• Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★

    Halloween II is a competent sequel which fails to recreate the original’s dark magic.

    The story picks up just moments after the ending of the first film. Michael Myers has vanished following his killing spree through Haddonfield, with Dr Loomis still in hot pursuit. In the meantime Laurie has been taken to hospital after her brush with death. The masked killer soon returns, triggering another desperate struggle for survival by the characters.

    The strength of John Carpenter’s Halloween was simplicity,…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★½

    Last Night In Soho is a head rush of a film: exciting, creepy, and glamorous. It’s an instant horror classic from Edgar Wright.

    Aspiring designer Eloise is in her first year of fashion school in London. She doesn’t fit in with the rest of the students due to her fixation on the glamorous world of 1960s Soho. When she rents a room in a vintage bedsit she begins to have visions of a nightclub singer named Sandie and a technicolour…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    Pablo Larrain’s Spencer is a moving glimpse into Princess Diana’s marriage just as it hit breaking point.

    The story takes place during an imagined Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in 1991. The atmosphere is chilly as Prince and Princess of Wales are not on speaking terms and Diana is suffering an emotional breakdown. What follows is a weekend of stifling tension as the couple circle each other under the eyes of the Royal family.

    Kristen Stewart pulls off a tight, controlled performance which eerily resembles the real Diana, down to the brittle mannerisms.

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    The Green Knight twists Arthurian legend into something suspenseful and frightening. With its ambiguous central character it raises questions as to what chivalry means and whether it is even worth living up to.

    The film follows most of the beats of the original tale; a mystical knight appears at the court of King Arthur on Christmas Day and challenges any man to strike a blow against him, with the promise that he will return it in one year.

    An impetuous…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★

    No Time To Die is a disappointing final outing for Daniel Craig which fails to shake the feeling of staleness from the James Bond franchise.

    The story picks up after the events of the previous film, with Bond living a idyllic life with girlfriend Madeleine but still attempting to put his MI6 past behind him. An assassination attempt drives a wedge between the couple and a new enemy soon emerges for both the British government and Spectre who may be…

  • Help

    Help

    ★★★★

    Help is a stomach churning flashback to 2020 and the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The story follows care worker Sarah as she begins her career as a rookie member of staff. She quickly forms a bond with Alzheimer’s patient Tony, played by Stephen Graham. Unfortunately she has begun work at a time when a strange new disease is beginning to ravage the UK, and an indifferent government is woefully unprepared for the crisis.

    The dramatic irony is thick…

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★½

    Gemini Man, aka Deadshot vs the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

    The premise doesn’t really work due to the super-soldier young version of the main character being a noticeably worse assassin than the original. Nevertheless Will Smith is charismatic and the action scenes move at a good pace so it’s not a complete waste of time.

    The film follows DIA sniper Henry Brogan as he is on the verge of retirement. He learns that his latest target may have connections…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    Candyman 2021 is a less gothic take on the mythos compared to the original. The conflict comes from those who seek to use the urban legend for fame and fortune, who turn out to be as destructive as the actual villains.

    The story follows an artist named Anthony and his girlfriend who have moved to the site of the newly rebuilt Cambrini Green housing project. The legend of Candyman has been forgotten over the previous 27 years but a chance…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    Candyman is a slasher tragedy which also gives a disturbing perspective on American racism.

    The story follows Chicago student Helen Lyle as she investigates the myth of Candyman, a supernatural being reputed to murder anyone who says his name five times in front of a mirror. She discovers that the monster is connected to horrendous events from the city’s past, and that whilst it may be easy to enter his realm escaping it is another matter.

    The film is held…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    Kate is a derivative but enjoyable thrill ride with a bare bones plot.

    The titular character has been raised as a hitman by her enigmatic mentor Varrick and trained in martial arts, sharpshooting and close combat. She makes a failed attempt to kill a Yakuza leader and afterwards realizes that she has been poisoned with radiation, giving her only 24 hours to live. Armed with stimulants, a rifle and deadly combat skills she sets out to hunt down the reclusive…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★

    Cinderella is pure panto but with enough light hearted charm to avoid being an ugly stepsister of a movie.

    The plot follows the original fairy tale with minor changes. Cinderella is a mistreated stepchild with a plan to establish her own line of dress shops in an ambiguously medieval kingdom. She has a chance meeting with the dim-witted Prince Robert, and is then visited by Billy Porter’s Fabulous Godmother who gives her an opportunity to go to the palace ball…

  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★★½

    The Wrong Turn reboot is smarter than the original, but has a weak story and lacks visceral scares.

    The story focuses on a group of young people hiking the Appalachian Trail who find themselves in a seedy town filled with suspicious locals. As they set off into the woods they discover that they have wandered into the territory of a hidden group who are murderously aggressive towards outsiders, and that the hillbillies have plenty of traps, bows, sticks and other…