Sunday, December 17

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336

Review: Too long with some problems but absolutely dazzling and fun with serious emotional heft.

Watch it if: You can appreciate something going for broke even if it stumbles along the way.

And if you liked: The Empire Strikes Back, Dune, Pacific Rim

Thursday, December 7

The Disaster Artist

Director: James Franco

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3521126

Review: Energetic in an engaging way with some fascinating choices and great use of cues from the source material.

Watch it if: You're interested in a late 90s/early 00s period piece.

And if you liked: Ed Wood, Bowfinger, The Great Gatsby

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Thursday, November 23

Angels & Demons

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808151

Review: Unbelievably long and boring with no sense of tension and a completely predictable twist.

Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: The Da Vinci Code, Inferno

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774

Review: Melancholy and hilarious where it needs to be with fully realised characters and a strong sense of theme.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film not having a tidy resolution.

And if you liked: No Country for Old Men, True Grit (2010), In Bruges, Fargo

Sunday, November 19

Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015

Review: Weird as hell and riddled with baffling choices with messy, boring action but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find Aquaman entertaining.

Watch it if: You're fascinated by the mania of something like this.

And if you liked: Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Batman Forever

Friday, November 17

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

Director: Chris Smith

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7214762

Review: A bizarre mix of touching moments and utter arrogance mixed up in some fascinating footage.

Watch it if: You're interested in Andy Kaufman.

And if you liked: Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey

Monday, November 13

Thor: Ragnorok

Director: Taika Waititi

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3501632

Review: Just the right amount of silly with some lovely design and a lot of great humour.

Watch it if: You enjoy something that puts fun first.

And if you liked: Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars

Wednesday, November 8

Happy Death Day

Director: Christopher Landon

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5308322/

Review: Doesn't change the world but does its job in delivering a tidy and fun movie with a pretty good mystery to it.

Watch it if: You enjoy a reasonably smart horror movie.

And if you liked: Scream, The Cabin in the Woods, Groundhog Day

Monday, October 30

Jigsaw

Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3348730

Review: One or two effective moments nestled in a flat and uninteresting film with twists that only elicit a reaction of "oh ok".

Watch it if: You can't help yourself.

And if you liked: The Saw films.

Sunday, October 29

Cult of Chucky

Director: Don Mancini

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3280262

Review: Starts well but falls into a crumbling mess around halfway and never recovers.

Watch it if: You're heavily invested in the Chucky series.

And if you liked: Curse of Chucky, Child's Play 3