Review: Life

Director:  Daniel Espinosa Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson If there's an unnecessary element of modern pop cinema that has started to get my goat, it's the post-credits sting. Marvel movies use these most often, demanding that an already bum-numbed audience shuffle uncomfortably for anything up to a further ten minutes as every single …

Review: Elle

Director: Paul Verhoeven Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny This isn't going to be a very good review of Elle. I'm sat here behind the dashboard of this blog with the cursor blinking at me expectantly, still trying to shape my feelings about Paul Verhoeven's latest, but it's like trying to lay foundations for a …

Review: Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, LilRel Howery A little over two years ago I read a very interesting article on the greatly missed beacon of film analysis The Dissolve about the sparseness of diversity in the horror genre. Matt Barone's piece, which still exists here, articulated an issue I had long felt true …

Review: Catfight

Director: Onur Tukel Stars: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone Onur Tukel's comedy Catfight has a pretty strong USP. Here we have a movie in which Sandra Oh and Anne Heche, two seasoned actors with acclaimed roles in their pockets and more-or-less equal levels of celebrity, credibility and respect, beat the living crap out of each …

Review: Logan

Director: James Mangold Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen Did we realise, two years ago, that we were living in an age of superhero stagnation? Yes, probably, very much so. The glut of spandex movies has been pressing for a number of years. I can even remember talking about exhaustion on the subject way …