Vox Lux (2019) kinda sucks.

Vox Lux (2019) kinda sucks.

Like its subject, “Vox Lux” is demanding, pretentious and self-congratulatory, although the film takes these traits to the point of cinematic onanism. Occasionally arrestingly shocking, it almost feels like, having grabbed your attention, it doesn’t really know what to do with it beyond hitting you over the head with its achingly obvious allegory for American ..

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Review

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Review

Guy Richie wears his influences on his sleeve in Galfridian geezer romp “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword”. He’s clearly seen “The Lord Of The Rings”, kept up to date with “Game Of Thrones” and avidly watched BBC TV’s “Merlin”. He’s even found time to take in Queen’s classic “Radio Ga Ga” video. All of ..

Dom Hemingway (2013) Review

Dom Hemingway (2013) Review

“Dom Hemingway” is a film which struggles to live up to the promise of its blisteringly funny, aggressive and chaotic trailer. It suggests a cracking, foul-mouthed crime caper with Jude Law having an absolute blast as crazy, charismatic hot shot safecracker Dom Hemingway while Richard E Grant oozes haughty insouciance as his loyal sidekick Dickie Black. Looking stylistically ..

Spy (2015) Review

Spy (2015) Review

Much like “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” was for Spielberg, “Spy” is Paul Feig’s take on a Bond movie, based on the not unreasonable supposition that ‘they’d never let him direct one’. After seeing this, though, they just might. When the CIA’s top agents identities are compromised during an operating to recover a rogue nuclear ..

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (2022) Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (2022) Review

Fantastic failures in storytelling and where they’re heading FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE, the third and likely final instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, finds the franchise striving to rectify the missteps of its predecessors, with veteran Wizarding World director David Yates desperately trying to pull out of the narrative nosedive he and Rowling ..

The Rhythm Section (2020) Review

The Rhythm Section (2020) Review

The Rhythm Section…is not my tempo I have to hope that when Barbara Broccoli (who produced “The Rhythm Section” along with brother and long-time producing partner Michael G Wilson) advised that she didn’t want to make the character of Bond a woman because she believes she ‘should be creating new characters for women – strong ..

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

Having been concentrating on comfort movies recently, I took a break to take in what, in the present climate, is almost the diametric opposite of a comfort movie. Steven Soderbergh’s chillingly prescient docudrama CONTAGION covers the terrifying rapidity with which an aggressive and deadly new disease emerges in the far east and spreads to every ..