Reviews / 25.03.2021

After a year of cinema closures and release date delays, many have wondered what film will be successful in reviving box office numbers around the globe. Tenet couldn't do it. Wonder Woman 1984 tried its best. But they both arrived at a time when audiences were still reluctant to leave their homes. With the world tentatively taking its first steps into a new sense of normality, it may ultimately fall to two legendary pop culture icons to save cinema. If there ever was a film you need to see...

Reviews / 19.03.2021

Let's be honest; the 2017 version of Justice League was one of the biggest cinematic disappointments of the last decade. What should have been the glorious peak of the DC Extended Universe was ultimately a sloppy, disjointed mess that was the inevitable result of switching directors at the eleventh hour. After the tragic death of his daughter, Autumn, director Zack Snyder handed the project over to Joss Whedon and the rest is mostly remembered for the ghastly digital removal of Henry Cavill's moustache. Reshoots and script rewrites saw Justice...

Reviews / 19.03.2021

After the breath of fresh air that was WandaVision, the MCU returns to its roots with its next blockbuster Disney+ television series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Following in the footsteps of Wanda and co. will prove to be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the hugely popular series revived the public's interest in the Marvel universe after a total void of new content from Marvel Studios for more than 18 months. On the other, it set a new benchmark for daringly unique...

Reviews / 05.03.2021

In the late 1980s, practically every film Eddie Murphy touched turned into box office gold. 48 Hours, Trading Places, Harlem Nights, and Beverly Hills Cop were all hugely profitable titles. Heck, even The Golden Child cracked $150 million worldwide. But, at least in my opinion, the gold standard of his career has always been 1988's laugh-out-loud riot Coming to America. Even with its dated outfits and retro references, it still holds up tremendously well to this day. Nowadays, sequels to box office smash hits generally arrive within three-five years of...

Reviews / 02.03.2021

After a slight release date delay and a change in release strategy, Walt Disney Animation Studios is finally ready to unveil their 59th animated feature film. In what will stand as one of the first big blockbusters of 2021, Raya and the Last Dragon is the breath of fresh air we all need after months of lockdown. With all the hallmarks of classic Disney animation, it's a dazzling, entertaining delight that gifts the world a courageous new Disney heroine for the ages and a hilarious, loveable sidekick who...

Reviews / 26.02.2021

By virtue of their connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are now officially the second-most commercially successful film directors of all time behind Steven Spielberg. Naturally, that figure is a touch slanted, given more than half their total box office earnings belong to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In a bid to break away from the MCU, the Russo brothers offer their first non-Marvel film since 2006's You, Me and Dupree. Unfortunately, it's a catastrophic mess. Drowning in overstylisation that's more akin to...

Reviews / 23.02.2021

After struggling through almost a decade of development hell, co-writer/director Joe Carnahan's vision of making Groundhog Day as an action film is finally here. A passion project Carnahan and actor Frank Grillo has been desperately attempting to get off the ground since late 2012, Boss Level is a video game-like twist on the age-old time-loop genre. You're probably rolling your eyes at the thought of another entry in this overused conceit (especially after Palm Springs shattered the mould last year), but this unashamedly violent and occasionally hilarious riot is actually...

Reviews / 22.02.2021

Another cinematic casualty of the disastrous year that was 2020, the vacation romp Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar was originally planned as a giddy piece of summer season fun. But, as we'd all like to forget, summer was all but cancelled last year, and, thus, it's now been dropped at a time when blissful holidays are still a distant dream for most of the world. Maybe now is the perfect moment for such a glorious piece of escapist cinema. Lord knows we could all use...

Awards Season, Reviews / 20.02.2021

Can a song incite a revolution? That's the inherent question floating behind Lee Daniels' messy, bloated biopic, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, that seeks to capture the troubled life of a music legend but gets lost amongst Daniels' penchant for extravagance and melodrama. The powerful story is there, especially for those unfamiliar with Holiday's battles with drugs, men, and the FBI. But Daniels' frustrating direction, chaotic pacing, and a ghastly screenplay derail what could have been a terrific film. Thankfully, this disappointing biopic is saved by the...

Reviews / 18.02.2021

Back in 2014, Rosamund Pike should have won an Academy Award for her sensational performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl. If not for the Julianne Moore "overdue" freight train, Pike would have easily waltzed away with that Best Actress Oscar. Seven years later, she's back with an equally icy femme fatale who would undoubtedly give Amy Dunne a run for her money. In J. Blakeson's terrifically entertaining and deliciously wicked thriller, I Care a Lot, Pike reminds us why she came within an inch of Oscar glory and...