Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021, Dir. Jason Reitman)

The estranged family of Egon Spengler return to his home town and uncover a ghostly plan to destroy the world. While fun, this is too reliant on spoon feeding nostalgia and ticking fan check boxes. A good cast keeps you interested, but the film struggles with pacing and coherence at times.

Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021, Dir. Jason Reitman)

Harland Manor (2021, Dir. Steven R. Monroe)

A team of tech savvy Youtubing paranormal investigators experience strange events in an abandoned house/hospital/asylum/insert building here. By the numbers jump scares and derivative. Seen this all before and done better. Yawn.

Harland Manor (2021, Dir. Steven R. Monroe)

Antlers (2021, Dir. Scott Cooper)

Left-field ancestral monster horror, with some nice photography, good performances and icky moments. Let down by a poor script and a pace that doesn’t move quickly or scarily enough when it needs to. Worth watching for the weirdness of it all.

Antlers (2021, Dir. Scott Cooper)

The Matrix Resurrections (2021, Dir. Lana Wachowski)

Mr. Anderson once again suffers reality confusion in this complex sequel. Less bible and message laden than some of the others, this refocuses things with a new deeply meta twist. Though a tad bloated and with little new to say, this still manages to be visually compelling.

Matrix Resurrections (2021, Dir. Lana Wachowski)

Halloween Kills (2021, Dir. David Gordon Green)

Utterly dreadful and unnecessary sequel to the 2018 Halloween sequel-reboot. Michael Myers carves up more scared people in Haddonfield including the dregs of the 1978 original film cast. So unbelievably stupid it beggars belief. Painful even for hardcore fans.

Halloween Kills (2021, Dir. David Gordon Green) Utterly Crap – Avoid!

The Night House (2020, Dir. David Bruckner)

A grieving widow discovers dark secrets about her deceased husband while strange things start to unravel all around her. Impeccably shot and well acted, this has some interesting things to offer. A lovely creeping menace keeps you on your toes. Worth your time.

Dune (2021, Dir. Denis Villeneuve)

A spectacular new version of the Frank Herbert novel. The planet Dune is the source of Spice – a substance with profound properties and insatiable galactic value. As a new regime assumes control over spice production, they find themselves under attack from all sides as they discover the secrets of their new world.

I Am A Hero (2015, Dir. Shinsuke Sato)

A gleefully gory and refreshing black comedy Japanese zombie film. Hideo the cowardly Manga artist needs to find his ‘hero’ mettle as a virus turns everyone into crazy killers. Refreshing, witty and sometimes poignant – this comes highly recommended.

I am A Hero (2015, Dir. Shinsuke Sato)

F9: The Fast Saga (a.k.a Fast and Furious 9) (2021, Dir. Justin Lin)

Ridiculous extension of the tired franchise. So bereft of new ideas it borrows from its own cannon. The result is 2hrs of absurd plot contrivances, gravity defying stunt stupidity, terrible scripting and horrible acting from everyone. Cena is especially wooden and bloody awful. For die hard F&F fans only.

A Quiet Place Part II (2020, Dir. John Krasinski)

A worthwhile sequel that follows the events of A Quiet Place. A tad more fleshed out and confident, this film eventually borrows too many tropes from other movies and video games – particularly the latter – and lacks the plot to deliver on them. Still a great central premise – worth watching.