecross cleverly focuses on the band's best period -- beginning on the council estates of Burnage in 1991 and ending five years later in front of a quarter of a million fans at Knebworth. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
A United Kingdom (2016) Andy Lea Great performances from both actors sell the romance and the struggle. This is an inspiring true story that really deserves to be retold. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 The Accountant (2016) Andy Lea This bonkers but brilliant premise means this is one of the more preposterous action movies of the year. It's also one of the most entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Andy Lea Unlike most of this year's blockbusters, his "Thoroughly Entertaining Seven" hits most of its targets. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
2/5 Snowden (2016) Andy Lea Depending your politics, Snowden's revelations about the US secret electronic surveillance system make him a patriot or a traitor. Stone is so determined to show him as the former, he also makes him a bit of a bore. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016