Upgrade (2018, dir. Leigh Whannell)

An augmented car mechanic tracks down the men who killed his wife and left him in a wheelchair. Fast, fun and brutal SF/horror hybrid with an excellent physical lead performance and lots to recommend it. The kinda genre movie they don’t often make any more.


 

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015, dir. Christopher McQuarrie)

Ethan Hunt and the disavowed MI team track down a terrorist organisation named The Syndicate. Slick, expansive and fast. The series high-point to date, with a breakout performance from newcomer Rebecca Ferguson.

Want another review? Here’s Lemonsquirtle’s thoughts.

Entebbe [AKA 7 Days in Entebbe] (2018, dir. Jose Padilha)

Dramatization of an infamous 1976 plane hijacking, and the subsequent rescue mission. Even-handed but glum retelling which doesn’t know how to approach its subject, meaning the end result is neither political allegory, action drama or straight history. Disappointing.

Ralph Breaks The Internet (a.k.a Wreck It Ralph 2) (2018, Dir. Phil Johnston, Rich Moore)

Ralph and co return to explore the internet and friendships in a confusing sequel. Not as slapstick or fun as the first film and runs out of ideas and characters about half way through. Disappointing to say the least.

Bird Box (2018, dir. Suzanne Bier)

After an apocalyptic event, a woman battles to get her two children to safety. Initially interesting though ultimately very straightforward survival yarn with some good supporting performances.

And here’s Xussia’s review.

 

Death Wish (2018, dir. Eli Roth)

After his wife is murdered in a home invasion, a mild-mannered doctor turns vigilante. Tonally-inconsistent remake of the 70s Bronson flick. Horror and black comedy elements along with the violent action, and flirtation with Willis/Kersey as psychotic. Not uninteresting in its way.

Want another opinion? Here’s Xussia’s take.

 

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011, dir. Brad Bird)

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team hunt down an extremist with a nuclear capability. More of a series of (admittedly fun and exciting) set-pieces than a movie as such, this fourth instalment is exhilarating while its on, but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

Want another perspective? Here’s Lemonsquirtle’s POV.