Review: Countdown

Director: Justin Dec Stars: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman At the time of writing there's a news cycle that won't die; a stir caused by Martin Scorsese calling comic book movies 'theme park rides' instead of real cinema. It's become the question to ask anyone in the business who'll answer and, as such, objectivity when …

Review: Wounds

Director: Babak Anvari Stars: Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz It makes perfect sense that Annapurna Pictures would snap up the first English language property from Babak Anvari, the British-Iranian director responsible for the deeply effective chiller Under The Shadow. Anvari seemed fully formed right out the gate; a safe bet to deliver an indie …

Review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

Director: Vince Gilligan Stars: Aaron Paul, Robert Forster, Charles Baker Breaking Bad ended pretty well. Goddamn well, actually. That final run of episodes was TV dynamite, and an almost fully-formed exercise in how to close out a supremely popular cultural phenomenon (not always easy, is it, Game of Thrones?). Head honcho Vince Gilligan and his …

Review: Monos

Director: Alejandro Landes Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson We in the West, with our soft comforts and first world problems, can grumble about the varying responsibilities resting on our shoulders, but have you ever been entrusted with a hostage in the Colombian wilds at the tender age of sixteen? Thought not. That's the …

Review: Joker

Director: Todd Phillips Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz We've all been had. Depending on where you look, Todd Phillips' Joker is either a new renaissance in cinema and high water mark for comic book movies, or the most dangerous tosh to get carted out all year, ready to recklessly incite violence in the maladjusted …

Review: Judy

Director: Rupert Goold Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Darci Shaw As pandering biopics of singing legends start cluttering award shows, the arrival of Judy seems both fortuitous and unsurprising, but the casual viewer expecting more of the same perhaps ought to be forewarned. Rupert Goold's film - featuring a career-best and maybe the year's best performance …