Review: The Old Guard

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts What is the strange draw of seeing our favourite actors buy it violently time and again? In recent years we've been encouraged to watch with glee as Tom Cruise died over and over in Edge of Tomorrow. For Happy Death Day, newcomer Jessica Rothe went through … Continue reading Review: The Old Guard

What About… Prometheus

It was doomed, in a way. Having weathered the Grand Guignol misfire of 1997's Alien Resurrection, and ran the gauntlet of the insipid (non-canon) Alien vs Predator movies of the mid-2000s, xenomorph fans needed something to believe in. Word that the Godfather of Alien himself - Ridley Scott - was returning to the series set … Continue reading What About… Prometheus

Review: Bombshell

Director: Jay Roach Stars: Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron We are in the midst of a very slow-moving sea change in how women are treated and depicted in the entertainment industry. I kind of hate that it's only taken me two sentences to get to Harvey Weinstein, but here we are. His name may … Continue reading Review: Bombshell

Review: Tully

Director: Jason Reitman Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston During one of the many quietly perfect scenes in Lost In Translation, Scarlett Johansson's Charlotte and Bill Murray's Bob lie side-by-side on a hotel bed at the end of a long night of partying. Barriers down, Bob talks wistfully about parenthood. "Your life, as you know … Continue reading Review: Tully

Review: Atomic Blonde

Director: David Leitch Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella Mad Max: Fury Road posed a question that required an answer; why, in this day and age, aren't there more great female fronted action movies? It's not that such a thing doesn't exist (though they're scarce), its more that they're all too often bogged down … Continue reading Review: Atomic Blonde

Review: Fast & Furious 8

Director: F. Gary Gray Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham  While he may look and act like a Mr Potato Head that somehow came to life, and who then got a bit too greedy at a festive lunch and has now been left half-dozing in a bleary-eyed food coma of slurred speech and dulled faculties, Vin Diesel … Continue reading Review: Fast & Furious 8

Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Director: Travis Knight Stars: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey "If you must blink, do it now," the viewer is forewarned at the very top of this remarkable animated feature, followed quite wisely by, "Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem." It's a fitting mantra for the film; … Continue reading Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road features a handful of either cuts or fades to black wherein director George Miller generously allows his audiences a moment to gather their breath once more.  One suspects the film was tested without these little oases of calm, these fleeting moments of dark respite, only for the studio boys to find … Continue reading Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Review: Prometheus

***originally written 2 June 2012*** ***THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. BIG ONES*** Still here? Okay. Hype. Hype and expectation can be funny things in the film industry. They can make or break a film. Creating them is the master craft of the marketing department. Product placement. Trailers. Tie-in promotions. Journo exclusives. And in the modern world, … Continue reading Review: Prometheus