Do you know: Knightley’s role was originally intended for Scarlett Johansson – while we don’t get the Hulk and Black Widow making sweet music together, Knightley is a perfectly acceptable substitute.


   The thing about film auteurs is that stylistic vision occasionally jockeys uncomfortably with substance for predominance in their work. That's pretty much the problem with Stoker, the Hollywood debut of Park Chan-Wook, formidable director of revenge thrillers like Old Boy and Lady Vengeance.

Deadfall – Review

Maybe it's the snowy setting, maybe it's the super-dark, meandering noir plot, but there's something about Deadfall that feels ratherâ€

Being Flynn

Like the characters it portrays, Being Flynn isn't an immediately likable movie. That doesn't stop it from being an effective, highly engaging one, featuring De Niro's best performance in recent memory.

Hero 2015 – Review

Not enough pace, plot or pulse, but plenty of crowd-pleasing throwbacks to the original series propel Hero 2015 forward.

Huat Ah

Harking back to the disaster dramas of yesteryear, 'The Finest Hours' has its riveting moments but the story, as remarkable as it is, ends up insufficiently impactful.
Paris may be the city of love, but many find New York pretty romantic too. Well, parts of New York, anyway.
"A new day is dawning, as the revitalised Planet of the Apes franchise marches onwards in just the right direction."

The Muppets (2011)

What happens when you weave nostalgia, green amphibians, anthropomorphic pigs and self-reflexive humour together? Not the latest sci-fi horror movie, apparently, but The Muppets, who make a more-or-less triumphant return to the big screen after a 12-year hiatus.
The Low-Down: Director James Gray, known mainly for his contemplative dramas, launches into big-budget adventure movie territory with Ad Astra, while still retaining a more sombre, introspective tone than the typical movie of this type. ‘Ad Astra’ is Latin for “to the stars”. Brad Pitt was originally attached to star in Gray’s...

Project Almanac – Review

Throws up some genuinely intriguing time-travel conundrums, but is undone by a foolish fixation on the found-footage format.

Color Out of Space (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Two years ago, fans of cult horror films received the gift of Mandy,...

Birds of Prey (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: The DC Extended Universe has had its ups and downs. While the franchise...

Underwater (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Genre movie aficionados remember 1989 as the year of the aquatic horror movie:...

Bombshell (2019) – Review

The Low-Down: Millions of Americans turn to Fox News for political commentary and opinion every...

Bad Boys For Life (2020) – Review

The Low-Down: Miami detectives Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) burst onto...