The Captor review – Ethan Hawke’s Hilariously Charming Reservoir Dogs-like Film

Ethan Hawke returns to the big screen with a sure-fire bang. After a great 2018 with Hawke garnering acclaim off of his performance in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. His latest, The Captor is an intriguing dark comedy laced with infectious energy. It is uniquely stylish and Hawke gives one of 2019’s best performances so far. … Continue reading The Captor review – Ethan Hawke’s Hilariously Charming Reservoir Dogs-like Film

Toy Story 4 review – An Impeccable Tale of Heart-Wrench and Hilarity

Although not born at the releases of the first two, Toy Story holds such a nostalgic place to me and many of the children of the early 2000's. The fourth installment comes nine years after the excellence that was Toy Story 3, it delivers a worthy entry just as great as the others. Like the … Continue reading Toy Story 4 review – An Impeccable Tale of Heart-Wrench and Hilarity

Brightburn review – An Evil Jaw-dropping Twist on Superman

What if Superman was a psychopath? The subversion of the traditional origin story acts as ground work for this horrifying and lean horror film. Produced by Guardians of The Galaxy's James Gunn and directed by the terrific David Yarovesky, Brightburn takes time to build atmosphere and tension, utilising effective horror tropes to create sheer horror … Continue reading Brightburn review – An Evil Jaw-dropping Twist on Superman

Men in Black: International review – Paper-thin and A Mess of Nothingness

Men In Black International is a messy mash-up of corporate nothingness. Coming off a rocky few sequels with redeeming qualities, this reboot is utter tosh. There is no real oomph, it is lifeless and dull with very few good qualities. Casting Hemsworth and Thompson, a duo that should have chemistry, results almost robot-like in their … Continue reading Men in Black: International review – Paper-thin and A Mess of Nothingness

The Nightingale review – A Masterpiece Revenge Tale of Grief | Sundance London 2019

An unforgiving grief stricken revenge tale of mythic properties. Jennifer Kent's second feature is a unforgettable triumph, confined to Academy ratio, we are launched into a world of staggering horror and atrocities of devilish qualities. A historic gothic that defines Kent as a director at the height of her masterful powers, an ongoing sense of … Continue reading The Nightingale review – A Masterpiece Revenge Tale of Grief | Sundance London 2019

Apollo 11 review – A Mesmerising Odyssey | Sundance London 2019

The first part of the film I found myself asking, is this real? Was the footage new? The vibrance and restoration of these never-seen-before shots are startlingly beautiful and unlike any documentary footage I've seen. There is a lack of traditional documentary technique, Apollo 11 is almost entirely using found-footage and reminds of Asif Kapadia's … Continue reading Apollo 11 review – A Mesmerising Odyssey | Sundance London 2019

Godzilla: King of The Monsters review – A Monster Extravaganza That Shines on Kaiju and Fails Humans

King of The Monsters is the third film in a good-standing franchise of monster films. I am very fond of Kong: Skull Island, to which gets referenced but is barely connected. That sense of disconnection allows it to focus on Godzilla, but painstakingly bright is its errors in all the brilliant monster action. King of … Continue reading Godzilla: King of The Monsters review – A Monster Extravaganza That Shines on Kaiju and Fails Humans

The Farewell review – An Overwhelming Sledgehammer of a Film | Sundance London 2019

Based on an actual lie, The Farewell is an overwhelming tragicomedy that hits you with a sledgehammer punch of emotions. This film is intensely personal for the director, Lulu Wang - filming took place in her own Grandmother's town, Changchun in China. It is truly bittersweet, scattered with a slew of hysterical moments and contrasting … Continue reading The Farewell review – An Overwhelming Sledgehammer of a Film | Sundance London 2019

Aladdin review – Naomi Scott Soars in This Staggeringly Wondrous Musical

Aladdin is a staggeringly energetic musical, that is ravishingly extravagant and full of life. Adapted from the 1992 Disney classic, this twist takes new steps forward - including an enchanting new song for Jasmine. Naomi Scott is a powerhouse presence from scene to scene and people critising Will Smith before watching will be eating their … Continue reading Aladdin review – Naomi Scott Soars in This Staggeringly Wondrous Musical

High Life review – An Intoxicatingly Beautiful Space Odyssey

Claire Denis's odyssey High Life is an intoxicatingly beautiful and sensual experience of intimacy. Set in the far future, we are presented with a non-linear narrative that unfolds the horrors and beauties of life in space. Taking place in a pressurised spacecraft, Denis tackles the the question of what it means to be human. Relations … Continue reading High Life review – An Intoxicatingly Beautiful Space Odyssey