What Underwater (2020) lacks in depth it makes up for in pressure.

You know that scene in “Fast & Furious 8” when Dom, vacationing in Cuba, is forced into racing his nephew’s clapped out motor against the local street racing kingpin? Before the race, they strip that jalopy of every ounce of unnecessary weight, stripping it down to the bare essentials creating a lean, efficient racing machine….

Star Trek: Picard (S1E03) The End is the Beginning Review

*SPOILERS* The episode opens, after the ‘previously on…’ recap, with yet another flashback to what’s rapidly becoming “Star Trek: Picard”’s version of “Discovery”’s Klingon boobs in its ubiquity: the attack on Mars. It’s interesting that the series keeps coming back to this and the events which followed without really touching on the critical, very “Star…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E01) Remembrance Review

EXT: VAST SMOKING CRATER. WE STAND ON THE EDGE, UNABLE TO SEE INTO THE DEPTHS BECAUSE OF THE BILLOWING PLUMES OF THICK, ACRID BLACK SMOKE. It is the year 2003 and Rick Berman, John Logan and Stuart Baird have just cratered the Next Generation Franchise, destroying a sixteen-year legacy of future-facing “Star Trek”. There are…

Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen (2020) is the real live action lion king.

Having been plying his trade in more family-friendly fare – including last year’s surprise smash “Aladdin” – “The Gentlemen” sees Guy Ritchie returning to his old stomping ground, although there’s perhaps more than a little hint of autobiography in this tale of a self-styled king of his domain contemplating letting it all go and moving…

Doctor Who: Spyfall Part 1 (S12E01) Review

*SPOILERS*   They say time flies when you’re having fun and it would explain why this fast-paced, action-packed first hour of Doctor Who’s went by so very quickly. It’s a bold – very bold return for the venerable sci-fi. Also making a welcome return are the cold open and the opening credits, hopefully to stay…

Netflix’s The Two Popes (2019) explores the fallibility of the infallible.

It would seem to be something of a contradiction in terms to deliver a warm and whimsical drama about the leadership of the Catholic Church during some of its most tumultuous years but that’s exactly what Fernando Meirelles’ gently absorbing chronicle of this archly ceremonial game of Papal thrones. Essentially a biographical film tracing the…