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
Denis Villeneuve gets the award for most intelligent film of 2016 with this thoughtful, understated sci-fi of first contact with an alien race. Uncompromising, alienating and alienated, Arrival is the antidote to all those crash-bang-zap alien invasion movies of the last decade.
In a script that Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov or Philip K. Dick would admire, Villeneuve’s unreliable narrative plays with time; what’s a flashback and what’s present – or indeed future?
Oh, and Amy Adams again proves she’s one of the best actresses of her generation. 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
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
Dino-franchise Jaws-with-Claws continues to repeat itself with a basic remake of Jurassic Park on a grand scale. You can more or less tick off scene-for-scene as the excuse for ever more spectacular CGI dino-porn trumps any attempt at wit or originality. No mistake, the technical achievement of life-like dinosaurs is stunning and you get an awful lot of dino for your money – which is all this thing is interested in – your money.
It’s a well-worn formula of Irwin Allen dino-disasters in the dino-resort gone horribly wrong, yet again, as two adults and two kids try not to get eaten by the escaped, genetically modified uber-rex. Some wag decided in a script meeting to give a character the pitch-line for the movie “we need more teeth” as actual dialogue… Continue Reading