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…

Dolittle (2020) does more than you might be expecting…

Almost universally condemned to be a ‘flop’ before it was released, Robert Downey Jr’s passion project ‘Dolittle’ seems to have fallen foul of an adult critical groupthink who, while quick to remonstrate with critics who differ in gender, ethnicity or sexuality who criticise a work ‘not meant for them’, have singularly failed to take into…

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…