Review: Knives Out

Director: Rian Johnson Stars: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette I had a disquieting experience going to see Knives Out which I think I want to talk about if you'll indulge me. Before the feature started, during the previews of coming attractions, the trailer for Taika Waititi's Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit played. A man - bald, … Continue reading Review: Knives Out

Review: Avengers: Endgame

I’ve tried to make this as spoiler-free as possible. One paragraph talks – in the vaguest of terms – about non-specific character fates. I’ve placed the offending sentences within [ ] if you’d rather not take your chances. Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Stars: Karen Gillen, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans Problem #1. You've made a 21-part … Continue reading Review: Avengers: Endgame

Review: Captain America: Civil War

Having been picking up speed for the better part of a decade, Captain America: Civil War sees the Marvel Cinematic Universe break from a steady, accelerating jog into an outright sprint. This is the point at which the series assumes you've either been keeping up or you're going home. And it's certainly not going to wait … Continue reading Review: Captain America: Civil War

180: The Durability Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Back when it was released around this time in 2014, I was perhaps unduly harsh on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, largely citing it as a movie designed to rearrange the pieces on the board for Joss Whedon's second Avengers film Age Of Ultron and therefore something of a stop-gap instead of a satisfying experience in its … Continue reading 180: The Durability Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Imagine how exhausting it must be being a regular civilian living in any densely populated city in the Marvel universe. You live day-in day-out with the constant threat that, at any moment, a bunch of supernatural acrobatic crime fighters might descend on your bustling home, bringing with them a shitstorm of carnage as they do … Continue reading Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger is a divisive entry in Marvel's recent web of superhero movies, and stands notably apart from the other, more homogenous successes. This is, largely, down to the throwback tone of its first half - a love letter to 30s adventure serials reminiscent of Indiana Jones' wistful energy. The film's second … Continue reading Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Review: The Iceman

There are names you can depend on. Michael Shannon's is such a name. For years now he has been raising the quality of whatever he's in. His - sigh - 'unconventional' looks have generally sidelined him to parts two or three rungs down the ladder, but his obvious talents and screen presence have made him … Continue reading Review: The Iceman