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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Andy Lea The pacing is off but the shoot-outs are tense, the scenery is spectacular and Jolie makes the most of her first action role since 2010's Salt. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
3/5 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Andy Lea It's far better than the original, but core problems remain. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
2/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Andy Lea Too happy to coast along on cameo appearances, broad comedy and knowing callbacks to the original. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
4/5 Pelé (2021) Andy Lea The archive footage is a thrilling testament to his talent. But the film also explores the dark side of the Brazilian nationalism he unwittingly unleashed. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
3/5 Dragon Rider (2019) Andy Lea The animation is bright and breezy, the plot moves at a fair clip and Patrick Stewart is good value voicing a dragon-munching monster. Sadly, the characters are less finely drawn. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Andy Lea After this, wont ever be able to look at Morgan Freeman without thinking of a mournful crab or hear a lounge pianist without thinking of Mark Jonathan Davis's wildly inappropriate Richard Cheese. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Andy Lea More intriguing is the notion that technology and popular culture are changing the way we view the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 Rams (2020) Andy Lea The change of location works surprisingly well. Australia and Iceland may be a world apart, but their old warriors seem to share strands of grizzled DNA. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
1/5 Twist (2021) Andy Lea The last time Caine did Dickens, he was Scrooge to Kermit the Frog's Bob Cratchit. This time, the muppets are behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
4/5 Persian Lessons (2020) Andy Lea While some aspects of the story stretch credulity, two brilliant lead performances keep us hooked. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 Baby Done (2020) Andy Lea The episodic structure makes it difficult to get emotionally involved with the ups and downs of the couple's relationship but it does deliver accomplished physical comedy and some wonderfully snarky one-liners. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Andy Lea The pace sags a little in the middle, but the tension keeps us hooked as we hurtle towards the pitch black finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Andy Lea The plot is a little sketchy but there are some spectacular action scenes including a flashback to a young Diana competing in an ancient pentathlon and a fun heist in an 80s shopping centre. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 Billie (2020) Andy Lea For director James Erskine, journalist Linda Kuehl's mountain of cassettes is like a time capsule, allowing him to tell Holiday's story through the mostly dead voices of those who knew her best. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/5 Mulan (2020) Andy Lea Disney has turned a fun, family musical into a po-faced war movie with a rather suspect message. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Andy Lea While nothing compares with the first film's naked wrestling scene, Kazakhstan's most famous son can still raise uncomfortable laughs. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
5/5 Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story (2020) Andy Lea A fascinating portrait of a genuine class act. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Andy Lea At times it feels like this overstuffed stocking is in danger of coming apart at the seams but children of all ages should enjoy unpacking its many delights. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Andy Lea Bamboozling, bold, wildly spectacular - this could be the perfect curtain-raiser for this year's delayed blockbuster season. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Unhinged (2020) Andy Lea It's a simple set-up, but the plot is full of surprises and Crowe is genuinely terrifying. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Andy Lea But while the deliberately naff songs hit all the right notes, the comedy is painfully off-key. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 Resistance (2020) Andy Lea Eisenberg's mime skills aren't up to scratch, the jumps in time and location are confusing and not all the action scenes are convincing. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
1/5 Artemis Fowl (2020) Andy Lea A confusing mess populated by characters we hardly know and powered by a mythology we barely understand. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/5 Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Andy Lea This charming coming-of-age drama uses stock comedy characters in some surprisingly subtle ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Andy Lea It's consistently entertaining, if a little lacking in soul. If this was a record, I'd have to file under "Easy Listening". EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
3/5 My Spy (2020) Andy Lea Bautista and Coleman make a great double act and Schaal gets some sharp lines. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 The Shadow of Violence (2019) Andy Lea Rowland and screenwriter Joe Murtagh know how to balance the violence with tender drama, sharp dialogue and black comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Andy Lea A strangely enjoyable enough romp that's missing a standout action scene or a killer one-liner. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Andy Lea The costumes are sumptuous and the overlapping dialogue feels refreshingly authentic. The plot, however, can be a bit tricky to follow. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Andy Lea A nerve-shredding, eye-popping odyssey through the horrors of World War One. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Andy Lea Disney plays it safe with a slick but predictable finale. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2019
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 (2019) 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 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