American comedies have lost their way. Rarely are modern audiences treated to the old-school almost-sophistication that was parody (see the classic work of Mel Brooks or even Jim Abrahams and The Zucker Brothers). This remains the Hollywood rule, sadly, but once in a while that delightful exception emerges , taking shape in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s latest black comedy Game Night.
After 35 years of marriage, Sandra (Imelda Staunton) stumbles upon her husband Mike (John Sessions) in the cellar with their close friend Pam (Josie Lawrence) – Pam’s tacky red lipstick smeared across his face. And so it goes in the British comedy-drama from director Richard Loncraine, Finding Your Feet.
Winchester is loosely based on true story of the wealthy heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) and her mansion of endless rooms, which lays claim to be the most haunted house in America.
A Fantastic Woman follows a transgender woman called Marina (Danela Vega), who after the death of her older boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes) tries to move forward, but struggles with his bias family as she figures out what to do next with her life.
Adam DeVine has never been high on my list of favourite actors. Ever since he played Bumper in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Mike in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), I decided that he just really wasn’t my style. However, his role as Noah in When We First Met has drastically altered that one-eyed opinion.
Black Panther is an entertaining entry into the MCU, detailing the origin of one of Marvel Studios’ newest cinematic characters, the superhero Black Panther, played superbly by Chadwick Boseman.
Netflix recently dropped The Ritual – a suave British horror movie which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film represents a sophistication in style for modern horror, with it’s True-Detective-deer-stag-horn, Blair-Witch-sticks, Wicker-Man aesthetic, and just a dash of Yellow Brick Road (2010).
By now you may have heard about the breakout hit Lady Bird, the first motion picture directed by actress/director Greta Gerwig and starring young standout, Saorise Ronan.
The Doc Marten brand got some serious airtime throughout the duration of this film and if there is anything that I have learnt from watching Step Sisters, it’s that if I ever want to start stepping, I need to get myself a pair of those shoes.
Parapsychologist, Elise, has to face the demons of her past, literal and psychological, when she is asked to attend a haunting at her childhood home in Insidious: The Last Key.
Stronger is the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and inadvertently became a symbol of hope and heroism for the city.
Those, like me, who weren’t alive in the 1970’s won’t remember the heyday of National Lampoon magazine. As a collector of satirical magazines like Mad, and Punch, I’d go so far to suggest that one thing A Futile and Stupid Gesture, the Netflix biopic about Doug Kenney, co-creator and lifeforce behind this Harvard born soft pornographic rag, falling somewhere between Playboy, Mad and the New Yorker in its haphazard content – is that the magazine wasn’t actually very funny.
As Earth reaches the end of its energy supplies, and the world teeters on the edge of total collapse, a group of scientists are sent to the space station Cloverfield in hopes that they can unlock a source of infinite sustainable energy. While there, something goes wrong, and they must unravel the mystery to save both themselves, and the Earth below.
Studios routinely use January-February as a dumping ground for their un-loved films; genre movies with B-list actors that earn neither critical nor commercial success. Den of Thieves may appear to meet the criteria, but don’t let that deceive you. It’s a gritty character-driven thriller that doesn’t play to the stereotypical, and works hard in its 140-minute runtime to shake the ‘dump’ month stigma.