Rampage

Three animals are exposed to an experimental pathogen and balloon up to city destroying size in Brad Peyton’s Rampage. Video game adaptations aren’t exactly cinematic gold. They are routinely met with mixed to negative reactions and are generally regarded as being an unworkable concept. My personal opinion is that for the most part they aren’t…

A Quiet Place

A family is forced to live in near total silence to hide from creatures that hunt by sound in John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. Right from the off it’s very clear that a lot of thought went into this film. The idea of being inhumanly quiet to survive is just the sort of high concept…

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Steven S. Deknight brings audiences another dose of giant robot on giant monster action in Pacific Rim: Uprising. The first Pacific Rim is a divisive film in that many people love it and many others hate it. I’m firmly on the side of those that love it and recently appeared on a podcast devoted to…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…