After the staggering critical and commercial success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, you have to feel sympathy for the next film in line from Sony Pictures' Marvel universe. That unfortunate mantle falls to the dreadfully disappointing Morbius; a flat, dull mess of a blockbuster that commits the cardinal cinematic sin of being unfathomably boring. Led by a genuinely lifeless performance from Jared Leto and drowning in a turgid disarray of CGI, it's a forgettable experience that does little to justify its existence. Dr. Michael Morbius (Leto) is a gifted biochemist...

Against all the odds and early vicious online vitriol, 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog was a surprise smash hit to the tune of more than $300 million worldwide. And, I'll admit, I certainly enjoyed it more than I thought possible. The film luckily snuck into cinemas just before a global shutdown and its sequel arrives as life (and box office figures) appear to be returning to normal. Every bit as goofy, silly, and loud as its predecessor, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is good harmless fun that kids and fans...

In their illustrious 27-year history, Pixar Animation Studios has intelligently covered many pertinent topics. From mental health and grief to environmentalism and the meaning of life, their bravery in tackling themes other animation studios wouldn't dare touch has always been one of their greatest strengths. It should come as no surprise to learn their latest effort, Turning Red offers a portrait of something we've never seen in animation before; the perils of puberty. Shrewdly utilising an ancient curse as a smart metaphor for the uncontrollable changes one's body experiences in...

Less than six years since Ben Affleck inherited the mantle from Christian Bale, the time has already come for another actor to don the infamous Batman cowl. After the disappointing critical and commercial reaction to both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Warner Bros. struck gold with Todd Phillips' bitterly divisive but hugely successful Joker spin-off. They're clearly chasing that lightning in a bottle again with Matt Reeves' dark detective drama The Batman. And, just like Joker, the response is bound to be incongruous. Brace...

With another spectacular line-up of nominees, picking the winners for this year's The Jam Awards has been a typically difficult task. Alas, decisions must be made, and, after much deliberation, the winners have been decided. So without further ado, let The 8th Annual Jam Awards commence! Best Music Moment And the nominees were: "Edgar's Prayer" in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar "Both Sides Now" in CODA "We Don't Talk About Bruno" in Encanto "96,000" in In the Heights "Sunday" in tick, tick...

Despite all the inroads of studios like Pixar, Disney, and Sony Pictures, feature-length animated films are still mostly considered a genre of cinema made for children. It's a moderately fair generalisation for a style of film that began as pure family entertainment. That's why it's always such a thrill to see a filmmaker utilise animation in a decidedly adult manner. A brilliant fusion of documentary filmmaking and striking animation to uniquely deliver a compelling true story, Flee is simply extraordinary. It's not just an exceptional documentary or an...

Now in its eighth (!) year, The Jam Awards are back to celebrate the best of cinema in 2021. While it was another year of covid-induced uncertainty, the film world still served up a delicious buffet of terrific movies. Some debuted in theatres. Others went straight to streaming. But no matter how you viewed them, they made their impact. It's always a pleasure to take a look back at the year that was and honour the finest achievements in cinema. So without further ado, here are the nominations for...

A film that runs for three hours can be a test of endurance, especially if it's doing little to validate the need for such an extensive running time. In most cases, it's a textbook example of a director failing to grasp the concept of editing. Less can sometimes be more. Then a filmmaker like Ryûsuke Hamaguchi comes along and somehow three hours float by without one even noticing. Such is the case with Hamaguchi's Drive My Car. A perfectly paced and exquisitely crafted masterpiece, this is an astonishing...

After watching films for the better part of three decades, one would think I'd have learned by now not to judge a book by its cover. I will freely admit to having the absolute lowest of expectations of Marry Me; the breezy new love story starring the oddball romantic pairing of Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. On paper, nothing about Marry Me makes a lick of sense, particularly its utterly ludicrous premise and unexpected casting choices. Yet, despite all the odds, everything miraculously works remarkably well. Colour me entirely surprised...

Way back in January 2020 (aka the good ol' days), Disney released a series of Asian-inspired posters to celebrate Chinese New Year and promote their entire slate of 2020 theatrical releases. You can see the irony, right? Just two months later, a virus originating from China would see that very release schedule completely wiped clean and every single title either dumped on Disney's streaming platform or postponed for 12-18 months. One film caught up in this chaos was Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile, but it was just...