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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★

    Small, wise and nuanced take on familiar material, though honestly, my favourite thing about it is how, by bumping up the gain on the Arri Alexa Mini, digital noise actually looks closer to film grain.

  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown

    The Ballad of Lefty Brown

    ★★★½

    A new kind of pitiful, but unwaveringly loyal hero for the old west.

    Bill Pullman's best work since Lost Highway twenty years ago, sees writer-director Jared Moshe make good on the low-budget promise of his Western debut Dead Man's Burden with something more lavishly immersed in the period and accurately aimed at the elegiacally sophisticated cinema of contemporary examples of the genre like Unforgiven.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

    #NotMyFranchise #BringBackGeorge #MoreEnglishAccents

    My heart sank as early as the opening crawl, inaccurately describing how The First Order had dealt The Resistance a lethal blow (last I checked, who had their Starkiller base obliterated along with an incalculable amount of weapons and manpower?), and is now in orbit above their secret base in the midst of an evacuation (hello, insultingly lazy Empire Strikes Back re-tread! The first of many, 'cause you know, xeroxing A New Hope worked out so well…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ½

    In place of rapey anal jokes (unless you count the title), we've got an extended fingering gag!

    They may dress like it, but none of the characters or the makers of this repellant trash have any class or clue about acting like a gentleman.

    For a second time, Matthew Vaughn tries to sell us on the idea of Colin Firth's Harry Hart being a firm believer of "manners maketh man", but these are empty words, for this even fouler-mouthed sequel's…