Mortal Engines

Lacking some of the cynicism of other franchise-launchers, Mortal Engines is nonetheless an limited adaptation of the first of Philip Reeve's excellent YA novels. Now looking certain for commercial doom, it's a creditable maiden voyage in intentions but not execution. Reeve's setting is the film's primary strength, a nuclear post-apocalypse in which surviving cities have been … Continue reading Mortal Engines

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

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