Saturday, January 31

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director: Matthew Vaughn


Review: Riddled with unsettling and problematic stuff but manages to pull off some strong and compelling action set-pieces and some darkly comic violent spectacle.

Watch it if: You're ok with watching a film that is 100% utter UTTER male fantasy.

And if you liked: Wanted, James Bond, Kick-Ass

Check this out: The Secret Service

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Director: Don Taylor


Review: Deceptively intelligent movie with an engaging plot and strongly realised characters.

Watch it if: You're ok with a reasonably grim outcome.

And if you liked: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Dead

Monday, January 26

The X-Files

Director: Rob Bowman


Review: Plays out like an extra long, scary and revelatory episode with a higher budget and more exciting action set pieces.

Watch it if: You've seen the first 5 seasons of The X-Files.

And if you liked: Stargate, Alien, Mission: Impossible

Saturday, January 24

Ex Machina

Director: Alex Garland


Review: Ends a scene late and never quite packs as hard a punch as it should but looks and feels beautiful with nice design and a good score.

Watch it if: You like to see more serious understated science-fiction.

And if you liked: Ghost in the Shell, Minority Report


Director: Stephen Knight


Review: A gripping exercise in subtlety with a perfect pace and a strong knowledge of how to build its stakes.

Watch it if: You're skeptical about single actor, single location films.

And if you liked: Red Eye, Buried, Drive

Sunday, January 18

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Director: Ted Post


Review: Enjoyable downer sequel that has no qualms with getting strange.

Watch it if: You're ok with a movie sequel just going weird as balls.

And if you liked: Planet of the Apes, The Prisoner, The Empire Strikes Back


Director: Damien Chazelle


Review: Intense and gripping with an impressively performed power dynamic and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end.

Watch it if: You can handle high levels of stress in a movie.

And if you liked: The Social Network, Full Metal Jacket

Sunday, January 11


Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu


Review: Uses its gimmicks well to say something while delivering a strong tone with great performances.

Watch it if: You enjoy a film having a few meta-layers to it.

And if you liked: Black Swan, Barton Fink, Batman

Saturday, January 10


Director: Bennett Miller


Review: Oddly paced at times but holds a strong and tense atmosphere with strong performances.

Watch it if: You're ok with a slow subtle build.

And if you liked: Moneyball, The Social Network

Tuesday, January 6

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Director: Adam McKay


Review: Has a few laugh out loud moments but is far too long and is mired in a strange lukewarm tone that never quite shakes.

Watch it if: You really need to.

And if you liked: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The Interview, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby