Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016) Review

Okay. Enough already. This one-joke franchise has more than outstayed its welcome and this flabby, facile and unfocussed fourth outing should (but won’t) mark the end of it. From the tediously laboured “Star Wars”-themed opening, the whole thing feels tired and dated. The pre-credits sequence set in Vegas immediately underlines the cheapness of the whole…

The One I Love (2015) Review

Available now in the UK on Netflix, quirky indie sci-fi romantic drama “The One I Love” is a difficult film to describe without giving away any of its surprises. Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are struggling with a marriage on the brink of collapse when their therapist suggests an unusual course of action. He…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review

I’m not a fan of the growing trend for artificially prolonging a franchise by splitting the last instalment into two parts. There are reasons why trilogies evolved as a dominant storytelling structure rather than tetralogies, even though tetralogy sounds a lot cooler. The “Harry Potter” franchise just about got away with it (thanks to the source…

Interstellar (2014) Review

Mark the date. We may just have reached peak Nolan. “Interstellar” simultaneously represents the most triumphant aspects of the auteur’s style as well as his follies. There’s breath-taking ambition, scintillating scientific thoughts and stunning realised visuals. But all the problems that plagued “The Dark Knight Rises” are here too in abundance and without the inherent…

Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8E11) Review

*SPOILERS* I’m going to keep this as brief as I can, because it’s tricky to judge a ‘part one’ in isolation without having seen the second episode. As it was, we got a couple of answers to two questions which have run the length of the series (one we were actualy interested in and the…

Doctor Who: Flatline (S8E09) Review

*SPOILERS* After a solid run of three really good episodes, I was ready for a bit of slide this week, especially when I read the synopsis saying that with the Doctor out of action, Clara has to become the Doctor. After all the complaining I’ve done about the series being too Clara-centric, how was I…