• Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★

    Yesterday is an amiable comedy which is a bit too low-key for its own good. Director Danny Boyle brings enough charm to make it at least middle-of-the-Abbey-Road.

    Jack Mallick is a spectacularly unsuccessful singer who happens to be a huge fan of The Beatles. After a global electricity blackout causes him to be hit by a bus, he wakes up to find that he is the only one who remembers the music and lyrics of the Fab Four. The accident…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    Cruella is a decent film and a terrible 101 Dalmatians prequel. Whilst you won’t learn much about the origin of the Disney character you might come out of the movie entertained, even if only by its total rewriting of history.

    The story follows a young woman named Estella who is born with striking black-and-white hair. Following a tragedy which leaves her alone in the world she is forced to make her own way in London as a criminal with her…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    Nomadland is a bleak, beautiful movie which seems to find the cold heart of modern America.

    Fern is a factory worker in Nevada who is forced to move when the only business in the area closes down. She finds herself travelling for seasonal work with a group of nomads, becoming effectively homeless but gaining the freedom to move from place to place. The landscapes she crosses are stark and desolate, but there’s a sense of grandeur which comes close to…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★½

    The second Conjuring sequel is a classically creepy story whose strong atmosphere picks up the slack for its over-the-top elements. The film has the good filmmaking of the core entries of the series despite James Wan being absent from the driver’s seat.

    The story begins with the Warren couple investigating a family struggling with demon possession. After their initial attempt to help goes horribly wrong, the paranormal investigators begin to suspect that a curse has been laid on the family…

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

    Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder’s first zombie movie since 2004 and the most entertaining thing he’s made for a while. It trades the pomposity of his superhero epics for B-movie thrills and is a more stripped down and fun product as a result.

    The plot begins with a mission to transport a dangerous cargo which accidentally unleashes a zombie apocalypse in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries led by David Batista’s Scott Ward are recruited to retrieve $200…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    ★★★

    Eurovision Song Content: The Story of Fire Saga is a campy celebration of the competition and an intermittently amusing two hours of entertainment. It’s not a Spinal Tap level musical parody but it is difficult to dislike.

    Lars and Sigrit are best friends and members of Fire Saga, an unsuccessful Icelandic bar band. Lars has had only one ambition from childhood; to win the Eurovision song contest. Through an unlikely series of events the pair of small-town losers become Iceland’s…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★

    The Woman in the Window is a thriller plagued by cliches and confusing plotting. Unreliable narrators are a mixed blessing; often including one seems to negate almost everything else happening in the story. This is one of the weakest uses of the idea that I can remember.

    The story follows Anna, a psychologist with acute agoraphobia who hasn’t left her house for 10 months. Her problems are not helped by the arrival of the contentious Russell family across the road…

  • Brightburn

    Brightburn

    ★★★★

    Brightburn is a snappy horror story which takes what could have been a tired premise- Superman comes to earth, but turns out to be evil- and executes it with real panache.

    The story follows a couple in Kansas, USA and their son Brandon. Unknown to him, the child is actually an extraterrestrial who arrived on earth in a spaceship 12 years ago. As he enters puberty his powers begin to manifest themselves making him superior to humanity in every way-…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    Sound of Metal is a showcase for some great acting and touching moments, although its central theme is likely to be divisive and alienating to many people.

    The plot follows Ruben, a drummer and half of heavy metal duo Blackgammon with his girlfriend Lou. One morning he wakes up to the realization that he is losing his hearing and that this is likely to destroy his musical career, which sends him spiralling towards abusing drugs. He becomes involved with a…

  • Things Heard & Seen

    Things Heard & Seen

    ★½

    Things Heard and Seen is a bland ghost story which wastes its premise with sluggish pacing and a cheesy finale.

    The plot follows a woman named Catherine’s move to an isolated farm house outside New York for the sake of her philandering husband’s career. The building proves to have a mysterious past and a bad reputation in the local neighbourhood. As time goes by difficulties arise between the couple and they have the uncomfortable suspicion that the previous inhabitants may…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★

    Palm Springs is a self-aware sci-fi comedy which is too light on jokes to be fully successful, despite the charm of its leads.

    Nyles, played by Andy Sandburg, seems to be a regular slacker attending a wedding at a hotel in Palm Springs and enjoying the atmosphere of never-ending relaxation. He has a drunken hook up with Sarah, the sister of the bride, and a series of accidents ensue. Sarah discovers that Nyles is trapped in a quantum time loop…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★★

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier may be the best Marvel film; a tight two-hour thrill ride which delivers some of the high points of modern superhero mythology.

    The story begins as Steve Rogers has resumed service with the US military, but is disillusioned with the cynicism of the modern version of SHIELD. When director Nick Fury is attacked after digging too deeply into some of the agencies’ activities, Rogers and his allies realize that there may be a conspiracy at…