A nameless bankrobber has to work his way out of a Mexican prison while evading the mob. Splendidly stylised black comedy action thriller, making best use of its star’s talents, and exploiting every opportunity to indulge itself in grim jokey chuckles.
A group of Mexican illegal migrants crossing into the US are hunted by a self-appointed border official. Stark body-count thriller which makes full existentialist use of its arid landscapes, slim plot, and light characterisation.
Modern Gothic horror reminiscent of Shutter Island and Fincher’s The Game. Excellent imagery and fine performances all round, but at two and a half hours, far too long for such a slight tale.
Patterned after the success of the peerless Muppet Christmas Carol, this romp through the RL Stevenson classic is less certain, but there are enough jokes, production detail, and exuberance to pass muster, plus two great songs (“Cabin Fever” and “Professional Pirate”).
The Rebel Alliance battles another Death Star. The last part of the original trilogy works hard to include something for everyone (all points from slavery to teddy bears) as well as to wrap up its soap-opera character arcs. For fans only, tho,
Three children journey with Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook in Neverland. Okay minor Disney cartoon with one unfortunately dated song and dance sequence. A greatest-hits version of the story.
James Bond teams up with a Soviet agent to track missing submarines. Swaggering, confident series entry which effectively (and not for the last time) remakes You Only Live Twice. Roger Moore on fine twinkly form.
Two neolithic losers stumble into Old Testament-era civilization. Patchy lowbrow comedy ticking off every genitals-related gag in the scrolls. Some funny moments; the always-welcome Oliver Platt steals the show as a lascivious high priest.
Drama based on the ill-fated 1996 Hall/Fischer Everest expedition. Generally solid, respectful and well-acted mountaineering epic, slightly undone by over-use of CG and by some awkward directorial choices which rob the movie of tension.
A New York advertising executive is forced to go on the run. Sparkling mistaken-identity comedy-thriller, with both director and star at the height of their powers. Effortlessly entertaining, and supremely modernist in its design.