Mirai

A gentle and loving treat, Mirai is a perceptive film teaching lessons only the best of us really learn in childhood. Four year old Kun's domestic bliss is rudely interrupted by the arrival of an as-yet-unnamed younger sister at the film's open. He reacts as so many older siblings have before him, acting out and desperately seeking … Continue reading Mirai

Venom

Inhabiting the odd twilight zone between the MCU and a standalone continuity, Venom is Sony's semi-aborted attempt to capitalise on the success of the Deadpool films. R-rated antihero films are proven to work, so it's sad to see the studio opt for a PG-13 option, a soft 15 in the UK. This half-heartedness cuts to Venom's core. Tom Hardy is … Continue reading Venom

Climax

Gaspar Noé's reputation needs scant introduction. The provocateur has seemed to be running out of rope in recent years, his last effort Love critically condescended to alongside the automatic box office failure he's used to. With Climax he has bafflingly resecured some of his cachet, despite a messy and unfocused contrivance of a film. Audiences are introduced to a cast … Continue reading Climax

The Predator

For better or worse, Shane Black has revivified the Predator franchise with this slick but shallow thriller. Shying from typical reboot territory, The Predator is a straight sequel, explaining the murderous aliens' presence on Earth in largely forgettable form. Antihero Quinn McKenna is our protagonist, a military sniper who witnesses the gory crash landing of a Predator in the … Continue reading The Predator

BlacKkKlansman

If it’s tempting to praise the timeliness of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, it’s also worth remembering that America’s issues with institutional and accepted racism never really went away. This sometimes incendiary, but generally tame film could have been released any time in the last thirty years and still summoned the righteous rage with which it closes, … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman