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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Half-a-star docked for Simon Pegg's usual am dram performance (and the fact that it runs just a little too long) but other than that a glorious action movie. Asside from the incredible stunts, Cruise's performance - a middle-aged man who is THIS close to jacking in his shitty job, all communicated in sighs, frowns and brow furrows - is a total joy.

  • Affliction

    Affliction

    ★★★★

    Not sure if this gained a star or lost a star because of Willem Dafoe's John Boy Walton voiceover.

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  • Pretty Maids All in a Row

    Pretty Maids All in a Row

    ★★★★

    An America that cares more about football games, the rights of the (male) individual, and rigid notions of identity than it does about the murder of its young women. File alongside The Boston Strangler and No Way to Treat A Lady as one of those morally schizophrenic psychopath films, made in the death knells of the studio era, that somehow points the way to the new 70s cinema of Scorsese and De Palma. A period piece, certainly, with one foot…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Philip K. Dork