Hotel Artemis

The year is 2028. Los Angeles is in the midst of city wide riots due to the rationing of water. The police have issued a curfew. Taking advantage of the situation two brothers attempt to rob a bank, one gets shot. They take refuge in the Hotel Artemis. Run by Nurse Thomas (Jodie Foster), a…

Whitney

Flip through any book about popular music and you’ll find dozens of musicians’ stories with tragic heartbreaking ends. Tales of intimate beginnings, soaring highs and ignoble lows, inter-meshed with drugs, sex and damn fine music. No wonder so many documentarians seek out these figures as centrepieces for their works. In the last few years alone…

Sicario 2: Soldado

Sicario is not a film you would’ve expected to gain a sequel. Sure there is mileage in its tale of murky border policies between Mexico and the US, and the lengths to which both sides will go to reach their goal. Yet Denis Villeneuve, possibly one of the greatest filmmakers working today, elevated the first…

Ocean’s Eight

There are some films that no matter how much I enjoy them I inevitably struggle in how to write a review on it. A more experienced critic would find no issue but alas this fledgling ‘critic’ has been beaten on more than one occasion, and so it goes again with Ocean’s Eight. An all female…

Tag

Apologies for the lack of posts recently but quite frankly there has been absolutely nothing going on film-wise in the last few weeks. Thanks in no small part to the arrival of the World Cup, which causes studios to delay their films here in the U.K for at least a month. But never fear things…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

In 2015 two of the most popular franchises returned after many years of absence, and in an odd way both had very similar temperaments. Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens each springboarded their new stories off a deep-rooted nostalgia, repeating plot beats and even structure to gift fans with pretty much exactly what…

Hereditary

We open to the nerve jangling sound of discordant strings, immediately sensing that something is not right. After a brief newspaper obituary appears on screen, its everyday nature coupled with the foreboding music helping to offset even more, we cut to what looks to be a dolls house. As the camera moves ever closer to…

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good film. Now that may not sound like the most ringing of endorsements, but you have to take into account just what this production has gone through in order to reach our screens. Pressure was already on the film from the moment of announcement, notably from the fan…

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is almost critic proof. The Merc with a Mouth so brazen with a fourth wall breaking joke that it would be a likely bet he’d make a crack about sequelitis during said sequel. So it comes to pass (albeit in the trailer-as per a lot of comedies there is a fair chunk here…

Tully

You only have to ask the mum from Home Alone, being a mother is tough! Sleepless nights, exhaustive repetition and the prospect that despite all your efforts your child could still grow up into something disappointing or even worse downright horrifying (see We Need to Talk about Kevin). If the movies are to be believed…