There are times when a film critic is asked to review some strange pieces of cinema, but none are perhaps stranger this year than Once Upon a Deadpool, a rather bizarre holiday re-release of Deadpool 2 bereft of the swearing, sexual content, blood, and gore that's become this anti-Marvel franchise's calling card. "Why?" you may ask. Honestly, I'm really not quite sure. Since this film was plonked onto the theatrical schedule back in September, there have been a few theories. Some have suggested this is all to do with...

Join millions of other users and venture into a sparkling virtual world filled with flashy adventures, dark corners, and an endless cameo parade of beloved pop culture characters from past and present, as the daring male protagonist battles to save this potential utopia from an unstoppable evil force. Hang on. Haven't we done that already this year? And it wasn't particularly good? Thankfully, there's much more to Ralph Breaks the Internet than the lazy nostalgia fluff and pop culture reference overload that made Ready Player One so agonisingly disappointing. Standing as...

After an impressive and enjoyable first film, the Transformers franchise quickly became one of the most overbloated and nauseating sagas of recent times, typified by last year's nonsensical entry The Last Knight, which this film critic would have no hesitation in calling the absolute worst film of the last five (or more) years. With director Michael Bay's penchant for bigger and louder explosions and visually incomprehensible robot-on-robot warfare, each film seemed insistent on leaving its audience with a bigger migraine than its predecessor. They served their purpose (i.e. they...

As I say every single year, predicting the Golden Globes is fraught with problems. They are the most unpredictable awards of the season, and there's really no knowing what wacky choices they'll make this year. There's always a few picks from out of nowhere plus a few mega-celebrity nominations, based solely on the hope they'll show up to the ceremony. But in a season without a solid Best Picture frontrunner and an already topsy-turvy pre-season, these nominations could actually make or break a few Oscar campaigns. Good lord. It's...

Superhero movies are a dime a dozen these days. We're reaching peak fatigue, thanks to at least half a dozen comic book adaptations being dished up every year. Marvel Studios has found its formula, which, for better or worse, they're bluntly sticking to. DC is still finding its way with a mixed bag of recent films that succeed as often as they fail (cue the wrath of DC fanboys). At this point, any superhero film that dares step outside the box feels like a rush of adrenaline to...

In 2015, writer/director Ryan Coogler resurrected the tired Rocky franchise with Creed, a spin-off/reboot/re-whatever-you-wanna-call-it that wisely shifted the focus away from Rocky Balboa and, in the process, felt like a genuine breath of fresh air. With a screenplay bursting full of life, a star-making turn from Michael B. Jordan, and breathtaking cinematography capturing dazzling fight choreography, it stood as one of that year's best films, even if the Academy didn't seem to think so. After an impressive box office result, a sequel was all but assured. With Black Panther...

The year in cinema has already yielded one female-led heist film. However, the stylish ladies of Ocean's 8 are about to be blown out of the water by the sensational ensemble cast (headed by three terrific actresses) of Widows. The latest film from Steve McQueen slyly presents itself as your everyday popcorn thriller but ultimately flips the well-worn crime caper genre right on its head. You didn't really think a filmmaker like McQueen would play it safe, did you? The heist is just one element of McQueen's complex narrative, which...

The best-selling novels that became an acclaimed Swedish film trilogy that became an Oscar-winning Hollywood remake returns. But, it's 2018, so naturally, this means it's time for a soft reboot. The latest adventure of the gothic anti-heroine with the dragon tattoo is given a fresh coat of paint, care of a new leading lady and director (because, hey, Rooney Mara and David Fincher are so easily replaceable, right?) and a screenplay based on the only book not penned by series creator, the late Stieg Larsson. What could possibly...

Coming out as gay to your parents is never easy. Coming out as gay to your deeply religious parents takes the experience to a whole new level of anxiety. For all the inspiring progress made for the LBGTQI community over the last few decades, religion has often remained bluntly and stubbornly steadfast in its damning stance that homosexuality is a mortal sin queer people choose for themselves. This view takes a nastier turn into extremist territory with the archaic practice of gay conversion therapy as a treatment method to...

I must preface this piece by stating you're likely going to see plenty of film critics giving Suspiria a rave review. Some may even give it five stars. The word "masterpiece" will probably be thrown around more than a few times. And that's entirely fine. For an arthouse film like this, reactions are bound to be hugely varied. Much like last year's mother! (which I loved), this will no doubt stand as the year's most divisive film. As I always say, an opinion of a film is entirely subjective. No...