Category Archives: Review in Brief

Review in Brief: Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Who’d have guessed a legacy sequel to TOP GUN would be this damn good? MAVERICK sees, well, Maverick (Tom Cruise) reluctantly return to the Top Gun flight school to train the next generation of superior naval aviators, including the son … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Sadness (2021)

Remember the first time you saw THE RAID? Remember that feeling of being completely floored by the sheer artistry of its ultraviolence? Well, Taiwanese horror THE SADNESS conjures up that same feeling, but with even more extreme imagery and through … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Flee (2021)

FLEE, an animated memoir/documentary telling of Afghan migrant Amin’s remarkable journey, is some powerful stuff. I’ve heard some people find the animation somehow alienating, that it lessons Amin’s story but I just don’t agree. The style of the animation, almost … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The House (2022)

THE HOUSE is an unexpected, twisted delight and is unlikely to be unseated as the most striking animated feature of 2022 until ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE arrives towards the end of the year. This is an anthology of stories revolving around … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The King’s Man (2021)

THE KING’S MAN just doesn’t work on so many levels. It has a big tone problem to begin with, and far too many scenes of people standing around explaining what World War I was. Sworn pacifist the Duke of Oxford … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Nightmare Alley (2021)

Following his Oscar win for THE SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo del Toro could have done anything; Hollywood was his. He eventually decided on NIGHTMARE ALLEY, mounting a twisty and epic in scope noir-psychological-thriller based on an obscure novel from the … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Boiling Point (2021/22)

One-shot films are a statement and can make or break the story you’re trying to tell. BOILING POINT is elevated by the camera never cutting, the tension of a hectic restaurant kitchen and a nightmare Christmas service rarely giving you … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Scream (2022)

Re-quels (reboot/sequel hybrids) are the flavour of the month in Hollywood and they vary wildly in execution. SCREAM is on the upper end of the scale, with a killer (pun intended) first half and just the right amount of fanservice … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Petite Maman (2021)

Céline Sciama’s latest film PETITE MAMAN is an absolute delight, a gentle little exploration of family, friendship and grief. Ever wondered if you’d get along with your parents if you could meet them when they were children? Young Nelly gets … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Well this is about as good as a really meta belated follow-up to THE MATRIX was ever going to be, which given Lana Wachowski’s return to direct the project means, pretty damn good. Decades after the events of the Matrix … Continue reading

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