Review: Le Mans ’66

Director: James Mangold Stars: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Noah Jupe Having made it through his Wolverine obsession with Logan and, err, The Wolverine, James Mangold emerges out the other side, returning to the Ron Howard-aping middle ground of modern Hollywood's journeymen for what is actually - clearly - another passion project. Le Mans '66 (or Ford V Ferrari … Continue reading Review: Le Mans ’66

Review: Suburbicon

Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler Poor George Clooney, he just can't seem to get a break. Go back 20 years or so and that statement would sound ludicrous; he was the biggest name in Hollywood (whether he wanted to be or not) and could have the pick of projects to … Continue reading Review: Suburbicon

Review: Jason Bourne

Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones Movies take a long time to make, even within the ever churning gears of the Hollywood machine, and so there's no way that Universal or the producers of the latest Jason Bourne film (woodenly titled Jason Bourne) could possibly have anticipated the recent and tragic events … Continue reading Review: Jason Bourne

Review: The Martian

As of late my reviews of Ridley Scott films have included caveats regarding how the man's output has disappointed me for quite some time. Granted, I gave the odious looking Exodus:  Gods and Kings as wide a berth as possible, but aside from that it's time for me to eat a little humble pie. While far from perfect, … Continue reading Review: The Martian

Review: The Zero Theorem

Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a drone working for Mancom, a number-cruncher with a catalogue of phobias and neuroses who longs to work from home in the hopes of receiving a divine telephone call; one that will give meaning to his woeful existence. He missed that call once. He's not going to let it happen … Continue reading Review: The Zero Theorem

Review: Elysium

The year is 2154. Earth is overpopulated and under-resourced. Los Angeles looks like a cross between a war zone and a never-ending shanty town. The poor are the population. Up above, orbiting the Earth, the rich minority live in comfort aboard space station Elysium; a shining white band of luxury not dissimilar to silicon valley … Continue reading Review: Elysium

Review: True Grit

***originally written 14 February 2011*** At the end of the Coen Brothers' True Grit there is a slightly surprising credit. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Surprising in the sense that if you were to jump back ten years or so, you couldn't imagine more unlikely bedfellows. Only slightly surprising in the sense that, despite what the … Continue reading Review: True Grit