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Since its very first incarnation the horror genre has thrived within subtext and metaphor. No genre quite has the power to take its entertainment and fear then twist in some pertinent discussions about larger themes. Just ask Jordan Peele. The comedian turned event filmmaker delivered his own take with 2017s Get Out. Although less a…

Captain Marvel

There has been an unfortunate change in the conversation upon the release of Marvel’s 21st film and the first female centric in their cinematic universe (I know it should’ve been way sooner than this). Rather than discuss the film in question, debate has switched to the role of loser internet trolls lambasting the film and…

The Nun

In this world of Dark Universes, Marvel Universes and DC Universes (with only one of them being truly successful) exists a little horror film that provided the basis for another cinematic universe which has steadily maintained quality throughout. Landing in 2013 with a haunting bang was The Conjuring, James Wan’s remarkably old school horror. It…

The Happytime Murders

There is nothing worse in cinema than when a film has a fantastic idea or a great fictional world but fails to capitalise on it. The Happytime Murders had all the potential to be this generations Who Framed Roger Rabbit but squanders it on a generically flat story, bland characters and immature comedy. Like that…

BlacKkKlansman

Black man infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. Reading that one sentence logline you’d be forgiven that that sort of high concept concept may be the work of some outlandishly un-PC Mel Brooks comedy, but as the opening titles tell us this is actually “Inspired by some fo’ real shit.” Before we witness an out of…

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin is a nice film. In a way that is about all I need to say regarding it. Nice can be good, nice can be warming, but nice can also be just a tad forgettable. Whilst Christopher Robin is beautifully made, affectionately acted and like a gentle hug it also struggles to say anything…

The Meg

In the blue corner we have The Meg or Megalodon, a giant shark that existed millions of years ago and at sizes reaching almost 60ft (although this being Hollywood that size is now 90ft) by far the largest predator to have lived. In the red corner, hailing from Derbyshire, weighing 185 lbs and prone to…

The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2 (or as we should call it over here The Equaliser 2) features Academy Award winner Denzel Washington shooting someone in the face with a harpoon gun. Now to some this may sound like your cup of tea, and I admit there is a guilty pleasure seeing Washington’s hard-nosed former black-ops man punish…

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small film. No that isn’t me making the lamest joke this side of the chicken discovering how zebra crossings work, but rather a statement of intent from Marvel, one that both works in Ant-Man’s favour and against it. Contextually it was wise to follow up the racially charged Black…

Mission: Impossible-Fallout

All the great modern genre sequels, The Dark Knight, Skyfall (for which Fallout most clings to), The Winter Soldier, have one key theme that connects them, that of the notion of consequence. The price the heroes actions have on themselves, their loved ones and the world itself. Fallout, the sixth instalment in the remarkably consistent…