• Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

    Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

    ★★★

    A good music documentary should take a subject you know little about and keep you interested, even if you aren't a fan. This succeeded: Cohen seemed like a decent guy who had a tough life and I warmed to him, even though the music still isn't really for me. But it is also a reminder that Cohen's 'Hallelujah' has spawned a thousand godawful covers and that only the rendition by Jeff Buckley (who died in a drowning accident in 1997) managed to transcend the song's sentimental cod-spirituality and turn it into something breath-taking, heart-breaking, angelic.

  • See How They Run

    See How They Run

    ★★★★

    Huge fun.

  • Fall

    Fall

    Cannot rate as I never made it past the half-hour point before leaving. Either the scariest or stupidest film ever, but one to avoid if you suffer from vertigo

  • Beast

    Beast

    ★★★

    Surprisingly effective 90 minute B-movie in which Idris Elba punches a lion and yet somehow has enough self-restraint not to shoot his incredibly annoying kids.

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★★

    Wildly - and quite unexpectedly - fun.

  • The Harder They Come

    The Harder They Come

    ★★★★

    I can see why the Jamaican government hated this film. But it has aged surprisingly well, even if some of the acting is amateur and the quality of the film is inconsistent at times.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    A little less Vegas Elvis, a little more Pelvis please.

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★

    Tried to explain this film to someone only an hour after watching it and mumbled something about the plot mess of Monsanto-style world domination, hints at climate catastrophe and so many bits borrowed from both the Bond and Indiana Jones films.

    Completely forgot to mention dinosaurs though, because they're now largely incidental.

    Rubbish, essentially.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

    At times, Top Gun Maverick simply lifts straight from its predecessor. It's the same blatant recruitment commercial for the US military, with another group of toxically masculine navy pilots so unable to work together as a team that they surely would have been court martialed long ago. There's yet another pointless bronzed beach sports interlude. Tom Cruise is still, 35 years on, racing jets on his motorbike.

    Not sure who the new "enemy" with the advanced weapons and the imminent…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Utterly bonkers, the best existential crisis film since The Matrix but with genuinely hilarious moments

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★★

    Went to see this on impulse after a long day and to my surprise, Channing Tatum is a beautifully buttocked comedy genius

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★

    Nowhere near as over-ripe and preposterous as Eggars' previous film 'The Lighthouse' (which I hated) and eventually becomes gripping, but the early scenes of the protagonist's childhood, before fleeing to begin his quest for revenge, were... ludicrously overwrought, lines bellowed rather than delivered. Nicole Kidman in particular has rarely overacted with quite so much commitment.