Monday, June 18

Hereditary

Director: Ari Aster

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604

Review: Terrifying and hilarious in equal measure with some some perfectly constructed sections and an absolutely bonkers through-line.

Watch it if: You enjoy something that undercuts your expectations to surprise you.

And if you liked: Rosemary's Baby, Kill List, Drag Me to Hell, The Babadook

My Friend Dahmer

Director: Marc Meyers

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2291540

Review: Strange and informative with a moody sense of melancholy and a well handled reality.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing something that can humanise a killer without excusing them.

And if you liked: Elephant, Dazed & Confused, River's Edge

Check this out: My Friend Dahmer

Monday, June 4

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3778644

Review: Contains a few atrocious ideas but mostly romps along well with a lot of fun action and some truly lovely cinematography.

Watch it if: You're ok with some well made fluff.

And if you liked: Star Trek, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Ant-Man

Monday, May 21

Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5463162/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Review: Holds the same problems as the first and is definitely a mess but is absolutely fun and silly enough all the way through to justify itself.

Watch it if: You're ok with something just being what it is for better or worse.

And if you liked: Deadpool, Looper, Logan

Sunday, April 29

Avengers: Infinity War

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154756

Review: What should be an absolute mess somehow hangs together with plenty of intimacy balanced with great, huge moments and the courage and ambition to centre on melancholy rather than bombast.

Watch it if: You're ok having your heart ripped out.

And if you liked: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Warcraft: The Beginning, The Dark Knight Rises

Saturday, April 21

A Quiet Place

Director: John Krasinski

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200

Review: A little big over-scored but otherwise works as a masterwork in tension and editing with strong performances and consistent themes.

Watch it if: You're capable of staying quiet in a cinema for 90 minutes.

And if you liked: Signs, Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead

Thursday, April 12

Windy City Heat

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383053

Review: Hard to land on in terms of the morality of it all but I can't deny that it's fascinating to observe.

Watch it if: You're intrigued by how far a bit can go.

And if you liked: This is Spinal Tap, An Idiot Abroad, The Disaster Artist

Monday, April 2

Isle of Dogs

Director: Wes Anderson

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5104604

Review: Drags a little bit but still carries an abundance of ideas and a handmade charm.

Watch it if: You can get through some fairly rough cultural broad strokes.

And if you liked: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, Bottle Rocket

Friday, March 30

Game Over, Man!

Director: Kyle Newacheck

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3317234

Review: Loses control of itself from time to time but always comes back to dropping decent laughs and enjoyably silly ideas.

Watch it if: You're ok with some meandering if it's all in the name of good fun.

And if you liked: Workaholics, Die Hard, Tropic Thunder

Sunday, March 25

Unsane

Director: Steven Soderbergh

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7153766

Review: Reveals its cards a little earlier than it could have but remains an effective and interesting genre piece with some fascinating visuals and a fun sense of what it is.

Watch it if: You've ever sat through a piece of bargain schlock wondering if it could be any better.

And if you liked: The Ninth Configuration, Misery, The Shining