• Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    In Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, director James Wan dives back into the depths of the DC universe, only to surface with a sequel that is as bloated and chaotic as the ocean during a storm. Despite the success of its 2018 predecessor, this instalment sinks under the weight of its own ambition, offering a spectacle that is more numbing than thrilling. The film attempts to navigate through a sea of CGI battles, convoluted plot lines ripped from the pages…

  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★

    Ridley Scott's latest historical foray, Napoleon, sets out to chart the life of the eponymous Corsican from his early ventures in 1793 until his death in 1821. With Joaquin Phoenix at the helm portraying the legendary figure, the film aims to delve into the complexities of a man known simultaneously as a military genius and a maladroit lover. However, Napoleon struggles to marry its grand historical canvas with the intimate portrait of its central figure. Phoenix's Napoleon is crafted as…

  • Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire

    Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire

    ½

    Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon arrives with the bombast and bluster one might expect from the divisive filmmaker, yet it leaves an aftertaste of profound disappointment. As I have wrestled with Snyder's oeuvre, I approached Rebel Moon with cautious optimism. Unfortunately, the film cements my scepticism about Snyder's storytelling abilities. The film's narrative—a threadbare tapestry borrowed from Kurosawa's Seven Samurai—feels less like homage and more like a haphazard rehashing of superior works. Snyder's notorious visual style, complete with his signature slow-motion…

  • Priscilla

    Priscilla

    ★★★★

    Sofia Coppola's Priscilla delves into the life of Priscilla Presley, offering an intimate and emotionally resonant portrait of a woman whose journey unfolds in the shadow of the legendary Elvis Presley. With her unique directorial voice and impeccable style, Coppola delivers a film that transcends the ordinary boundaries of biographical cinema. From the very first frame, Coppola's unmistakable touch is felt, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that lingers throughout the narrative. Priscilla showcases the director's subtlety, attention to detail, and ethereal…

  • Dream Scenario

    Dream Scenario

    ★★★½

    Kristoffer Borgli's second feature, Dream Scenario, continues the Nicolas Cage renaissance with an edgy satire that delves into the pitfalls of modern celebrity. While the film stumbles slightly toward the close, its thought-provoking exploration of fame and the captivating performance by Cage make it a worthwhile viewing experience. Cage portrays Paul Matthews, a biology professor whose life takes an inexplicable turn when he begins appearing in people's dreams. With his balding appearance, whiny voice, and eccentric demeanour, Paul struggles to…

  • Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving

    ★★

    Thanksgiving, directed by Eli Roth and written by Jeff Rendell, attempts to capture the essence of '80s slasher/horror films with a modern twist. Set in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Thanksgiving, the film revolves around a Thanksgiving-inspired killer who terrorises the town following a tragic Black Friday riot. While the film shows glimpses of potential, it ultimately fails to deliver on its promising premise. The narrative begins with a chaotic department store stampede during a Black Friday sale, resulting in…

  • A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened

    A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened

    ★★★½

    In A Disturbance in the Force, directors Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak take us on a fascinating journey into the notorious and enigmatic history of The Star Wars Holiday Special. This documentary serves as a definitive account of the ill-fated variety show that, until the internet, largely existed merely as a whispered legend among die-hard Star Wars fans. Transporting us back to the late '70s, the filmmakers set the stage by highlighting the unprecedented success of the original Star Wars…

  • Maestro

    Maestro

    ★★★★

    Bradley Cooper's passion project, Maestro, offers a mesmerising glimpse into the extraordinary life of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor, composer and academic. While the film could have delved deeper into Bernstein's musical genius, Cooper's focus on the intersection of his personal and artistic spheres is captivating and brilliantly executed. Cooper's portrayal of Bernstein is nothing short of uncanny. He captures the essence of the maestro's larger-than-life persona—the effusive charm, the flamboyant gestures, and the uncontainable energy that drew audiences into…

  • Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

    Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

    ★★★½

    Aardman Animation's long-awaited sequel, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, may not quite match the grit and charm of its predecessor, but it still delivers an enjoyable experience. With new voices behind the iconic characters of Rocky and Ginger, Zachary Levi and Thandiwe Newton step into the roles with their own style, while the addition of Bella Ramsey as Molly injects a youthful energy into the story. The film picks up with Ginger leading her fellow chickens to an isolated…

  • The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan

    The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan

    ★★★½

    The Three Musketeers - Part I: D'Artagnan, directed by Martin Bourboulon, breathes new life into Alexandre Dumas' timeless adventure novel with a delightful blend of old-fashioned charm and modern sensibilities. This swashbuckling tale, filled with sword fights, romance, and daring escapades, captivates from start to finish. Set in 17th-century France, the film introduces us to D'Artagnan (François Civil), a spirited young man from Gascony who aspires to join the King's Musketeers. Despite facing initial setbacks, D'Artagnan's encounters with the renowned…

  • Raging Grace

    Raging Grace

    ★★★½

    In Raging Grace, writer-director Paris Zarcilla skillfully weaves an intriguing tale that delves into the unsettling dynamics of immigration and colonisation. The film centres around Joy (Max Eigenmann), an undocumented Filipina immigrant, and her daughter Grace (Jaeden Paige Boadilla). Joy navigates London's houses, temporarily settling in vacant homes while their owners are away, all while evading the notice of nosy neighbours. Grace, embodying the mischievous spirit of Macaulay Culkin's Kevin in Home Alone, adds a playful touch with her penchant…

  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★

    Alexander Payne's latest offering, The Holdovers, may appear remarkably ordinary, but within its unassuming simplicity lies a touching tale of personal rediscovery and unexpected connections. Payne, known for his warm, introspective films, once again captures the essence of unexceptional lives with remarkable honesty. In this ninth feature, he weaves a story about three lost souls who, in the most unlikely of places, find solace and a renewed sense of purpose. Set in the 1970s, The Holdovers follows Paul Hunham (Paul…