Guy Richie’s King Arfur Daley is a geezer movie – think Lock Stock and One Smoking Excalibur. Too long, with too much going on and several parodic Richie fast-cut exposition sequences, it makes A Knight’s Tale look like pure Chaucer. And yet, despite the cringingly awful mockney-cockney banter, there’s good work from principal villain Vortigen (Jude Law) and chivalrous Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) to keep us watching. Continue Reading
A taut and efficient thriller from director Dennis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners), Sicario is embroiled in the US-Mexican drug war, as Emily Blunt’s DEA agent struggles to stay on the moral high ground as part of a covert intelligence task-force. It’s a dirty war with moral and physical hazard at every turn; violence is sudden and brutal.
Sicario (“hit man” in Spanish), shows it’s cards even from it’s very title and is obliged to switch focus from Blunt to Benicio Del Toro’s driven avenger. It’s a messy and distracting switch, and while Del Toro is at his best in years, there’s a bigger question over Blunt’s casting. Continue Reading
Patty Jenkins steers DC to it’s first decent movie hit but can’t avoid the cliches of a bash-smash-and-crash ending against a laughably unlikely villain.
One question remains, though; if Wonder Woman is such a feminist icon, why is she still dressed in a leather-bondage-showgirl outfit? Continue Reading
A workmanlike, if white-washed, live-action version of the classic animé fails to ignite, despite a lavish cyberpunk setting. Scarlett Johanssen copes admirably with future-shock existential moodling as The Major, but you can’t help but think the time for this came and went before either Robocops or Total Recalls. Or Dredds. Or… well, you get the picture. Continue Reading
We know from the poster that the titular accountant is a bit more than that; but even the alternative title The Autistic Assassin could have been more interesting than yet another middle-aged-guy-with-guns thriller we get by Act Three.
What begins as a promising drama of an autistic man with a troubled upbringing, Christian Wolff (double-f, presumably in sheep’s clothing, ha-ha) has Ben Affleck (BvS:DoJ, Gone Girl), pitching for Rain Man accolades. But his fledgeling romance with Anna Kendrick’s office worker soon descends into ho-hum action cliché. At least it’s not Taken or Costner’s Criminal enterprise. Continue Reading
It’s a bit late to tell you to see this on a big screen, but don’t let that stop you with the DVD, Blu-Ray or subscription; the latest from the J.K. Rowling Potter-verse is beautiful, thrilling, charming and delightfully eccentric; a knowingly commercial New York outing soaked in magical Britishness. And yes, the beasts are fantastic. So is Eddie Redmayne.
An aside from Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, authored by the brilliantly named Newt Scamander (Redmayne), launches into a new Potter-verse trilogy. It’s graduate-level Potter for the growing fan generation that’s also garnering new young fans with further wizarding adventures. Continue Reading
This altogether grown-up last outing for Hugh Jackman’s be-clawed anti-hero is bloody, sweary, extremely violent and shamelessly hammers home its’ Western roots, not only quoting from, but playing the finale of Shane. Jackman’s Wolverine, however, is stamped from the same Clint Eastwood mould as Unforgiven, and is his best performance in years.
With Patrick Stewart (X-men) in superb form as the ailing Professor Xavier, the trio of fugitives is rounded out by astonishing newcomer Dafne Keen as a ten-year-old mutant killing machine with claws…
On the run from assorted military bad guys, it’s an existential road trip to consider life, love, guilt, family and above all, redemption, as director James Mangold (3-10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) casts an Indie cloak over a comic-book juggernaut. Continue Reading