If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make that change. Start with the man in the mirror. Us (2019) Review

Creepy, disturbing and deliciously, irresistibly open to multiple interpretations, Jordan Peele’s follow up to “Get Out” brings us another mischievously deep dive into the shameful psyche of America with a psychological sci-fi thriller of identity politics through the looking glass. As a young child, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) wandered away from her parents on the…

Dumbo (2019) has a surprisingly metatextual moral for the House of Mouse

There are nice nods to the twee opening of the original “Dumbo” as we’re treated to knowing shots of storks flying across the sky to portend the less romanticised arrival of baby Dumbo but in nodding to the animated classic so soon, this live-action remake tips just how weak its hand is. When circus impresario…

The Movies Came Out Two By Two…

Once in a while, there comes an idea so ‘good’, Hollywood does it twice. But does this presage double trouble or a two-for-one treat? Which of these famous accidental double-bills do you prefer? Deep Impact (1998) v Armageddon (1998) Volcano (1997) v Dante’s Peak (1997) White House Down (2013) v Olympus Has Fallen (2013) A…

There’s no ignoring this elephant in the room. Dumbo (1941) Review

The film which saved Disney Animation Studios (it would go on to need saving again, cyclically, in the future) after the unprofitable indulgences of “Fantasia”, “Dumbo” – released in 1941 mere weeks before the United States would find itself dragged into the Second World War – is a charming if slight fable of exceptionalism, a…