A quiet, still, French coming of age drama centres on a bisexual teenager exploring her feelings in an early relationship with a young female artist.
It’s an understated drama of existential moodling in the finest French tradition, but, being French, isn’t exactly shy about depicting the two leads ‘getting along famously’ in a couple of extended love scenes. Continue Reading
It’s the screen-rant that wouldn’t go away; so, much pondered and delayed, here it is: Focus, the empty, immoral, too-smart-for-its-own-good crime ‘romp’ that lacks, er, focus…
Focus attempts to add a glossy new specimen to the ambitious but mostly disappointing canon of long-con heist movies, tilting at the empty Ocean‘s franchise audience with a trail of overwrought ‘twists’ in this unreliable, anything-can-happen-but-actually-doesn’t tale. Margo Robbie is the bright light that makes you notice how uneven, disjointed and curiously flat this is, that not even the star power of watchable Will Smith can save it. Continue Reading
“What if Debbie Harry had been a British spy in the run up to the fall of the Berlin Wall? This is the entire basis of Atomic Blonde‘s derivative Tinker-Tailor hokum meets video-rental exploitation, with Charlize Theron alternately looking magazine-cover cool or battered senseless in gratuitously over-the-top action sequences. It’s hardly feminism’s finest moment. Continue Reading
If you like cool, retro-feel, heist-caper movies with a retro jukebox sound track, Michael Mann-style shoot-outs and a compelling central character, then Baby Driver is one for you. There’s a direct line between this and 70’s classics such as Vanishing Point, The Getaway and The Driver, right up to Winding-Refn’s Drive. What could have been merely a ‘me-too’ knock-off is strong enough to stand on it’s own. Continue Reading
Since the two Guardian‘s movies made a pile of cash, every Marvel movie now has to look and sound like Guardians; hence the third instalment of Thor is a gargantuan smash-bash-and-crash sci-fi comedy that ditches the mythic sweep of Dark World in favour of waspish one-liners a la Big Bang Theory in an early franchise reboot. Droll Kiwi actor-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, ‘Wilderpeople, Moana) is a fine choice if this flavour of comic-book action floats your spaceship. Hip, flip and glib, The Dark Knight this ain’t. Continue Reading
Saoirse Ronan dazzles in this unabashedly romantic adaptation of the Colm Tóibín coming-of-age novel as a reluctant Irish migrant. A top supporting cast adds weight to a flat screenplay, with the exception of love interest Tony, veering between puppy-dog innocent Italian boy, and stalker-ish would-be serial killer. No wonder our Soairse has a Sliding Doors moment back in Ireland. Continue Reading