The Good Liar (2019) covers its tracks a little too well.

Although there have been a few remakes of “Bedtime Story”, such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, but Bill Condon’s twisty con man mystery is the first to remove the comedy (unless, I guess, you count “The Hustle”) and play the story straight. Despite Condon’s best efforts, though – and an acting masterclass from McKellen and Mirren…

Artemis Fowl (2020) ducks its obligations and gives fans of the books the bird.

First published in 2001, Eoin Colfer’s action-fantasy series of adventures centring around tweenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl (Jr) may at first glance appear to be little more than an attempt to cash-in on the then white-hot and unquestioned success of J K Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series but in reality the books hewed much closer to…

Good Omens is a nice and accurate adaptation of the book, but not much more.

“Good Omens”, starting on BBC2 tonight after an exclusive first run on Amazon Prime is a nice and accurate translation of a long-thought unfilmable book to the small screen, but that’s about it. Despite note-perfect casting, decent special effects and the presence of Neil Gaiman himself as showrunner, somehow the series ends up less than…

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) is an exercise in Lucasian poetry

Assembled more like one of Disney’s current ‘live action’ adaptations of their animated back catalogue than a genuine sequel to the 1964 original, “Mary Poppins Returns” brings back cinema’s premiere Nanny to answer another Banks crisis. In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Wishaw), along with Michael’s three children, face…