Monday, August 22

Kubo and the Two Strings

Director: Travis Knight

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4302938

Review: Elegant and poetic with beautiful design and a genuinely breathtaking production.

Watch it if: You're ok with an animated film not shying away from the darker aspects of life.

And if you liked: Song of the Sea, Princess Mononoke, The Secret of Kells

Monday, August 8

Don't Think Twice

Director: Mike Birbiglia

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972062

Review: A few small contrivances aside, delivers some fairly real truths and a good amount of laughs.

Watch it if: You're interested in the comedy world.

And if you liked: Saturday Night Live

Friday, August 5

Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386697

Review: One or two pieces of nice design amongst a mess of bad characterisation, meaningless winking and unsettling implications.

Watch it if: You want to be baffled by a weirdly long string of unnecessary needle-drops.

And if you liked: Watchmen, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ghostbusters

Sunday, July 24

Star Trek Beyond

Director: Justin Lin

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2660888

Review: Has some odd pacing and never quite hits an absolute high but has enough fun to hold it together to the end.

Watch it if: You like Star Trek.

And if you liked: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Event Horizon

Monday, July 18

The Lobster

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3464902

Review: Unsettling and funny with some genuinely bizarre aspects and great use of mundanity.

Watch it if: You can handle a few scenes of cruelty.

And if you liked: Sightseers, Never Let me Go, Cold Souls

Saturday, July 16

Ghostbusters (2016)

Director: Paul Feig

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289401

Review: A few odd editing choices aside, delivers laughs and fun consistently with good characterisations and really interesting SFX design.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing Kate McKinnon take over the world. 

And if you liked: Ghostbusters, The Frighteners, Keanu

Friday, July 8

The Neon Demon

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1974419

Review: Haunting in its photography and scoring with a strange plot and some startling moments.

Watch it if: You're ok with some bizarre and disturbing scenes.

And if you liked: Only God Forgives, Suspiria, Starry Eyes, Carrie

Tuesday, June 14

Vertigo

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357

Review: A great plot told poetically with beautiful cinematography and music.

Watch it if: You've somehow never seen it like I hadn't.

And if you liked: Suspiria, Rear Window, Trance

Check this out: D'entre les Morts

Monday, June 6

Warcraft

Director: Duncan Jones

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0803096

Review: Delivers strong colour-work and well defined characters yet despite its clarity of vision it still manages to meander.

Watch it if: You want to see a fantasy film that's a bit bolder with its design choices.

And if you liked: Army of Darkness, Return of the Jedi, Lord of the Rings

The Nice Guys

Director: Shane Black

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3799694

Review: A well written slow reveal plot with some great physical comedy and hilarious snappy dialogue.

Watch it if: You want to see something where Russell Crowe is entertaining.

And if you liked: Inherent Vice, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Big Lebowski