Category Archives: Film Review

Chernobyl: Audience Adulation vs Critical Consenus

According to the IMDb, HBO/Sky’s miniseries CHERNOBYL is now the most critically acclaimed TV show of all time. It’s in all the trailers now: “9.6/10”. This does not matter. I’m not one of those “who cares what the critics think?” … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

BEALE STREET was this year’s biggest Best Picture snub. Not even a nomination. It’s not just a socio-historically coded title, the film represents a state of mind and a state of being – be proud of who you are and … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Green Book (2018)

I can’t say GREEN BOOK is a bad film, it’s too competent. But it’s a very ordinary Best Picture winner. To its credit, the realities of being a touring black musician of any calibre during this period are not ignored. … Continue reading

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Review: Toy Story 4 (2019)

How many really good fourth movies are there? After STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME and, depending on your 80s tolerance, ROCKY IV, I’m drawing a blank. TOY STORY 4 did not need to be a thing, and yet it … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: See You Yesterday (2019)

SEE YOU YESTERDAY is a minor-key delight. Riffing a lot on BACK TO THE FUTIRE II but with punchy social commentary, the film has a special guest star in an early scene, and his appearance would have been enough, but … Continue reading

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Review: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

I’ve already forgotten most of APOCALYPSE, though I do for some reason remember Michael Fassbender floating in the air, looking bored and not saying anything for half an hour. I also recall the apparent finality of the ending, with the … Continue reading

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Review: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Remember how for the opening flashback of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND they smoothed out Patrick Stewart’s face to an alarming degree to make him look 25 years younger but just gave Ian McKellen some hair dye and a hat? Maybe … Continue reading

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Review: Rocketman (2019)

ROCKETMAN is the second musical I’ve really loved this year. Whereas the first, WILD ROSE kept its cowboy-booted feet firmly on the ground, the story of the man formally known as Reg Dwight’s formative years and breakthrough floats off into … Continue reading

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Review: Good Omens (2019)

GOOD OMENS has been a Biblically long time coming. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman seemed to have given up after years of false starts at adapting their 1990 fantasy novel but Pratchett’s terminal illness and Gaiman’s promise to him finally … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Loqueesha (2019)

“Official Selection – San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2019”. Me neither. Five minutes into LOQUEESHA, writer-director-star Jeremy Saville hasn’t started talking like what he thinks black people talk like yet, but he has done a wildly offensive Gandhi impression … Continue reading

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