Shazam!

Shazam

An orphaned teenager gains the ability to become an adult superhero from a dying Wizard in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! Warner Brothers have been working tirelessly to salvage the DC movie franchise after several critical and financial disappointments. It was clear their grim and joyless approach wasn’t working but steps have been taken to correct that…

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe heads back to the 90s to introduce a new superhero in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel. Avengers: Endgame is mere weeks away but in the meantime Marvel take the opportunity to introduce a character who will be important in that film. Marvel often excel in bringing characters to life…

Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day

Tree Gelbman faces another round of time loop shenanigans when she finds herself stuck reliving the same day once again in Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day 2U. Happy Death Day was a nice surprise. I didn’t see it until fairly recently and was really impressed with it. The cast was good, it was self aware…

Alita: Battle Angel

Alita

A deactivated cyborg is revived and rebuilt with no memory of her past so goes on a quest to learn the truth about herself in Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel. Adaptations of Japanese Anime and Manga have been fairly poorly received over the years. The most recent example was Ghost in the Shell; a film…

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Dragon

Change threatens the harmony between Humans and Dragon in Dean DeBlois’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The How to Train Your Dragon franchise numbers among the strongest animated franchises with two previous entries that are roughly equal in quality and polish as well as a collection of series on Netflix that definitely have an…

Aquaman

Aquaman

James Wan’s Aquaman follows on from Jason Momoa’s full introduction of the character in 2017’s Justice League to flesh him out with his own adventure. Nobody knows if there’s such a thing as a DC Extended Universe any more but that isn’t stopping Warner Brothers making films featuring those characters. Aquaman was already well into production by the…

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins

The magical nanny returns to assist the Banks family in Rob Marshall’s long delayed sequel Mary Poppins Returns. Before beginning the review properly I feel it’s worth pointing out that I have no real memory for the original Mary Poppins. It’s a film I saw when I was really young and haven’t seen since so I wasn’t…

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

The Transformers franchise receives the prequel/reboot treatment in Travis Knight’s Bumblebee. Transformers is a franchise that has become popular to hate over the years with many of the negative opinions being attributed to decisions that director Michael Bay made. Many say that they are racially insensitive, sexist, juvenile and overflowing with incomprehensible action that audiences…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man

Spider-Man enters the world of cinematic animation in Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman’s reality hopping Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Audiences have seen a number of versions of Spider-Man since the 2002 Sam Raimi film set the world on fire and elevated interest in the character to a whole new level. We’re on our…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts

The Harry Potter franchise continues to expand its scope in David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t a bad film by any stretch. It was a little sloppy and unfocused but overall it had a great deal of potential. The Harry Potter franchise has infinite scope…