The time has come to say goodbye to one of the most successful and ambitious franchises in cinema history. With a three-hour spectacle to wrap up this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is the blockbuster fans have been aching for. It's taken us 11 years and 22 films to arrive at this point. Thankfully, the wait has been entirely worthwhile. Curb your anxiety at the door. Marvel Studios have done it again. With a moving impact few blockbusters could ever hope to deliver and an array...

Just one week after the superhero genre gave us a Big-style blockbuster with Shazam!, we're being offered up a by-the-numbers reverse version. Taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks classic, Little flips the age transformation and genre of its protagonist, which, for better or worse, is mildly refreshing.  By all accounts, this was the brainchild of young star Marsai Martin, who pitched the idea after seeing Big for the first time at the age of 10 and thus now becomes the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history, making your 10-year-old look entirely lazy. It's...

It's been a rocky road for the DC Extended Universe. From the dizzying delights of Wonder Woman to the hyper-colour mess of Suicide Squad. From the delicious ridiculousness of Aquaman to the dark and sloppy disaster of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And it's hard to forget what should have been their crowning glory but was perhaps their worst misstep with Justice League. Constantly compared to their rivals at Marvel Studios (a reminder it's okay to like both cinematic universes), it's been a case of one step forward,...

As we head towards our ninth year of Disney live-action re-imaginings, we're starting to reach the point of exhaustion, particularly when we realise we've got not one, not two, but three of them in 2019. These films represent a cash cow for the studio they simply cannot ignore. Audiences keep turning out in droves to watch the animated films of their childhood reworked into visual spectacles that have mostly artistically failed more than they've soared. Few films from my youth have meant more to me than the tale of...

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken many interesting turns over the last few years. We've seen the dazzling efforts of Ryan Coogler to inject Black Panther with an authenticity that provided black cinematic representation like never before. We've witnessed the quirky adventures of lesser-known entities like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. And we've seen the culmination of the entire franchise with last year's gloriously devastating Avengers: Infinity War. In 2019, Marvel Studios maps a course through uncharted territory by finally placing a female character as the lead in their latest...

When a big-budget blockbuster is pulled from its coveted Christmas release spot and dumped in mid-February, you tend to assume the worst. Even more so when that film cost $200 million and is written and produced by the man responsible for the two highest-grossing films of all time. Something didn't quite add up and disaster loomed for Alita: Battle Angel. While not quite the catastrophe many have feared, the film is far from the triumph it may have been, resulting in a muddled piece of cinema that's equal parts...

Male politicians have been succumbing to their libidos for decades now, so the portrait of a political sex scandal is hardly groundbreaking fodder for a piece of cinema. But the intriguing story of 1988 U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart and the affair that destroyed his campaign stands apart by way of being one of the earliest examples of the press finally breaking the unspoken rule of turning a blind eye to such indiscretions under the guise of such stories being in the "public's interest." It's just a shame...

Anyone in need of an antidote of reality after the fluffy fantasy of Green Book need look no further than director George Tillman, Jr.'s compelling and powerful drama The Hate U Give that demands to be heard. Perfectly capturing the current dire state of race relations in the U.S. and the neverending wave of deaths of innocent young black men at the hands of trigger-happy policemen, a wave of furious anger rightly burns throughout this film, and it's highly likely you'll leave with that fire pulsing through your...

The film that's divided America finally arrives in Australia. With a swag of precursor awards season success including winning Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (it's neither, by the way) at the Golden Globes, taking home the prestigious Producer's Guild of America trophy, and now receiving five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Green Book has all the hallmarks of a new American classic. But dig a little deeper and you'll soon discover this "feel-good" film is problematic as all hell, making its adoration by awards season...

In an awards season dominated by powerful female performances, the chance to see two fierce Queens go head-to-head sounds like a tantalising opportunity. In director Josie Rourke's debut film Mary Queen of Scots, the epic showdown promised within the film's somewhat misleading advertising never quite materialises. In its place is a revisionist feminist tale fraught with pacing issues that takes a tad too many liberties with history for the sake of spicing up its narrative, leaving us with a decidedly uneven piece of cinema. Saved by the performances of...