Tuesday, March 19

Velvet Buzzsaw

Director: Dan Gilroy

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7043012

Review: Messy and unfocused with a decent setting but no real sense of how to approach its story without clear derivation.

Watch it if: You want to see something that respects a genre but doesn't understand how to do it.

And if you liked: Phantasm, The Final Destination, Murder Party

Wednesday, March 13

2 Fast 2 Furious

Director: John Singleton

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322259

Review: Not as successful a story as the first but funnier and sillier enough to carry it through.

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

And if you liked: Point Break, The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious

Director: Rob Cohen

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0232500

Review: Bonkers and dated in just the right ways with a decently put together story and a strong central action sequence.

Watch it if: You want something that's a clear cross-section of the time it was made.

And if you liked: Point Break, Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Tuesday, March 12

Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154664

Review: Falls into some frustrating clichés early on but manages to otherwise handle a solid story with great ideas and strong spectacle.

Watch it if: You want something dazzling with a reasonable depth of character.

And if you liked: Men in Black, Star Wars, Star Trek

Thursday, February 28

Lords of Chaos

Director: Jonas Åkerlund

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4669296

Review: Does a good job using humour to ground the story in reality without shirking away from the more grim aspects.

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

And if you liked: River's Edge, Metalhead, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, We Are the Best!

Check this out: Lords of Chaos

Wednesday, January 30

First Reformed

Director: Paul Schrader

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6053438

Review: Contemplative and stark in the right ways with a great central performance and a gripping sense of tone.

Watch it if: You're ok with something of a head-scratcher.

And if you liked: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Silence, Taxi Driver

Saturday, January 19

Glass

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6823368

Review: Slow and long but never quite breaks into boredom or sluggishness with some interesting ideas and a tone that lends itself well to the strangeness it delivers.

Watch it if: You're happy to let a film go where it wants to go rather than where you expect it to.

And if you liked: Unbreakable, Split

Friday, January 18

Ocean's Eight

Director: Gary Ross

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5164214

Review: Delivers a solid heist plot with a spate of strong and funny characters and a slick sense of style.

Watch it if: You enjoy both a heist movie and a fun hangout movie.

And if you liked: Ocean's Eleven, Logan Lucky

Game Night

Director: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2704998

Review: Could have turned the knife a little harder towards the end but still delivers a fun enough plot with at least one fantastic performance.

Watch it if: You want something with a few twists and turns in it.

And if you liked: The Man Who Knew Too Little, The Hangover

Friday, January 4

Bird Box

Director: Susanne Bier

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2737304

Review: A reasonably strong first half that loses momentum towards a fairly unsatisfying third act.

Watch it if: You want to see a few interesting ideas in a relatively familiar setting.

And if you liked: Dawn of the Dead (2004), The Mist, A Quiet Place

Check this out: Bird Box