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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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)

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is a multifaceted surprise; that this picture was made at all is an unlikeliness to rival its improbable quality. A sequel to a complex and then-underappreciated box office flop, its subtlety and patience are testament to a film-making enterprise which may not have been purely motivated by financial gain, for once. Denis Villeneuve … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049