In 2008, writer/director Martin McDonagh announced his arrival in a major way with the delicious black comedy caper In Bruges. As far as directorial debuts go, it's up there with the best. The film also proved quirky indie films were where Colin Farrell truly belonged, particularly after a series of disappointing big-budget blockbusters (remember Alexander?). The pairing of Farrell and veteran character actor Brendan Gleeson was a match made in heaven and fans of this modern cult classic have been clamouring for a reunion ever since. Their prayers have...

A new film starring the ever-reliable Viola Davis is always cause for celebration (and awards season murmurs). And, as expected, she's delivered the goods yet again with another commanding performance in the rousing crowd-pleaser The Woman King. Get ready to hear Davis' name a lot this season. She's coming for her fifth Oscar nomination. An old-fashioned blockbuster in the same wheelhouse as films like Gladiator, Spartacus, and Braveheart, The Woman King stands taller by virtue of offering a Black female-led narrative we simply haven't seen before. Equally a thrilling historical...

We've all experienced eating a meal across from an insufferable "foodie" at some point in recent times. You know the type. The ones who use words like "fusion," "umami," and "artisanal" to sound uber-knowledgable in the world of fine dining. They're as quick to pull out their phone and snap an Insta-worthy pic of the dish in front of them as they are to praise a chef for their bold use of bizarre ingredients once more likely to be found on the back of a dog food packet....

A story about a gay man with commitment issues is hardly groundbreaking narrative fodder. Still, it is a damn near revelation when it's at the forefront of a theatrical release from a major studio. That's the history-making background of Bros, the first gay romantic comedy from a mainstream distributor to feature an almost-exclusively LGBTQ+ cast and starring and co-written by an openly gay man. Yes, it's taken a bloody long time to arrive at this point. Too long, in fact. Thankfully, the film is an absolute triumph. Hysterically amusing...

It's the simplest films that often hit you the hardest. It's what occurs when a filmmaker is confident enough to trust the power of the written word and the strength of their cast to create something special. There's no gimmick or twist. Just an impeccably crafted screenplay delivered by actors at the top of their craft and a director who knows how to get the best out of them. That's precisely the case with Sarah Polley's Women Talking; a raw, intimate, and utterly compelling chamber piece you won't...

For all intents and purposes, the Predator franchise was dead. For decades, many have tried earnestly to recapture the magic of the 1987 original. Every sequel and reboot has paled in comparison to what John McTiernan created 35 years ago. The final nail in this saga's coffin appeared to arrive in 2018 with Shane Black's surprisingly god-awful The Predator. But the folks at 20th Century Studios refused to let the alien beast rest in peace. Shockingly, it's proved to be the right decision. Enter director Dan Trachtenberg and screenwriter...

After 28 films over the last 14 years, it's highly likely you've made up your mind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by now. For those still completely on board with the most successful film franchise in cinema history (and, judging by the staggering box office returns of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that's a lot of you), it's time for film #29 and the second of three MCU titles in 2022. For better or worse, Thor: Love and Thunder follows a very similar formula to that of...

The popularity of Elvis Presley has barely waned in the four decades since his untimely passing in 1977. That's why it's rather unfathomable it's taken this long for a big-budget biopic to come along. But the moment has finally arrived and how you react to Baz Lurhmann's Elvis will likely depend on your opinion of his past work. If you're a fan of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gatsby, this equally lavish extravaganza should be right up your alley. For better or worse, Luhrmann has an auteurial...

Back in 1995, Amy Heckerling reimagined Jane Austen's Emma into one of the greatest teenage comedies of all time, Clueless. The film and Heckerling's quietly brilliant screenplay ultimately highlighted the timeless nature of Austen's writing and how her characters and narratives can be plonked into a modern setting and miraculously still work flawlessly. Taking a cue from Heckerling, stand-up comedian/actor Joel Kim Booster has taken Austen's Pride and Prejudice and deftly spun it into one of the best gay rom-coms of recent times. A gorgeous ode to the power of friendship and a...

In 1995, Andy got a toy from his favourite movie. This is that movie. With these two opening sentences, Pixar instantly establishes the initially confusing context behind Lightyear; a Toy Story spin-off that's not quite a prequel in the purest sense. These are not the adventures of the beloved toy voiced by Tim Allen over the course of four near-perfect films. It's an origin story of a character we have technically never met. It's the movie that inspired the toy in the movies that we know and love. While Lightyear can't quite...

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