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…

Incredibles 2

Bao: Per the norm Incredibles 2 opens with a short film, this one entitled Bao. A beautiful little piece concerning an Asian woman who one day cooks up some dumplings for her distant husband. To her shock one of these dumplings gains sentience and so begins a lovely mother/son montage that any parent in the…

Skyscraper

Pulling off a big dumb movie is surprisingly hard. It requires a confidence in tone, an internal logic no matter how silly the concept and leading stars committed to their material. Dwayne Johnson has sort of made a career out of big silly movies. High concepts, low brains, big hearts and of course little in…

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…