Rebecca Sonnenshine's adaptation of the popular podcast leans into its influences, bringing together Polanski and Kubrick (and adding a little Tarkovsky for effect) to build a tale of cults, covens and meticulous tape restoration.
Adam McKay's Chicken Little for adults is just shy of being funny, just shy of being insightful and just shy of being a good movie. What it isn't shy of is impotently railing at the stupidity of government and media.
The multiverse gets mixed up and only Spider-Man can fix it and Marvel rediscovers how to make big-impact tent-pole blockbusters with the Spectacular, Sensational, Astonishing and Amazing 'No Way Home'.
In Anders Thomas Jensen’s black comedy, Mads Mikkelsen takes on a biker gang in a movie about accidents, coincidences, computer hacking, large Danish barns and, perhaps most surprisingly, the psychological toll caused by a quest for revenge.
The genre defining “bounty hunter in space” story, Cowboy Bebop, returns to television screens after more than twenty years. Bringing live action and faithful production design but leaving behind the Real Folk Blues and, sadly, any heart.
The Wheel of Time (Amazon) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
by Tom Davies
With Amazon still searching for its Game of Thrones, the adaptation of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s best-selling series of novels manages to mostly set aside teen angst to craft an uneven but pacey high fantasy adventure.
With a full turn towards horror, Edgar Wright has crafted a modern ghost story that displays all the hallmarks of his greatness and still manages to fall short with a confused angle on sexual dynamics.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage delivers exactly what anyone could reasonably expect, which is to say more of the same. A messy, flabby, ironically toothless affair that provides a little light superhero entertainment.
A heady mix of Stephen King and… other, different Stephen King, new horror maestro, Mike Flanagan’s wholly original supernatural/religious fear-spinner comes to Netflix a full month before Halloween. Timing.
Sion Sono’s first film in English is a post-apocalyptic neo-noir where Nic Cage gets a bomb strapped to each testicle so that he can rescue a cowboy's daughter from a Samurai thunderdome. This sounds too good to be true...
American Horror Stories (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review
by Tom Davies
The opening episode of Ryan Murphy’s latest take on his anthology show returns to its roots with a trip back to the Murder House. But is there still a story worth telling there if Jessica Lange isn’t there to help tell it?
Dealing with one of the most emotionally complex elements of the post-9/11 fallout, Worth asks for answers on how to calculate the value of someone’s life and looking to the law, to mathematics, to logic, finds them wanting.
Jason Momoa stars in a movie dealing with the weighty issue of unaffordable healthcare in the US and the impact of big pharma’s cutthroat attitude to cancer treatments on normal families… WITH PUNCH UPS.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review
by Tom Davies
He-Man’s back! Remember He-Man? He’s back! Kevin Smith pens a surprisingly enjoyable part soft-reboot, part continuation of the original toy advert. No, shut-up, listen, it’s actually pretty good. No, I promise it is!
Alexander Dreymon’s beard goes from cool Viking guy to dirt-bag sleaze-boy with a simple change of shirt and Keith David refuses to do simple stunts like exiting a plane in Amazon’s latest whatever-the-hell-this-is.
Justin Lin, the patron saint of petrol returns to the long running series with its new subtitle: The Fast Saga. But where the last two movies have stalled, can he finally kick it back into high gear for a good turnover at the box office?
Being a bit derivative is the least of the problems faced by Netflix’s recent acquisition from Tracy Letts and Joe Wright, leaving you asking the question: how can these people possibly be responsible for this film?