Review: Unicorn Store

Director: Brie Larson Stars: Brie Larson, Mamoudou Athie, Bradley Whitford Arriving in the wake of Captain Marvel, but shot back in 2017, Brie Larson's directorial debut lands this week on Netflix at arguably her commercial peak thus far (turns out leading a Marvel flick tops winning Best Actress at the Oscars (sigh)). Spending two years in … Continue reading Review: Unicorn Store

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: The Glass Castle

Director: Dustin Daniel Cretton Stars: Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Naomi Watts Cretton turned heads at the tail end of 2013 with his little indie charmer Short Term 12, a heart-wrenching peek within the world of temporary foster care. The film showcased a host of up-and-coming talents (see Lakeith Stanfield, for example) and provided Brie Larson with … Continue reading Review: The Glass Castle

Review: Free Fire

Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer Made in quick succession with last year's anarchic J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise, Free Fire finds Ben Wheatley in looser form. Where High-Rise evoked the rise of Thatcherite Britain and the societal divisions that blossomed from that rotten seed, Free Fire is less consciously political, despite the central conceit … Continue reading Review: Free Fire

Review: Kong Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson There are movies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Movies that, in spite of inherent flaws or elements you might think would play against the whole, manage to coalesce into something better, something beautiful even. This is because a piece of … Continue reading Review: Kong Skull Island

Review: Room

When I heard that The Room was back in cinemas and, what's more, sneaking into Oscars contention - not least for its lead actress - I assumed it was some weird joke. Had I woken in Bizarro-world? But no. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'classic' will remain on the midnight movie circuit for a while yet and the … Continue reading Review: Room

Review: Trainwreck

Amy's father Gordon (Colin Quinn) offends everyone. He's a racist, a homophobe, from all accounts a serial adulterer. Yet he keeps a collection of snow globes. Midway through Trainwreck we see Amy (Amy Schumer) sorting through these globes with a great feeling of nostalgia for them. It's a well-judged moment of reflection and a key to … Continue reading Review: Trainwreck

Review: Short Term 12

As 2014 gets underway and the year's big hitters for awards season start rolling out the doors, there's still some mopping up of 2013 to be done. Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, first appeared on UK shores late last year in a sadly limited run. I was unable to catch it at … Continue reading Review: Short Term 12