Category Archives: Film

Review in Brief: The Highwaymen (2019)

THE HIGHWAYMEN is solidly made, but you’ll struggle to stop it melting away in the back of your mind the moment it’s over. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are both on form (moody and wisecracky, respectively) as the men who … Continue reading

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Review: Hellboy (2019)

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is my guy, my favourite comic book character of all time. I’m a fan. I loved that the Guillermo del Toro films hit the key beats of the mythology but remained first and foremost del Toro films. … Continue reading

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Review: Shazam! (2019)

SHAZAM! is a breath of fresh air. Not because it’s the first really good DC comics movie this decade (step forward WONDER WOMAN) or the first fun DC comics movie this decade (step forward AQUAMAN) but because it’s the first … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND is an assured and compelling directorial debut from Chiwetel Ejiofor, and another example of how important outlets like Netflix are for getting diverse filmmaking voices out there. It’s a very classically good-looking film which … Continue reading

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Review: Us (2019)

Well that’s 2 for 2 for Jordan Peele. He’s become a vibrant, distinctive and essential American filmmaking voice in what seems like no time at all, and while US can be compared to GET OUT on certain thematic levels, it’s … Continue reading

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Review: The White Crow (2018/19)

I may have been taken along to the odd ballet by my parents over the years, but I can’t claim to know anything much about it as an art form. I certainly hadn’t heard of Rudolf Nureyev, who I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review: No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen Brothers are two of the most distinctively voiced American filmmakers working today. Nobody else creates bleak mediations on existence or bittersweet morality tales quite like them at the top of their game. Their only Best Picture Academy Award … Continue reading

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Series Retrospective: The Before Trilogy

Back to my semi (OK, I’ll be honest lately it’s been less) regular feature where I look back on a long-running film series and see how well each instalment has or hasn’t age. This time it’s Richard Linklater’s beloved naturalistic … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

Put ISN’T IT ROMANTIC down as a good idea badly executed. It’s the classic “bump your head and wake up in another world” story, with the differences between our world (in the loosest possible terms) and the world of the … Continue reading

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Review: Captain Marvel (2019)

It only took Marvel 21 movies. Now she’s finally taken flight, CAPTAIN MARVEL like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY before it could be the first stage of a colourful cosmic journey for the superhero superfactory. An encounter with shapeshifting Skrull foes … Continue reading

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