Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Crimes of Grindelwald

J K Rowling, whatever her faults, has tremendous form when it comes to intricately planned plots and reveals. The Fantastic Beasts series, with this unintelligible second outing, is at risk of exposing her as more of an improviser than previously thought. The Crimes of Grindelwald opens with a series of changes to seemingly sensible conclusions from the … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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

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

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