Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

If, as seems the case, remakes and reboots of cherished films are to continue to pour forth, it is worth hoping that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sets a standard. Not the top-class grade, by any means, but logical and justifiable enough to leave the franchise relatively unharmed. This film brings its titular game into the … Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Star Wars Battlefront II

Campaigns are overrated. DICE's vignettes in Battlefield 1 were  enjoyable but fleeting and over-praised - that game's multiplayer was its heart, a situation familiar to the developer's fans. In Battlefront II again the highly advertised and teased single player offering is pointless and short lived - admittedly with some decent budget behind it. The game charts the story … Continue reading Star Wars Battlefront II

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Not every supernatural thriller looks like one, and Yorgos Lanthimos' newest film sneaks its farfetchedness through with a superb use of tone and mood; it is a frightening and unsettling success. Colin Farrell returns from the Greek director's underbaked and overpraised The Lobster, playing Steven, a successful cardiologist with an American-dream family. Nicole Kidman is his … Continue reading The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Thor Ragnarok

When it comes to recipes for success, Marvel would doubtless resent the suggestion that they need advice - they're billions of dollars into their grand cinematic project, with few signs of letup. However, their films are undeniably homogenising, the distinctions between them blurring. In giving Thor Ragnarok to director Taika Waititi they have taken a bold step … Continue reading Thor Ragnarok

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Having a niche is no crime. Noah Baumbach has made an impressive career thus far from sharply-written tragi-comedies of American upper class angst, and he shows no signs of letting up. The Meyerowitz Stories is another addition to this oeuvre, and is an enjoyable and affecting, if familiar, entry. Replying loosely to the broken-home scenario … Continue reading The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)