Ari Aster’s Swedish folk horror Midsommar (2019) combines the existential terror of a trip to IKEA with the crushing tedium of a trip to IKEA

Midsommar Review

In following up on “Hereditary”, Ari Aster’s sophomore effort “Midsommer” was almost predestined to become the latest yardstick by which that most rarefied strata of cinephiles would embrace to prove their bona fides. A pity, then that he has delivered a glacial two-and-a-half-hour Instagram filter with ill-founded pretentions of psychological profundity. A group of friends … Continue reading Ari Aster’s Swedish folk horror Midsommar (2019) combines the existential terror of a trip to IKEA with the crushing tedium of a trip to IKEA

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

Starting with a train heist which plays out like Disney sinking all their money into a live-action remake of “Toy Story 3”, the third and final instalment of “The Maze Runner” trilogy starts with enough energy and inventiveness that it almost makes you forget it’s been three years since “The Scorch Trials”, thanks to an … Continue reading Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

Detroit (2017) Review

With serendipitous timing and real world resonance that borders on opportunistic, “Detroit” arrives in cinemas to emphasise the perilous nature of present day America and it’s far too recent shameful past. Detroit, 1967. The city is in the grip of growing discontent which is spilling over into racially-charged rioting driven by large scale disaffection and … Continue reading Detroit (2017) Review

The Revenant (2016) Review

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest offering sees yet another story ‘based on true events’ brought to life on the big screen. This time it’s ‘inspired by’ the true story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. When their expedition is attacked, a US Army sponsored fur trapping party look to experienced frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) … Continue reading The Revenant (2016) Review

The Maze Runner (2014) Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Adapted from James Dashner’s bestselling Young Adult Novel, “The Maze Runner” fares far better than the rest of the recent crop of YA movies thanks to an appealing cast and script which exploits the full range of mystery and drama from the film’s sinister premise. When Thomas finds himself deposited in a community … Continue reading The Maze Runner (2014) Review

We’re The Millers (2013) Review

“We’re The Millers” is an old fashioned road movie with a liberal sprinkling of modern comedy sensibilities. For a film so prominently featuring drugs, sex and money it’s actually quite sweet and innocent. Yes, there are risqué moments and a few coarse jokes, but it’s pretty vanilla when it comes to really pushing boundaries although … Continue reading We’re The Millers (2013) Review