Saturday, May 20

Alien: Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316204

Review: An odd mixture of effective atmosphere and plodding moments that wind together to make something not entirely dissatisfying but unlikely to knock anyone out either.

Watch it if: You're interested in the Alien universe.

And if you liked: Prometheus, Alien, Jurassic Park

Sunday, May 7

The Punisher (2004)

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330793

Review: Bizarrely inconsistent in tone with no real handle on what it wants to do but at least never bores.

Watch it if: You enjoy being baffled by what a film can come up with to throw at you.

And if you liked: Daredevil, Spider-Man, Super Mario Bros.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198

Review: Potentially over-ambitious in its setups but delivers so well on so many of them that it elevates itself to a powerful emotional climax.

Watch it if: You're interested in a strongly character driven superhero movie.

And if you liked: Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Wednesday, April 5

T2 Trainspotting

Director: Danny Boyle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2763304

Review: Drags a little and leaves some aspects dangling but delivers a far more interesting and entertaining followup than anyone could've expected.

Watch it if: You're interested in these characters and this world.

And if you liked: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Blade Runner

Wednesday, March 22

The Monster Squad

Director: Fred Dekker

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093560

Review: Could have a stronger plot but still delivers on its tone and manages to give the monsters a modern twist while keeping their roots.

Watch it if: You enjoy the particular trend of kid-gang movies that thrived in the 80s.

And if you liked: Fright Night, The Goonies, Hocus Pocus

Monday, March 13

Kong: Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562

Review: Clear in its vision with a strong tone with well-realised characters and some genuinely breathtaking monster action.

Watch it if: You enjoy a fun film that takes its craft and detail seriously.

And if you liked: Godzilla (2014), Jurassic Park, Pacific Rim

Sunday, March 5

Logan

Director: James Mangold

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342

Review: Poignant in its relationships and tense in its action with a clear sense of tone and some very well handled performances.

Watch it if: You can handle some fairly brutal violence.

And if you liked: The Wolverine, Terminator: 2 Judgment Day, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Friday, March 3

Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448

Review: Tense and inventive with an absolutely bizarre plot and a strong clarity of purpose.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing a fresh new voice in the genre.

And if you liked: The Invitation, The House of the Devil, Under the Skin

Sunday, February 26

Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340

Review: Informative and entertaining in equal measure with a good handle on what it wants to say and strong characters all round.

Watch it if: You enjoy a lively, feel-good movie that still takes its subject matter seriously.

And if you liked: An Adventure in Space and Time, Selma, Forrest Gump

Wednesday, February 15

Inferno

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062096

Review: A fairly exhausting ramble that doesn't resolve its mysteries and underwhelms with its turns.

Watch it if: You genuinely feel the need to?

And if you liked: The Da Vinci Code, Now You See Me 2, Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Check this out: Inferno