• Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    It’s messy, yes, and has a script that’s much too prone to expository dialogue, but it’s a Marvel movie with some flavour (no, honestly, it is) and at least tells a relatively self-contained story - and it’s a lot of fun!

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    God I’m gay

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    This is a great fucking movie. So tactile and absurd and gruesome and grungy, with just the right balance of horror and humour. Such rich photography, complemented by an inventive, precise edit and stellar sound design. The pairing of a razor-sharp script and a charismatic cast sees it home.

    The “Avalanche” scene, post-pornography but pre-butchery, is one of my favs I’ve seen in a long time. The movies!!

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    I think people will poke holes in this and that it’ll be justified, but to see The Batman revel in its own curated maximalism is such a joy that I’m really not interested in the mechanics of it all. A film to be seen as big and as loud as possible - if you’re not shellshocked by the freeway car chase, you’re not watching it in the right cinema.

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★½

    Lot a dicks and cum in this. Not a complaint so much as an observation

  • The Duke

    The Duke

    ★★★½

    The type of film your mum would like and your gran would love, and doesn’t have pretensions of anything more than that. A really nice way to spend a couple of hours!

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★

    Less than the sum of its parts, but its parts are worthwhile

  • Uncharted

    Uncharted

    ★★½

    Perfunctory popcorn fluff, but there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★

    My joke about the murder not originally being planned and them having to adjust because “Armie Hammer just did that” had been redacted for legal reasons

  • The Kid Who Would Be King

    The Kid Who Would Be King

    ★★

    I had really hoped (and expected!) to like this but it is firmly in the not-for-me column. If you’re gonna centre your film around a child cast, make sure they’re decent child actors!!

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    A film very much of two halves, though not to its detriment. Bradley Cooper evolves from an almost silent protagonist to a man who talks to much, as he steps out from beaten tents pitched in well-trodden mud in favour of polished hallways and art-deco hotel rooms. Both worlds are recognised beautifully - the costuming and the set design are immaculate, sumptuous, and tactile. The cinematography is imaginative, delicate, calm, painterly. The dialogue sings, even where the story sags. It’s long…

  • Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour

    Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour

    ★★★★½

    As someone who isn’t a Swiftie, this made me feel as though I always had been but also made me feel embarrassed for not being one sooner. The scale of the live show itself is on another level, but the quality of the recording isn’t to be understated either, with handsome photography and a killer edit. Taylor herself comes across as both a born performer and an actual flesh-and-blood human at once, and not even the appearance of C*m*l* C*b*ll* during Shake It Off is enough to spoil the fun. Sad I didn’t get to see this live, but failing that this will more than suffice.