Elvis

I felt trepidation before entering Baz Luhrmann’s epic biopic, Elvis. Luhrmann is not known for subtle filmmaking. After the first 10 minutes of a movie that is 20 minutes shy of three hours, I was already feeling bludgeoned into submission by the relentless editing, full-on visuals and deafening soundtrack. Then something happened. A moment in…

Men

Alex Garland is a writer and director who isn’t happy with delivering straightforward, easy-to-access cinema. With films like Ex-Machina and Annihilation on his CV, he pushes the boundaries of movie making with visually stunning treats and mind-blowing storytelling. Now comes his latest, Men, a modern-day horror fairy tale that, like his previous films, is beautiful,…

Top Gun: Maverick

I was never a massive fan of Top Gun. I admired the cinematography and the flight scenes but felt the whole thing was an impressive advert for Ray-Bans, leather jackets and joining the US Navy. The late Tony Scott worked for years in advertising, and so this was a film right up his street, never…

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

If ever there was a more apt title to a movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is it. A visually head-spinning film with a mind-boggling plot, although at its heart, is suspiciously simple. It also is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe that is more of a horror film than others. This could be…

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Downton Abbey is a bit of an enigma in a world of superheroes and franchises. One of the biggest hits of the 21st century, this TV giant moved to the big screen in 2019 and was a massive success. Now we get the sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era and the title is a bit…

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The new Fantastic Beasts movie, The Secrets of Dumbledore, is a movie carrying a heavy load. There have been so many production issues that you hope they never appear on the screen, but they do., from the firing of Johnny Depp from the role of Grindelwald to J.K. Rowling’s comments about transgender. The missing Katherine…

Morbius

When I was a child, reading Marvel comics in the seventies, I discovered horror comics with a sense of controversy. Not being allowed to watch horror films due to my age, this was the only chance to get close to scares. Morbius, the Living Vampire, was one such comic character who was originally a villain…

The Phantom of the Open

Us Brits love an underdog, a downtrodden, a dreamer, a loser. Most of our comedy movies are about those unsung heroes who are willing to sacrifice everything they have for their ambitions, even if they aren’t the best. Think Eddie The Eagle, the ski-jumper who came last. He became a national hero. Then there is…

Turning Red

Pixar Studio has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to innovation. They were the first studio to produce a full-length computer-generated feature in Toy Story. They developed CG animation into an art form. More recently, they have dealt with subjects that have often been hard to talk about in family cinema (think death in…

The Batman

Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard Written by: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig, (Batman created) Bob Kane and Bill Finger Running Time: 175 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 4th March 2022 In 2012, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Trilogy ended with Christian Bale as…

The Duke

Director: Roger Mitchell Starring: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Aimee Kelly, Jack Bandeira, Sian Clifford Written by: Richard Bean and Clive Coleman Running Time: 96 mins Cert: 12A release date: 25th February 2022 It was with great sadness that director Roger Mitchell passed away last September. You may not…

Dog

Directors: Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin Starring: Channing Tatum, Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Aqueela Zoll, Q’orianka Kilcher Written by: Reid Carolin Running Time: 101 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 18th February 2022 It has to be said that Dog does precisely what it says on the tin. It’s a film about a dog, not just…