• Peggy Sue Got Married

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    ★★★

    Kathleen Turner is great but the movie around her is a bit unfocussed and doesn't really channel the Nicholas Cage of it all right - he's weird and dweeby when you want him to be complex and romantic. Also features distracting Jim Carrey being exactly the same Jim Carrey as he became after stardom.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    Very much Oscar bait stuff for Will Smith including downplaying tricky elements of the story like the Jehovahs witness faith or the extra children that this film doesn't want to focus on, but it does effectively choose an appropriate place to start and finish, some interesting insight into the overlap between sport and race and an insight into raising children in a hothouse climate

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    A solid follow up in the series that combines teen drama, film criticism and mass murder. If the teen drama feels a little flatter it might be that I'm further from being a teen than i was during the first four films and that the back-to-basics plot line ultimately doesn't really give the newbies much more to be than potential locations for knives to go or suspects, but it's still reasonably solid with a slightly higher taste for gore than the mid range sequels

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★

    This ddoesn't exactly add a lot to the original, it's very much a case of playing the hits, although McKenna Grace gives it every bit of charm it has outside "remember the first movie". The climax does do the criminal job of wasting JK Simmons on a barely-there cameo, as well as going exceissively sentimental in the last five minutes in ways that are kinda unnecessary. For all that whining I did kinda enjoy the wallow in nostalgia (not just the original, there's also an overlay of mid 80s Spielberg Amblin House Style in there too).

  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    ★★½

    One of Gilliam's "looks very good but the story is all over the place" films - yes, undoubtedly the death of Heath Ledger messed up the narrative but based on his films since the 2000s I doubt that this would have come out significantly narratively clearer had Ledger lived.

  • 8½

    ★★★½

    It's simultaneously gorgeous to look at (black and white has rarely been used this well), and a teensy bit self-indulgent - films about directors who don't know what film they're making next who sublimate their confusion into flings with various women have sorta become a mini-genre thanks to this and they often feel about as mastabatory as this (though seldom as gorgeous). It is worth seeing on the big screen at least once to experience the sumptuousness, but I don't know that I'm going to be rushing back to see this again.

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    Only loses half a star because they never show where the kolaches are in the donut shop and as someone who is about two years away from his last visit to a Texas donut shop I needed the visual hit. But otherwise this is an excellent study of a sociopath, after Sean Baker's last two films spent time with impoverished sex workers in LA and Orlando we get a fast talking, similarly impoverished sex worker in Texas City Texas, constantly…

  • Local Hero

    Local Hero

    ★★★★½

    A charming culture-clash comedy that doesn't condescend or mock either of the cultures - featuring a practically foetal Peter Capaldi as an ungainly offsider, some gorgeous Scottish scenery, a delightful billionaire deus-ex-machina in Burt Lancaster and a huge amount of gentle skill.

  • My Brilliant Career

    My Brilliant Career

    ★★★½

    An Australian classic and a look at an unconventional female lead, giving a great launch to Judy Davis and Sam Neill. as a young woman tries to work out what her future should be in a society that's trying to lock her in before she's ready.

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★½

    An okay scary-house thriller that kinda lets a couple of the motives get away from it but has a pretty strong Rebecca Hall performance anyway being sarcastic and angry at stuff.

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★½

    A combination of Russian angst and sci-fi conceptualism creates a fairly leisurely paced psychological enigma of a film that has an interesting period visual style.

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

    The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

    ★★★

    Another Beatles documentary - even though it's using the touring as focus, for anybody who's watched one before a lot of the material is reasonably familiar. It's a nice revisit to a mythology