Deadpool 2

It's a little harder to subvert hugely successful but ultimately staid superhero movies when your own franchise is comprised of them, as Deadpool 2 discovers. This sequel to what felt a relative breath of fresh air doesn't do enough to justify its own existence. After the first film's improbably happy ending, Ryan Reynolds's merc with a mouth … Continue reading Deadpool 2

Revenge

Revenge is a film in two parts - a hyper-saturated nightmare followed by a bleached and ultraviolent fever dream. Its politics are straightforwardly progressive and its rage deeply felt. What it lacks in substance it largely accounts for in style, and certainly in venom. Jen (Matilda Lutz) is an apparently callow young woman, the beautiful consort … Continue reading Revenge

Rampage

Fresh on the tail of Tomb Raider, Rampage arrives to demonstrate that there is no easy route to videogame movie success. Where Alicia Vikander's vehicle attempted to ape the thematic success of its complicated source, Rampage aims to drop Dwayne Johnson into a situation as preposterously stupid as the arcade game it was "inspired" by. Its success is extremely limited. … Continue reading Rampage

A Quiet Place

Silence is a risk factor for the modern mainstream film. Used well, it can be atmospherically transformative, and tension-ratcheting. Given audiences’ current predilections toward chat and crunchy foods, however, the prospect of a film primarily steeped in total quiet, as promised by A Quiet Place, is itself a stress-inducing one. When this assured debut from John … Continue reading A Quiet Place

Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson, we can credibly speculate based on the title of his latest film, loves dogs. In Isle of Dogs, running with this clear affection for man's best friend, he takes the strengths of his first animated outing, Fantastic Mister Fox, and improves on them all, while telling a charming tale in a dystopic Japan. Megasaki, a fictional … Continue reading Isle of Dogs

Tomb Raider

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, 2013’s Tomb Raider should be proud; 2018’s film version has tried gamely to copy its stellar reboot of a tired franchise, but in compressing its lessons and arcs has lost all of that game’s nuance. Alicia Vikander steps into the role haughtily popularised by Angelina Jolie in the frankly … Continue reading Tomb Raider