Everest (2015) Review

Everest (2015) Review

There’s always a question mark that hangs over film adaptations of true events, and when it’s the true story of a tragedy, that question is always more pointed. “Everest” struggles with the same problems that “The Impossible” did: what is the point of the movie, apart from to show the tragic suffering and horrific deaths ..

Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

Deadpool 2 doesn’t just break the fourth wall, it demolishes it. Although I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t just stick with “Untitled Deadpool Sequel” as the official title, “Deadpool 2” brings the Merc with the mouth back, and he’s bolder than ever as he looks to avoid the pitfalls of the ‘difficult second album’. ..

Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Crammed with A-list talent, “Hail, Caesar!” is a delightfully light and frothy love letter to a Golden Age of Hollywood which was much more gold-plated than 24-carat memories might suggest. Although not quite the madcap laugh-a-minute romp the expertly edited trailer might suggest – this is not “The Last Ten Minutes Of ‘Blazing Saddles’: The ..

Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) offers America a tangerine’s dream.

Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) offers America a tangerine’s dream.

It’s impossible to view “Sicario 2: Soldado” in isolation from the current real-world events along America’s southern border. Indeed, the film finds itself cruelly separated from the comfort of director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins’ reassuring presence. Also discarded is Emily Blunt’s FBI agent Kate Macer and with her any shred of conscience “Sicario” ..

Dune: Part Two (2024) Review

Dune: Part Two (2024) Review

Dune: Part Two fulfills the prophesied hype. Is Denis Villeneuve the cinematic Kwisatz Haderach? As much as I did enjoy Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE (Part One), it’s fair to say I had a couple of gripes. One was that, despite the shiny newness afforded by modern special effects, I didn’t feel like it showed me anything ..

Sicario (2015) Review

Sicario (2015) Review

Gritty, grim and deeply nihilistic, “Sicario” is a dark and brooding thriller which examines the murky realpolitik of America’s ‘War On Drugs’ along the US/ Mexican border. Idealistic FBI Agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a government official (Josh Brolin) and his mysterious partner (Benicio del Toro) to join an inter-agency task force ..

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

It’s taken nine years to summon up the courage to crawl back to Basin ‘Sin’ City, and the old town hasn’t changed much in the intervening years. Oh, sure, Clive Owen looks a lot like Josh Brolin now and I’m not sure Miho is the same (Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki) but the city still ..

Inherent Vice (2015) Review

Inherent Vice (2015) Review

I was going to write a detailed and logical Inherent Vice but then I got high. It’s little wonder the most common witticism being thrown around in respect of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is ‘Incoherent Vice’. It’s almost irresistible – and already has a dedicated Twitter feed to curate its usage. Despite its instant cliché ..