27th July 2016
So used have we become to the wink-to-camera double entendres of recent ‘children’s’ blockbusters that The BFG ends up feeling a bit too innocent for anyone but the youngest of viewers.
1st June 2016
What was intended to be a human interest piece ends up verging on melodrama when the wrongdoing is too easily isolated. Questions of complicity, diligence and self-preservation in the end get side-lined.
27th May 2016
This film gives us another lens through which to ask a perennially important question: how do you choose to live the life you are given?
19th May 2016
Our Kind of Traitor
Gilding the edges of the well-executed if ultimately predictably tropes of international espionage fiction, are glimmerings of a more thrilling because ultimately more personal story.
17th May 2016
Captain America: Civil War
With an increasingly impressive self-critique, Marvel's 'superheroes' have adopted a humbler name in a film which makes overtures to a more fragile, reflective, even responsible adulthood.
5th May 2016
The intensity of J.G. Ballard's novel comes from holding the extreme behaviour of its characters in dialectic with the cold rationality underpinning it. Without the contrast, the film lacks momentum.
21st April 2016
Eye in the Sky
This film about drone warfare raises questions about dissociation of risk, accountability and transparency. It is to be watched not so much for what it is but for what it encourages us to think about.
19th April 2016
The Jungle Book
The film dazzles with advanced digital technology, but if imagination can be instructively distinguished from distraction, then this film is deeply unimaginative.
1st April 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The film raises very interesting questions but provides few answers given the many functions which it has to fulfil. Story-telling is unfortunately lost to action.
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