Review: Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Ewan McGregor Redefining for yourself what constitutes family is a large part of Doctor Sleep. the belated follow-up to both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Those two precursors are famously divergent. King hated Kubrick's film, which is widely regarded as one of the horror masterpieces. Kubrick altered the … Continue reading Review: Doctor Sleep

Review: Men In Black International

Director: F Gary Gray Stars: Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Chris Hemsworth I've been accused of contrariness before, and in fairness not without reason. Fine. But here at The Lost Highway Hotel, the name Will Smith is synonymous with entirely smug, borderline unwatchable goofiness. See also Barry Sonnenfield. As a result, the Men In Black franchise has, … Continue reading Review: Men In Black International

Review: Mission: Impossible: Fallout

Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill Tom Cruise is 56. For a long time he was the single most bankable star in Hollywood. The fantasy of millions. He's still an extraordinarily bankable star. Right up there. But what can he do to keep a hold of that glossy immortality? American cinema … Continue reading Review: Mission: Impossible: Fallout

Review: The Greatest Showman

Director: Michael Gracey Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams If you're going to make a musical about P.T. Barnum, the mid-19th century's 'greatest showman' and incorrigible humbug merchant, you'd better be prepared to go all out. Modern musicals are curious beasts. Take the feted La La Land from Damien Chazelle, for instance. While the sentiment … Continue reading Review: The Greatest Showman

Review: Life

Director:  Daniel Espinosa Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson If there's an unnecessary element of modern pop cinema that has started to get my goat, it's the post-credits sting. Marvel movies use these most often, demanding that an already bum-numbed audience shuffle uncomfortably for anything up to a further ten minutes as every single … Continue reading Review: Life

Review: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

One imagines Christopher McQuarrie, screenwriter and director of this fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, sat in his kitchen struggling to come up with that special something that will separate his addition to the franchise out from all the rest. That special set-piece. Sure, Tom's got some nifty idea about hanging on to a plane at … Continue reading Review: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation