Monday, August 14

The Dark Tower

Director: Nikolaj Arcel

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648190

Review: Some great pieces of design and a gorgeous score doesn't save a rushed and clearly over-noted plot and an approach that simply does not work.

Watch it if: You're curious about how this turned out.

And if you liked: Dune, Stargate, Warcraft: The Beginning

Saturday, August 12

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2250912

Review: Disjointed in its plotting but novel enough and charming enough to carry it past its flaws.

Watch it if: You want to see a refreshing take on Spider-Man.

And if you liked: Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War

Sunday, July 30

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Director: Luc Besson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2239822

Review: Runs too long and has hammy dialogue that could turn many off but carries a central charm that's hard to ignore and delivers plenty of visual spectacle to enjoy.

Watch it if: You like a movie that throws a lot of stuff at you.

And if you liked: The Fifth Element, Jupiter Ascending, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

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David Lynch: The Art Life

Director: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691152

Review: Textural and organic feeling with a sense of honesty and a fantastic number of visual examples.

Watch it if: You're interested in David Lynch?

And if you liked: Meeting People is Easy, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

Dunkirk

Director: Christopher Nolan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5013056

Review: Technically intricate to the point that it becomes somewhat alienating but still delivers enough tension and character to draw you in.

Watch it if: You're interested in a film that risks failing on experimentation rather than succeeding on safety.

And if you liked: Interstellar, Inception

Tuesday, July 4

The Big Sick

Director: Michael Showalter

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5462602

Review: Patient with its character building in a way that pulls you in while refusing to take the easy, un-complex path.

Watch it if: You enjoy this particular style of slice-of-life, humour inflected drama.

And if you liked: Obvious Child, Other People

Fifty Shades Darker

Director: James Foley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4465564

Review: Manages to try so little that the first movie seems hard working with an unfollowable plot and groaning dialogue.

Watch it if: You want to?

And if you liked: Fifty Shades of Grey

Thursday, June 29

Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3890160

Review: Not as tight as it could be but delivers a strong tone on top of some seriously cool action.

Watch it if: You're sick of movies that don't cut to the music.

And if you liked: The Blues Brothers, Drive, Vanishing Point

Monday, June 19

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Director: Stephen Norrington

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0311429

Review: Falls flat in most of its plotting but delivers some nice ideas and some enjoyable production design.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing a weird mix of reasonably impressive CGI and completely unfinished CGI.

And if you liked: Mystery Men, The Da Vinci Code, Hellboy

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Saturday, June 17

Swiss Army Man

Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinart

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4034354

Review: Delivers awe through strong performances and a non-pretentious backdoor while managing to hold a balance of emotion and comedy well.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing cinematic profundity being skewered and celebrated.

And if you liked: Where the Wild Things Are, Cast Away, Beasts of Southern Wild