Friday, July 31

Little Joe

Director: Jessica Hausner

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9204204

Review: Could maybe use an extra push but still delivers a fascinating tone with intriguing music and a great use of colour.

Watch it if: You're ok with something chilly and low-key.

And if you liked: The Lobster, Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, Shivers

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Director: Thor Freudenthal

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1854564

Review: Nothing particularly new to show but carries itself along reasonably well with a certain amount of charm.

Watch it if: You want something reasonably inoffensive.

And if you liked: The Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games, Power Rangers

Check this out: The Sea of Monsters

Monday, July 13

Charlie's Angels (2019)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5033998

Review: A refreshing blast of fun and intrigue with strong action and a real sense of effortlessness.

Watch it if: Yu want something that knows exactly what it needs to be and delivers.

And if you liked: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Ocean's 8, Charlie's Angels

Tuesday, July 7

Men in Black: International

Director: F. Gary Gray

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2283336

Review: Carries a few good ideas and interesting designs but never stops feeling like an middle draft of a decent story before they really made it sing.

Watch it if: You're naturally drawn to the Men in Black franchise.

And if you liked: Men in Black 3, Ghostbusters (2016)

Tuesday, June 23

Ready or Not

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7798634

Review: Funny and pacy with a solid idea at the centre and a strong lead performance that carries the whole piece.

Watch it if: You want something that successfully builds its options so any path will be satisfying.

And if you liked: You're Next, The House of the Devil, Would You Rather

Saturday, May 16

Clue

Director: Jonathan Lynn

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088930

Review: A strong ensemble cast with a clear sense of tone and a good rollicking pace.

Watch it if: You want something that knows exactly what it is.

And if you liked: Tales from the Crypt, Knives Out, Would You Rather

Brahms: The Boy II

Director: William Brent Bell

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9173418

Review: Beyond silly in every detail but manages to pull through in terms of raw entertainment.

Watch it if: You accept that the film will go where it wants to go regardless of previously established ideas.

And if you liked: The Boy, The Conjuring, Sinister 2

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Director: Cathy Yan

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7713068

Review: A little too self-indulgent in places but carries through with charm and aplomb.

Watch it if: You're ok with something that goes a little nastier than it needs to sometimes.

And if you liked: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Kill Bill, Deadpool

Thursday, May 7

Encino Man

Director: Les Mayfield

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104187

Review: Fairly thin on the ground but reasonably distracting in a harmless way.

Watch it if: You want to see an early 90s comedy that somehow skirts most of the usual things that would date it.

And if you liked: George of the Jungle, Good Burger

Sunday, April 26

Extra Ordinary

Director: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8233874

Review: Soaking in specific detail and wit with a strong ensemble cast and consistently funny jokes.

Watch it if: You want something that knows to its core what it is and what it wants to do.

And if you liked: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, What We Do in the Shadows, Shaun of the Dead, Mandy