Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like a T-Rex impotently scrabbling its undersized arms, unable to reach the handle to flush its waste away, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fails to overcome its own terrible design. This is a loud and overlong chore, with a potentially watchable movie buried deep in its first act. Bryce Dallas Howard returns as Claire, brazenly character-tweaked into a … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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