Review: Venom

Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed Perhaps its just the personas that they've maintained, but when you think of Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, you assume they wouldn't be the kind of celebrity names engulfed by the Marvel freight train. That they might somehow be 'above' it. Like Ethan Hawke. But … Continue reading Review: Venom

Review: Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira Black Panther is against binaries. It's against simplistic divisions such as seeing the world as East and West; Northern and Southern hemispheres; first world and third. It's against selective thinking that reduces arguments to black and white; selective thinking that can slice a crisis along … Continue reading Review: Black Panther

Review: Spider-Man Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton,  Robert Downey Jr. There are, personally speaking, plenty of reasons why Spider-Man Homecoming has been the Marvel title I've been least interested in catching for quite a while. Chief among these, I suppose, is a sense of fatigue with a junior league superhero I've actually barely spent any … Continue reading Review: Spider-Man Homecoming

Review: Wonder Woman

Director: Patty Jenkins Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis I'll be honest; I'd written this one off months ago before I'd even seen a trailer. Given that Zack Snyder currently reigns over the DC universe and following last year's abysmal Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and the equally poor Suicide Squad, there seemed to be … Continue reading Review: Wonder Woman

Review: Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams In recent years it has been the comparatively lesser-known corners of the Marvel universe which have provided the best that the studio has had to offer, with underdogs Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man kicking up the most entertainment while working with lower expectations thanks to their relative … Continue reading Review: Doctor Strange

Review: Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer Stars: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis For the second time this year we are presented with a tent-pole superhero blockbuster movie being sold on its credibility for being in some way subversive to the usual glut of identikit spandex adventures. This time it's DC cashing in on the idea that there … Continue reading Review: Suicide Squad

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse arrives buoyed by the critical and commercial success of both Matthew Vaughn's spirited First Class and Bryan Singer's own Days Of Future Past; both entertaining and comparatively impressive franchise installments that have breathed new life into a series which seemed mired, for a time, by bad Wolverine spin-offs and haunted by the troubled ghost of Brett Ratner. Ratner's unloved The … Continue reading Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

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: Deadpool

I'm the kind of contrary arsehole who, when  those around me at large start whetting their appetites for a movie based on it's heavy-handed marketing campaign, starts to smell a pretty big rat. And the marketing for Deadpool has been pretty obnoxious. Some of it funny, some of it clever, granted, but all of it pretty … Continue reading Review: Deadpool

Review: Ant-Man

Like the eventual passing of a storm, or the first refreshing spring morning of the year, the clouds have parted and the future's looking positive. Birds are tweeting. Squirrels are chasing one another along the tree branches and mercifully, for the first time in what feels like a very, very long time, a Marvel film … Continue reading Review: Ant-Man