Dolittle (2020) does more than you might be expecting…

Almost universally condemned to be a ‘flop’ before it was released, Robert Downey Jr’s passion project ‘Dolittle’ seems to have fallen foul of an adult critical groupthink who, while quick to remonstrate with critics who differ in gender, ethnicity or sexuality who criticise a work ‘not meant for them’, have singularly failed to take into…

Autómata (2015) Review

Due for a UK DVD release in May 2015, it may be arriving slightly late to the recent ‘technological singularity’ party but “Autómata” nevertheless finds some interesting angles from which to explore the subject. In the 2040’s, humanity is on the verge of extinction following devastating solar flares which irradiated much of the Earth’s surface…

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

There’s something comfortingly familiar and yet frustratingly unambitious about SpongeBob’s latest cinematic outing. All the usual hallmarks are there: it’s cute and unashamedly goofy, the roster of characters are exactly as you might remember them and the oddball plot rambles along in the haphazard way we’ve come to know and love, peppered with the occasional…

The Expendables 3 (2014) Review

There was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from die-hard action movie fans when it was announced that “The Expendables 3” was (deliberately) looking likely to get the coveted PG-13 rating (12A for us Brits) as it chased a wider, younger audience. While the film is deprived of virtually any blood and gore,…

Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

“Justin And The Knights Of Valour” surprised me. I was expecting a dreary, underdeveloped euro-animation in the turgid tradition of “Freddie As F.R.O.7.” or “Sammy’s Great Escape” but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing here that will unduly trouble Pixar and DreamWorks. Well, apart from the fact it was made for about a…