Tag Archives: Film Reviews

Film Review – A Star is Born

There are now four versions of A Star is Born and all of them are good. That isn’t something you can say about many oft-remade films. The closest competitor would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956, 1978 and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Venom

Reviews for Venom have been quite poor, to say the least. Is it that bad? Well… yes, and no. As a film, Venom is a mess – unevenly paced, illogically plotted and tonally all over the place. However, I confess … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger, adapted by a novel from Sarah Waters, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, is a moody gothic mystery, emphasising the psychological drama rather than horror aspects of the source material. In fact, mismarketing in the US caused many … Continue reading

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Film Review – Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is little more than a Singapore based variation on Cinderella, replete with additional variations on romantic comedy tropes. However, although it is not the groundbreaking genre giant some have claimed, it is frothy, fun and diverting, and … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Animals

A caption at the beginning of American Animals initially informs the audience that “This film is not based on a true story”, before the words “not based on” disappear. It’s a good joke, and one that sets up the supposed … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cold War

A postscript at the end of Cold War, the new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, rather touchingly dedicates it to his parents, whose relationship inspired the story. Far from feeling self-indulgent, this dedication contextualises the non-judgemental sadness oozing from … Continue reading

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Film Review – Upgrade

If you’re looking for an outrageous blast of B-movie sci-fi thrills, look no further that writer/director Lee Whannel’s Upgrade. Essentially Robocop meets Death Wish, the film has a nifty premise with thrills and dark laughs to spare, and also an … Continue reading

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Film Review – BlacKkKlansman

I’ll confess upfront that I’ve never been a huge fan of Spike Lee, give or take the extraordinary Do the Right Thing from 1989. That said, he is a very talented and incisive filmmaker, even though some of his work … Continue reading

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Film Review – Alpha

Boy and his wolf stories are hardly new, but director Albert Hughes’s Alpha has plenty of heart, even though it treads a very familiar path of survival adventure and coming-of-age. Set sometime in prehistoric Europe, the story involves the teenage … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Meg

Giant shark versus Jason Statham? Well, I suppose it’s not as ludicrous as a tornado filled with sharks. But that’s almost a shame. The problem with The Meg isn’t that it’s a bad film. It is self-aware enough so that … Continue reading

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