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

Tuesday, June 6

Wonder Woman

Director: Patty Jenkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451279

Review: Suffers from some pacing issues reducing its heft but has a good through-line and when it works, it very much works.

Watch it if: You want to see a DCEU movie that actually feels good to watch.

And if you liked: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Phantom

Saturday, May 20

Alien: Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316204

Review: An odd mixture of effective atmosphere and plodding moments that wind together to make something not entirely dissatisfying but unlikely to knock anyone out either.

Watch it if: You're interested in the Alien universe.

And if you liked: Prometheus, Alien, Jurassic Park

Sunday, May 7

The Punisher (2004)

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330793

Review: Bizarrely inconsistent in tone with no real handle on what it wants to do but at least never bores.

Watch it if: You enjoy being baffled by what a film can come up with to throw at you.

And if you liked: Daredevil, Spider-Man, Super Mario Bros.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198

Review: Potentially over-ambitious in its setups but delivers so well on so many of them that it elevates itself to a powerful emotional climax.

Watch it if: You're interested in a strongly character driven superhero movie.

And if you liked: Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Wednesday, April 5

T2 Trainspotting

Director: Danny Boyle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2763304

Review: Drags a little and leaves some aspects dangling but delivers a far more interesting and entertaining followup than anyone could've expected.

Watch it if: You're interested in these characters and this world.

And if you liked: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Blade Runner

Wednesday, March 22

The Monster Squad

Director: Fred Dekker

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093560

Review: Could have a stronger plot but still delivers on its tone and manages to give the monsters a modern twist while keeping their roots.

Watch it if: You enjoy the particular trend of kid-gang movies that thrived in the 80s.

And if you liked: Fright Night, The Goonies, Hocus Pocus

Monday, March 13

Kong: Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562

Review: Clear in its vision with a strong tone with well-realised characters and some genuinely breathtaking monster action.

Watch it if: You enjoy a fun film that takes its craft and detail seriously.

And if you liked: Godzilla (2014), Jurassic Park, Pacific Rim

Sunday, March 5

Logan

Director: James Mangold

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342

Review: Poignant in its relationships and tense in its action with a clear sense of tone and some very well handled performances.

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

And if you liked: The Wolverine, Terminator: 2 Judgment Day, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Friday, March 3

Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448

Review: Tense and inventive with an absolutely bizarre plot and a strong clarity of purpose.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing a fresh new voice in the genre.

And if you liked: The Invitation, The House of the Devil, Under the Skin

Sunday, February 26

Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340

Review: Informative and entertaining in equal measure with a good handle on what it wants to say and strong characters all round.

Watch it if: You enjoy a lively, feel-good movie that still takes its subject matter seriously.

And if you liked: An Adventure in Space and Time, Selma, Forrest Gump

Wednesday, February 15

Inferno

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062096

Review: A fairly exhausting ramble that doesn't resolve its mysteries and underwhelms with its turns.

Watch it if: You genuinely feel the need to?

And if you liked: The Da Vinci Code, Now You See Me 2, Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Sunday, February 12

The LEGO Batman Movie

Director: Chris McKay

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284

Review: Jam packed with gags with a breakneck pace and an anything-goes tone that demands a refreshingly huge smile.

Watch it if: You're interested in something that has more laughs during its opening logos than many comedies manage in their entire runtime.

And if you liked: The Lego Movie, Batman: The Movie, Deadpool

Saturday, February 11

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2592614

Review: Never gets boring but collapses in on itself in a mess of flat characters, incomprehensible action and dark sludgy cinematography.

Watch it if: You don't get motion sickness headaches too easily.

And if you liked: Resident Evil, Terminator Genisys, Mad Max

Friday, February 10

John Wick: Chapter 2

Director: Chad Stahelski

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4425200

Review: Builds on its predecessor well with some creative action and fun additions to the mythology.

Watch it if: You enjoy brutal, spectacle action.

And if you liked: John Wick, The Raid, Crank

Tuesday, January 31

The Founder

Director: John Lee Hancock

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4276820

Review: Very conventionally put together but is interesting and entertaining enough to carry itself through.

Watch it if: You're interested in McDonald's.

And if you liked: The Social Network, Milk, Glengarry Glen Ross

Sunday, January 29

Other People

Director: Chris Kelly

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4158876

Review: Front-loads the humour a little too heavily but still delivers an intimate portrayal with sensitivity and charm.

Watch it if: You're interested in smaller family drama movies.

And if you liked: Garden State, Transparent, Don't Think Twice

Sunday, January 22

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Director: David Gelb

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772925

Review: Simple and relaxing with an interesting attention to detail and a refreshingly down to earth central subject.

Watch it if: You're ok with being really hungry for sushi afterwards.

And if you liked: Chef's Table, Indie Game: The Movie

Friday, January 20

Lost in London Live


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Director: Woody Harrelson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6338476

Review: A genuinely impressive feat that managed to charm through its unpolished nature with a compelling story and real fun.

Watch it if: You're interested in cinematic experiments, but also entertaining ones.

And if you liked: Night on Earth, Birdman, Festen

Saturday, January 14

Split

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972582

Review: Earns its reveals as it goes with a manic tone and a good deal of fun.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film absolutely running with bonkers ideas.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, The Visit, Unbreakable

Silence

Director: Martin Scorsese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0490215

Review: Too long but still delivers strong tension and character with a clear sense of tone.

Watch it if: You're interested in films exploring the theme of faith.

And if you liked: Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Apocalypto, There Will Be Blood, Rescue Dawn

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Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722

Review: Sensitive and sweet with a clear insight into its material and some seriously stunning performances.

Watch it if: You're interested in something that can be confrontational without being aggressive.

And if you liked: Short Term 12, Elephant

Wednesday, January 11

Mascots

Director: Christopher Guest

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4936176

Review: Irreverent and light with plenty of hard, heavy laughs throughout.

Watch it if: You enjoy Christopher Guest movies.

And if you liked: Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, Pitch Perfect

Monday, January 9

La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783958

Review: Light and with a few issues but charms its way in through some genuine heart and charismatic performances.

Watch it if: You like optimistic movies about art.

And if you liked: The Artist, Singin' in the Rain