Review: Jojo Rabbit

Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie With nationalism on the rise - and closer to our doors than we'd often like to think - Taika Waititi's 'anti-hate' satire Jojo Rabbit couldn't be more timely... on paper. The whimsical director has developed a devout following between cult hits like What We Do In … Continue reading Review: Jojo Rabbit

Review: Marriage Story

Director: Noah Baumbach Stars: Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Scarlett Johansson Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) were a happily married couple living in New York, until they weren't. Noah Baumbach's latest film - a mix of emotionally wrought drama and excruciating farce that plays out like a career summation - unpicks a marriage as … Continue reading Review: Marriage Story

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: Avengers: Infinity War

I've tried to make this as spoiler-free as possible. One paragraph talks - in the vaguest of terms - about the end of the movie. I've placed it in [ ] if you'd rather not take your chances. Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin So here we are. 10 … Continue reading Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Review: Rough Night

Directed by: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz Having been denied the opportunity to check out the well-liked Girls Trip last month thanks to its selective distribution in this part of the country, I opted to take a chance on Rough Night as a sort of consolation prize, this despite the advance buzz that when … Continue reading Review: Rough Night

Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

Director:  Rupert Sanders Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano Do you ever find yourself stiff-necked only to realise with horror and contempt for yourself that it's because you've been craning to read your smartphone for too long? The Ghost In The Shell live action remake takes this mild stunting of our natural evolution and expands … Continue reading Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

I usually try to get these seen and written as close to release as possible. It's more useful for everyone, right? Yet, when it came to Jon Favreau's remix of The Jungle Book, I found that my usual get-up-and-go had got-up-and-gone. I think the reasons for this are two-fold, if you'll indulge me briefly. 1) I … Continue reading Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

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: Hail, Caesar!

Over the last decade especially, the Coen Brothers' output has swung steadily like a metronome; from bleak, lean thriller No Country For Old Men to the acidic comedy of Burn After Reading; the existential crisis of A Serious Man to the crowd pleasuring adventurism of True Grit; the melancholy of Inside Llewyn Davis to their latest effort, Hail, Caesar!  - a classic … Continue reading Review: Hail, Caesar!

Why I Love… #77: Lost In Translation

Year: 2003 Director: Sofia Coppola Stars: Bill Murray (Bob Harris), Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte), Giovanni Ribisi (John),  Catherine Lambert (Jazz Singer), Anna Faris (Kelly), Fumihiro Hayashi (Charlie Brown). Genre: Romance Lost In Translation saw me fall in love with two women. Allow me to try to organise my thoughts on how to express these binding affections, which have grown and … Continue reading Why I Love… #77: Lost In Translation

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: Lucy

Luc Besson is still making movies like it's the 90's and he's cool as fuck. That's fine for him. The seemingly sustained confidence and gung-ho action euphoria of his cinematic output must be a beautiful, starry world to live in. A slick, seductive place where walking around a corner happens like someone's sat on the … Continue reading Review: Lucy

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: Under The Skin

Jonathan Glazer made a name for himself in the 90s with music videos for the likes of Radiohead and Massive Attack, before directing Sexy Beast and Birth. Both of those features were distinctive; the former for its standout performance from Ben Kingsley, the latter for its pronounced Kubrickian sterility. Now, nearly a decade later, Glazer brings us Under … Continue reading Review: Under The Skin