Copshop (2021): a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Imagine if Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) had a sense of humour. I feel like maybe that was writer-director Joe Carnahan’s pitch to the studio. Or maybe he just said… imagine a deranged Toby Huss with a machine gun and a set of balloons, shooting up a police precinct. For those not in the know, Toby is best known from the superb TV show, Halt … Continue reading Copshop (2021): a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

This movie is… OK. I mean, it’s entertaining and heart-warming enough, albeit a bit scrappy in terms of storytelling and action. One point to note is that Ryan Reynolds does some of the best acting of his career, and puts real emotional weight into a couple of scenes. Something I never thought I’d say. This film was directed by Shawn Levy, who did Real Steel … Continue reading The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021): an adorable entry in the time loop genre

I was listening to an Empire magazine podcast about time loop movies recently, and they mentioned The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) as a film which is a rather lovely entry in the genre. Not long ago I’d seen Palm Springs (2020), another great time loop movie, and thoroughly enjoyed that. So the other day I thought, why not, if they think this one … Continue reading The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021): an adorable entry in the time loop genre

The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t believe reviews that give this movie a kicking, it’s not that bad. In fact, in parts it’s rather good. One reviewer said it’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of this franchise, which feels apt. In that it heavily references events from the first three movies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes less so. And therein lies the problem. Some fans were likely hoping … Continue reading The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Following the film’s release on Netflix, much has already been written about it, both good and bad. With the bad, it seems to be that critics are focusing on the comedy, saying it’s too ‘on the nose’. With the good, many are saying that this is less a satirical comedy and more a documentary of the times in which we find ourselves. Thus the comedy … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

How to talk about this movie without spoiling it? Because there’s a lot that could be spoilt. And if you go on Twitter for about five minutes you’ll unfortunately be subject to spoilers for a bunch of key emotional scenes and moments. But this was to be expected, because Spider-Man remains a big deal. And this can be demonstrated by the promising box office returns … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

The title of this review is possibly a weird way to begin, but we must set the scene. In this case, it’s the fact that before this movie even came out, critics and incel man babies decided to review bomb it, in order to get the Rotten Tomatoes rating score down. And they succeeded. Eternals is currently 47% at the time of writing. An abject … Continue reading Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok

I think if you approach this movie with the view, ‘it is what it is’, then you’ll have a fun time. It’s an adventure movie that’s kind of a throwback; in that it wants to be Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean. And no, it doesn’t come close to any of those (because they’re classics), but nevertheless it’s fairly fun. I mean… … Continue reading Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok

Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

You might get the sense, from the title of this review, that I didn’t love Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi novel. This is not the case, at least not entirely. There are things I loved about the film, for sure. But there’s also a lot that I struggled with, not least the fact that I found it hard to care about the … Continue reading Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel