Mandrake has written 3 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • Cherry Pop

    Cherry Pop

    ★½

    Well, Torch Song Trilogy it aint. It's a shame that the endless talent in the drag community isn't being snapped up by producers who know how to make the most of performative potential, like Ryan Murphy, or that more of them are not collaborating with writers for themselves instead of joining other people's poorly written projects. This film reads like someone exploiting the raw and trained charisma so that they don't have to work at the amateur script more, instead…

  • Vertical Limit

    Vertical Limit

    ★½

    On the back of a mountaineering movie binge, it's really terrible.

  • Filth

    Filth

    ★½

    Not to be the 'the book was better' bitch, but it's a car crash of an adaptation. McAvoy is perfect for the role and could have been uncannily so if they'd grossed him up a bit ( eczema, anyone?) and the rest of the cast do a great job.

    However the screenplay is weak sauce and the director bottles it, framing everything as bombastic dark comedy or uncomplicated reflective drama instead of the black as soot merciless cynicism of the…