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
Cliched and derivative, Silence of the Snow-lambs is a televisual slice of Scandi-noire detective fodder, so lacking any high notes that, despite Fassbender and Ferguson’s best efforts, you have to ask if we need yet another alcoholic maverick cop with issues, whose only USP is being Norwegian.
With a honking, melodramatic score underlining just how laughably un-scary a scary-faced calling-card snowman can be, it’s not just the plotting that looks like a Scooby-doo tribute act. Continue Reading
After a thirty-year wait, Denis Villenueve’s careful, intelligent follow up to the 80’s sci-fi classic delivers the reverential sequel the fans have been waiting for. Stepping into Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream universe, this lush, grim, weighty and literally soul-searching tale mines all the timeless themes that true science fiction has at it’s core. Continue Reading
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