We all remember how exciting it was when you got to visit your mum and dad at work, right? James Gray’s thoughtful, introspective and quietly engrossing sci-fi meditation “Ad Astra” sets out to explore the bond between father and son when stretched onto an inhumanly cosmic scale. When a mysterious pulse from the edge of … Continue reading Ad Astra (2019) elevates ‘Take Your Kids To Work Day’ to a cosmic scale.
It may seem something of an oxymoron, but “Bumblebee” is a genuinely good “Transformers” film. Now, I’m happy to admit I’m heavily biased, having grown up loving and watching and reading the Gen 1 toys, cartoon and Marvel comic series but my tinted glasses just make the rosy nostalgia of “Bumblebee” even rosier. With the … Continue reading Bumblebee (2018) Review
Most films are released, perhaps others…escape? “The Cloverfield Paradox” feels more like it was abandoned until Bad Robot found it in a dumpster. But even their judicious application of Cloverfield-brand sticky plasters couldn’t paper over this many cracks and, eventually, it was offloaded in a fire sale to Netflix. Credit to them, then, to realise … Continue reading The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Review
In an age of shared blockbuster universes which take themselves terribly seriously, “Kong: Skull Island” is a breezy and brazen breath of fresh air. Preposterous in its premise, it's not afraid to embrace its silliness and, as a result, is more fun than any of its Hollywood kaiju predecessors. In the early 1970’s, an expedition … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review
Veteran director Michael Mann’s latest takes the charismatic screen presence of Chris Hemsworth and the white hot topicality of computer hacking and combines them into a muddled and painfully dull misfire that sacrifices drama and spectacle in favour of technical accuracy. When a Chinese Nuclear Power Station is subject to a hacking attack which destroys … Continue reading Blackhat (2015) Review