Thursday, July 18

Paddington

Director: Paul King

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddington_(film)

Review: Somehow makes sweet and wholesome film-making seem effortless and breezy with a massive amount of charm and sincerity that never feels overly-sentimental or twee.

Watch it if: You want a film that's good-hearted all the way through.

And if you liked: Mary Poppins, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Check this out: Paddington Bear

Saturday, July 6

Midsommar

Director: Ari Aster

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8772262

Review: A delirious dream, elegantly presented with a tone that’s horrific and unsettling down to its DNA.

Watch it if: You’re ok to just crack your head open and float with a film.

And if you liked: The Wicker Man, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Sunday, June 30

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Director: Mike Dougherty

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741700

Review: Drags towards the end but still succeeds as a bombastic and colourful melee of big moments and fun ideas.

Watch it if: You want something that is just constantly throwing stuff at you.

And if you liked: Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic Park

Toy Story 4

Director: Josh Cooley

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979376

Review: Dips a little in the middle and not as sharp as its predecessors but still delivers some strong emotional heft and a few huge laughs.

Watch it if: You want something that can balance a large amount of threads and tones.

And if you liked: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Friday, June 14

Verotika

Director: Glenn Danzig

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9425078

Review: Plodding, stupid and amateurish with no sense of direction and the thinnest of ideas.

Watch it if: You want to see what it looks like what a 15 year old boy in the body of a 63 year old would make.

And if you liked: Night People, Creepshow 3, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Check this out: Verotik

Wednesday, June 12

Fast & Furious 6

Director: Justin Lin

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1905041

Review: A little messy but undoubtedly compelling and it's fun to see the action pushed to a bonkers degree.

Watch it if: You want to see how big a film can get.

And if you liked: Fast & Furious, Fast Five, The Dark Knight

Monday, June 10

Dark Phoenix

Director: Simon Kinberg

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6565702

Review: At best dull and at worst comedic while trying to be dramatic all hurtling towards a hack paint-by-numbers ending.

Watch it if: You, like me, have seen all the other X-Men films and somehow feel obliged to ride the franchise out into oblivion.

And if you liked: X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: The Last Stand

Check this out: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Wednesday, June 5

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Director: Chad Stahelski

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6146586

Review: Dazzling to look at with inventive action sequences and some genuinely big laughs.

Watch it if: You enjoy seeing creative death sequences.

And if you liked: John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Raid

Fast Five

Director: Justin Lin

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596343

Review: Strikes a tone that allows any level of chaos on screen while still managing to stay rooted in the first film.

Watch it if: You want to see how a franchise can push itself while still retaining its core ingredients.

And if you liked: The Fast and the Furious, Logan Lucky, Skyfall

Tuesday, May 14

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Director: Rob Letterman

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5884052

Review: Held together with a strong noir story and filled with sweet charm and great character moments.

Watch it if: You want to see a video game adaptation that's actually good.

And if you liked: Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back, Captain America: Civil War, Shazam!

Check this out: Detective Pikachu