• 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Roger Deakins the real star of 1917. His gliding, shifting, snaking, peering, tracking, ducking, diving, dodging, bobbing, weaving, sliding, scooting, whirling, climbing camerawork just sells the experience of being there with a visceral sense of urgency.

    That's all ably and stoically supported by quietly impressive performances from the leading duo of Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield.

    Sam Mendes' Great War tribute is a curious blend of very personal circumstance and wowza action…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. His new movie Jojo Rabbit is yet another beneficiary of the sheer force of personality. The drama is well performed, the comedy well placed. The big question surrounding his passion project (is this a passion project?) was whether he could pull off the tonal balance. While his portrayal of Hitler as a complete dolt is the defining element of the movie overall, I think he…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    It's official. Robert Eggers' followup to his memorable, statement-making début horror The Witch from 2015, is the movie to beat this year for me. Granted, I haven't been able to see all these other must-see movies that the cool kids have seen (Jojo Rabbit; Parasite; Honey Boy; Waves) but The Lighthouse is one of those perception-skewing horrors that is going to be responsible for many a night's odd dreams. This is a fucking awesome, brutally weird, insanely performed and inexplicable…

  • Super Size Me

    Super Size Me

    ★★½

    Spend an hour plus of your life watching a dude get fat on Mickey D's. You can actually feel the grease pouring out of your skin. Gross. And not at all a revelation. McDonald's sucks.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★★

    A feel-great film pretty much from beginning to end, Craig Brewer's heartfelt tribute to the one-and-only Rudy Ray Moore is a blast from the past that both celebrates black culture and examines the finer details of filmmaking through the prism of a making of a bonafide classic blaxploitation film. Led by a classic Eddie Murphy performance and further bolstered by a terrific ensemble, this just might be the best thing Netflix has on offer at this moment. A true joy to behold, with only a minor gripe or two about pacing, particularly around the midsection.

  • The Red Sea Diving Resort

    The Red Sea Diving Resort

    ★★

    Inspired by the real-life rescue mission, code-name Operation Brothers, in which a group of Mossad agents helped smuggle tens of thousands of Ethiopian-Jewish refugees out of Sudan and back to Israel in the 1980s, using a dilapidated tourist outpost as a cover. The story it tells is absolutely inspiring, but unfortunately the execution and the performances make it all seem like a vacation. A game cast turns up but is monumentally wasted, none more than Michael Kenneth Williams who disappears…

  • Polar

    Polar

    For the record, I wasn’t peer pressured into this, I watched the notorious Polar (an adaptation of some online graphic novel) on my own, albeit with more than a little morbid curiosity fueling what would turn out to be a terrible, terrible decision. Polar is one of the stupidest, most over-the-top trashy movies I have seen in some time. It’s a masturbatory aid for people with violence fetishes that made me pine for the artistic restraint of Rob Zombie. It’s…

  • Armageddon

    Armageddon

    ★★★½

    A bonus half star for being one of the most brilliant ads for Aerosmith ever. But fuck Michael Bay. Hard in the ass.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★

    "Screeeeewwwwww yoooooouuuu!" Lololol!!

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    An all-time classic.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★

    I've always found it amusing how if you rearrange the letters in 'Sith' you get 'Shit,' which sums up this movie wonderfully.