Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg brings a digital world to life in his adaptation of the wannabe cult classic novel Ready Player One. I’ll start with a brief overview of my feelings on the novel. In short I think it’s an easy read but has several fundamental problems that prevent it from ever being good. The characters are…

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander takes on the role of iconic video game adventurer Lara Croft to deliver an origin story for the character in Road Uthaug’s Tomb Raider. This isn’t Lara Croft’s first outing on the big screen. Angelina Jolie wielded the twin pistols back in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel Lara Croft…

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

A teenage girl and her brother try to survive when parents start inexplicably trying to kill their kids in violent and brutal ways in Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad. This isn’t the sort of film that any serious thought should be applied to because there is clearly no motivation to pay an awful lot of…

Please Stand By

Please Stand By

An autistic Star Trek fan runs away from her caregiver to cross the country so that her entry to a writing competition can be submitted before the deadline in Ben Lewin’s Please Stand By. As a Star Trek fan this film was simply something I had to see. The immediate concern might be how accessible…

Black Panther

Black Panther

The Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the last stop on the long road to Avengers: Infinity War with Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. There’s no denying that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unstoppable juggernaut of films celebrating how interconnected they are and the fact that they are all building towards clear conclusions. With this being the…

When We First Met

When We First Met

A man relives the day he met the woman of his dreams over and over again in an attempt to perfect the experience so that she falls in love with him in Ari Sandel’s When We First Met. At first glance the subject matter of this film might seem really problematic as it can easily…

Early Man

Early Man

A tribe of cavemen challenge a Bronze Age civilisation to a game of Football -or Soccer- to prevent their valley from being turned into a mine in Nick Park’s Early Man. In many ways Early Man feels like as much of a relic of a bygone age as the characters who inhabit the film. The…

The Cloverfield Paradox

Cloverfield

Netflix surprises viewers with a new entry in the mysterious Cloverfield franchise with Julius Onah’s outer space thriller The Cloverfield Paradox. I’d happily go on record saying that I really like the Cloverfield franchise. Before this entry it consisted of two movies that don’t seem to connect to each other unless you read lots of…

The Shape of Water

Water

Guillermo Del Toro delivers an unconventional love story between a mute and a mysterious sea creature in The Shape of Water. This film immediately stands out as being somewhat daring because it has a mute protagonist. There’s a skill to presenting a character who never says a word and making them engaging to a wide audience….

The Commuter

Commuter

An insurance salesman is dragged into a criminal conspiracy on his usual train home in Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter. Liam Neeson has carved out a niche as an older action hero since 2008’s Taken. He has been in a variety of action movies that have varied in quality since and this outing is reportedly the…