An utterly implausible B-movie thriller transformed into an effective thriller by the power of its cast, “Greta” just wants to be liked and will go to any lengths to do it. When Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds an abandoned handbag on the subway, she resolves to return it to its owner, Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert) … Continue reading Greta (2019) is a dark urban feminist fairy tale masquerading as a B-movie potboiler.
It takes nerve and vision to remake something as cinematically revered as “Suspiria” so there’s no doubting director Luca Guadagnino’s ambition and confidence. In reimagining the sacred, Guadagnino manages to take the bones of the original and reshape them into something disturbingly new and yet primally familiar. A darkness lurks at the heart of the … Continue reading Suspiria (2018) Review
I love “Bad Neighbours”, even though it represented a watershed moment for me personally: it was the first time I’d found myself siding with the ‘boring’ old folk in a war of the generations comedy. I’m not getting any younger so sure, sign me up for another tour of duty and let the second park … Continue reading Bad Neighbours 2 (2016) Review
“The Equalizer” is part remake, part reimagining and part origin story. Taking its inspiration from the 1980s Edward Woodward starring TV Series, the movie dirties it up a bit and adds a hard edge of brutality, taking us back to a time before Robert McCall had become The Equalizer. Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is living … Continue reading The Equalizer (2014) Review
"Dark Shadows" is a reboot of the long running, ever so slightly ludicrous daily TV supernatural horror soap opera which ran for five years from 1966 to 1971, managing to rack up 1,225 episodes. I had a vague awareness of “Dark Shadows” but had never seen any of it beyond the odd clip of low … Continue reading Dark Shadows (2012) Review
You always know what to expect when a new Muppet movie comes around: there'll be spectacle, there'll be fantasy, there'll be derring do and stuff like you would never see. There'll be heroes bold, there'll be comedy, and a lot of fuss, that ends for us real happily. Yes, a movie – starring everybody and… … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Review
***SPOILERS FOR “KICK-ASS”*** Something of a surprise hit when it was released, “Kick Ass” was a ballsy, funny, violently subversive take on the superhero genre which was beginning to (and still does) dominate Hollywood’s output. The film’s unexpected mix of both celebrating and satirising the tropes and clichés of superhero origin stories while playing with … Continue reading Kick Ass 2 (2013) Review
Apparently ten years in the making, “Movie 43” is what I suspect Forrest Gump’s mother would have described as being like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. I always felt sorry for that woman – with everything she had to endure in her life, nobody ever took the time … Continue reading Movie 43 (2013) Review