Review: Captain Marvel

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Clark Gregg That the Marvel machine has taken 11 years and 20-ish films to get to a female-centric superhero movie is such a glaring and conspicuous oversight that Captain Marvel arrives with a hideously unenviable burden. It has to mean something. It has to be … Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel

Review: Ready Player One

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn The art for Ready Player One provided a set of uneasy red flags. That poster of Tye Sheridan with disproportionate legs? How did that [Street Fighter] make it past an assumed selection of screeners for approval? It spoke of laziness not ordinarily associated with Steven Spielberg. … Continue reading Review: Ready Player One

Review: Darkest Hour

Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Stephen Dillane, Ben Mendelsohn It's telling that the poster for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour has been quickly reorganised so that it can boast - with a third of its acreage - that the film has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards. That space was laying in wait for those nominations, … Continue reading Review: Darkest Hour

Review: Una

Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed Andrews' modest homegrown feature debut has the incredible fortune of starring two of the best actors out there in Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. That's some serious clout for a film of this size and scale. It's an actor's film; David Harrower's adaptation of his own … Continue reading Review: Una

Review: Lost River

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River was conceived while the actor was visiting abandoned and derelict areas of Detroit, the story built around his burgeoning desire to express the tumbledown romance of those abandoned neighbourhoods. As such there's a shabby-chic post-apocalyptic twang to the movie, albeit the same kind felt in Beasts Of The Southern Wild; a sense … Continue reading Review: Lost River

Review: The Place Beyond The Pines

"If you ride like lightning, you're gonna crash like thunder". So says gangly mechanic Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) to his small-time crime protege Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling). Glanton is a drifter and sometime-carnie who has previously eked out a living as a motorcycle stunt driver. Arriving back in the green suburbs of Schenectady, New York, Glanton … Continue reading Review: The Place Beyond The Pines