Review: Jungle Cruise

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Dwayne Johnson Now, ordinarily, you'd have to drag me to see a Disney picture based on an extant IP that also happens to be a theme park ride, but Jungle Cruise got me voluntarily. Why? Jaume Collet-Serra. Sure, he's better known these days as the for-hire guy …

Review: Straight Outta Compton

Director: F. Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge The beginning stretch of Straight Outta Compton culminates in Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), black rapper with N.W.A, striking a tentative deal with white manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti). Heller sells his usefulness with frankness, pitching that he can get Eazy-E and N.W.A through doors that …

Review: Love & Mercy

Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack There are three Brian Wilsons in Bill Pohland's sunlit biopic Love & Mercy. The young, ambitious and scattalogically creative Brian Wilson of the 60's as portrayed by Paul Dano; the weary, troubled, illegitimately medicated Brian Wilson of the 1980's as portrayed by John Cusack; and the man …

Review: 12 Years A Slave

Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Eijofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt Steve McQueen, former Turner Prize-winning artist turned white-hot front-runner for British cinema, makes films about men in prisons. With his searing debut Hunger, detailing the last days of Bobby Sands in Maze Prison, this was approached literally. With his superb second film Shame, he turned inward, portraying …

Review: The Ides Of March

Director: George Clooney Stars: Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood ***originally written 4 November 2011*** Poor George Clooney. Having been gift-wrapped A-list status in the mid-to-late nineties, The Most Charming Man In Hollywood has made concerted efforts not to waste the opportunity. Constantly favouring smaller, quirkier projects rather than the typical superstar vehicles, he …