Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gives quite an affecting performance in the forgettable, often-preposterous Snitch.
Drift is a solid, if safe, surfing drama.
Evil Dead is hardcore horror and an impressive technical feat.
It’s certainly violent, no question, but that’s about all it has going in favour.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a cosmic fireball of epic proportions. It’s fun to watch but it’s mostly just empty space dust.
Drift is a film that is superb on the water but a little wobbly on dry land.
Spring Breakers is one of the most potent pieces of satire and filmmaking to hit the screen so far this year.
For the second time, Derek Cianfrance shows us his love of cinema’s loners and outcasts via the ultimate It kid of now, Ryan Gosling.
Broken takes a toxic suburbia and tenderly examines the fallout.
After a superb first half you could probably walk from the cinema satisfied with The Place Beyond the Pines. It’s a shame to forsake that satisfaction by witnessing a well laid plan completely fall apart.
Cinema Jenin is an enlightening documentary account of a tightrope evasion of political, cultural and economic obstacles to resurrect a decrepit Palestinian cinema.
Olympus Has Fallen is the stupid, dark fantasy of backward white trash America that needs another domestic threat to trigger war.
THERESE DESQUEYROUX is an early feminist suffrage text, except instead of the heroine suffering it’s the audience.
The tie-ins to The Avengers and the Marvel Universe add a layer to the story’s context and hero, but Iron Man 3 remains a competent stand-alone adventure.
…a finale that’s so spectacular a health warning should be issued for dislocated shoulders from excessive fist-pumping.
Iron Man 3 is a domestic espionage thriller. It’s a cocktail of everything great about the previous Iron Man films through the sensibility of the seasoned 80s wunderkind.
This is a Vulcan difficult film to fully explore without spoiling; however I embraced the challenge. At the end of Star Trek (2009) we left the crew of the Enterprise “boldly going where no one…
Set in the beautiful northern Norwegian town of Hammerfest, covered by periodic complete darkness and light, Mercy is an engrossing slow-burn drama fraught with moral quandary (guilt is a more relevant virtue than the eponymous one, however) and domestic melodrama.
… even if you beautifully film someone furiously masturbating into a plastic bag you’re still filming someone furiously masturbating into a plastic bag. That’s what Spring Breakers is: a pretty wank.
Spring Breakers won me over because it dared to be different and indulge all-in on a wholly unique sensibility.