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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    First viewing of 2018 is a mixed one for me.

    There's a real cinematic prowess to the way Gibson portrays war. In what is easily one of the most gruelling Second World War film sequences since the opening of Saving Private Ryan, he pulls no punches in depicting both the gut-wrenching brutality and heartbreaking loss of battle.

    It's perfectly shot and flows like a river. But that, for me, is Hacksaw Ridge's main problem. It's overly dramatised. The dialogue is…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    You can keep your Elf and your Home Alones. George Bailey running past his crashed car and cheering is all I need at Christmas.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Spike Jonze's first feature film since 2009's Where the Wild Things Are is every bit as humanist and gut-wrenchingly tender. And more. As Joaquin Phoenix's Theodore Twombly - a faux-love letter writer - struggles to cope with his own troubles of romance and L.A. life, he purchases a state-of-the-art operating system, Samantha, which he befriends and becomes increasingly infatuated with.

    What gripped me most about Where the Wild Things Are was Jonze's ability to adapt what is essentially a story…

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★

    The soundtrack is straight out of a John Carpenter film, the central character from a certain 1984 James Cameron effort, and the final third's one that echoes The Shining. All its tongue-in-cheek pastiching aside though, what it most closely resembles (and I only put my finger on this when someone mentioned it afterwards) is Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, but somewhat less domestic. Dan Stevens is also fantastic in a darkly nuanced central performance.