Detroit

Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit delivers a snapshot of the Detroit Rebellion by largely focusing on a specific event in 1967. The event in question was the murder of three young African American men in the Algiers Motel. A large part of the film takes place in the Algiers Motel and details the terrifying situation that had…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian

Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets explores a sprawling, intricately designed science fiction universe through the eyes of two government law enforcement officers. On this surface this film is really standard stuff as the main plot revolves around space cops trying to solve a broadly uninteresting mystery that holds the key…

The Emoji Movie

Emoji

A “Meh” Emoji struggles with being different when he is identified as a malfunction once his ability to express different emotions is identified in Tony Leondis’ The Emoji Movie. This film takes place largely inside the phone of a teenage boy where Emojis wait patiently to be used and have their likenesses sent to other people….

47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down

Vacationing sisters have their holiday turn deadly when they find themselves trapped in a cage at the bottom of the ocean with dwindling air and circling Sharks to contend with in Johannes Roberts’ 47 Meters Down. Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are sisters with opposite personalities. The cautious label is placed on Lisa…

The Big Sick

Big Sick

Michael Showalter tells the true life tale of a mixed race relationship that weathers cultural differences and a serious illness in The Big Sick. There are a lot of striking things about this love story such as the lead being played by the man who experienced it. Kumail Nanjiana plays himself in the fictionalised account…

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan tells the true life tale of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation also known as “Operation Dynamo” where nearly 400,000 soldiers were successfully evacuated in Dunkirk. The scale of this event makes it tricky to commit to film since it took place over a relatively large period of time and involved many different moving parts…

War for the Planet of the Apes

Apes

The saga started in Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes to an end in Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes. I’ve been a huge fan of these films since the first one. Taking a well known concept like Planet of the Apes and turning it on its head to focus…

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man

Marvel’s latest outing brings their most marketable character into the fold with Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. The level of anticipation for this movie was off the charts. I’m talking both as a fan of this character and the Marvel movies but also as someone who lives on this planet. Spider-Man’s extended cameo in Captain America:…

Baby Driver

Preview screenings are a blessing and a curse. The promise of seeing something before anyone else is so intoxicating that you almost always go, but as a result you can never be too sure on the quality of the product that is being used to entice you through the doors. So it was with some…

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers

Michael Bay brings us another dose of giant robot action in his fifth entry to the Transformers cinematic canon; Transformers: The Last Knight. Anyone who has seen any of these movies before this one will know the drill. Nothing about this is any different nor is there any real desire to reinvent what has come…