Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

Considering how huge of a Hollywood star she is, I was surprised to realise that over the last decade, the only new performances I had seen by Angelina Jolie were her outings as Disney’s iconic ‘villain’ in Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. I was pretty neutral on the first, and flat out disliked the…

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

At this stage in my adult life, I must admit that I am way behind the pace when it comes to keeping up with all of the latest animated features. I’m not particularly proud of it, but I tend to make the effort for each new Disney and Pixar release, and then leave everything else…

Here Are The Young Men (2020)

As you are growing up and experiencing your own adolescence, I think it’s natural to gravitate towards films that detail some of the growing pains and events that feel familiar to you at the time. Though my life was rarely as dramatic as the screen narratives, movies like The Basketball Diaries, Thirteen, Kids and even…

Stowaway (2021)

Well, here we are, on the other side of Oscars weekend, and I couldn’t be more baffled by what went down on Sunday night. I’m not talking about Anthony Hopkins’ shock Best Actor win over Chadwick Boseman (an upset that I actually think was more than deserved), I’m talking about the handful of production decisions…

Thunder Force (2021)

When it comes to the career and performances of Melissa McCarthy, my personal relationship with the actress seems to be very much a case of one step forward, two steps back. She’s hit plenty of cinematic highs (for me) with the likes of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, hell, I even…

Concrete Cowboy (2021)

One of the things that I love most in cinema is when a film invites me into a world or subculture that I had previously known nothing about. It’s one thing to watch a documentary and be given a very A-Z style education on a subject, but it’s an entirely different feeling when you are…

The Father (2020)

When the time comes to make one’s way through the annual bunch of Oscar nominated films, I treat the task very much like Pokemon, I gotta catch ’em all! My task for this year is nearly complete, with one of the few ‘major category’ films still to check off the list being Florian Zeller’s The…

Cherry (2021)

Whilst logging into Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch original content is almost second nature to me now at this point, something I had never done until this week was watching any kind of original film programming on Apple TV+. What better to pop my platform cherry with, then, than a film actually called Cherry?…

The World To Come (2020)

Another day, another lesbian period romance. At least that’s how it has felt for the last couple of years, but I’m not complaining! From Ammonite to Vita & Virginia to Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and beyond, this particular sub genre seems to be having quite a high profile renaissance of late, and for…

Raya And The Last Dragon (2021)

It feels impossible to think about those heady days of BC (before corona) cinema, but I only realised today that since the start of the pandemic we haven’t haven’t had a new release from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Pixar bookended 2020 with Onward and Soul, but you have to go back to Frozen II in…