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.

Mortal Kombat (2021, dir. Simon McQuoid)

VFX laden film reboot of the now tired violent 90s video game where good and evil martial artists with special powers battle to the death. Checkbox ticking fan pleasing fap-along! Visually pretty in places – but the dull gaps between fights will quickly exhaust your brains and patience!

I Care a Lot (2020, Dir. J. Blakeson)

A shark like con artist tricks an OAP out of her home and savings only to discover her victim has hidden criminal connections. Deliciously black comedy, with great casting and well written script. Everyone is having a great time here and the result is watchable, thrilling and at times infuriating!

I Care a Lot (2020, Dir. J. Blakeson)

Saint Maud (2020, Dir. Rose Glass)

A pious nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. Some initial promise soon falls into dull territory. There is an interesting tale in here somewhere and some nice ideas and imagery. It just lacks the conviction to be the film it attempted to be.

Saint Maud (2020, Dir. Rose Glass)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Dir. Philip Kaufman)

A group of friends become suspicious when mysterious seed pods grow everywhere and the people they know start to act strange. Brilliant remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic, this is well crafted, genuinely disturbing in places and remains remarkably tense and downbeat.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Dir. Philip Kaufman)

The Andromeda Strain (1971, Dir, Robert Wise)

Based on the Crichton novel, a team of scientists battle a deadly new microbial life form brought to Earth on a crashed satellite. With a science documentary tone, sci-fact laden dialogue and shot with impeccable style, this remains a taut and interesting film.

The Andromeda Strain (1971, Dir, Robert Wise)

Insert Coin (2020, Dir. Joshua Y. Tsui)

A fascinating documentary surrounding the rise and fall of arcade coin-op game company Williams/Bally Midway. In depth and detailed insight from the management, design teams and infamous game designers like Eugene Jarvis and Mark Turmell. Niche but excellent!

Insert Coin (2020, Dir. Joshua Y. Tsui)

Console Wars (2020, Dir. Blake J. Harris, Jonah Tulis)

The story of how Sega and Nintendo played David and Goliath for game industry dominance in the 80s/90s. Fascinating insight into the sales and marketing tactics of two gaming industry giants told with passion and a love of the underdog. Interesting stuff!

Console Wars (2020, Dir. Blake J. Harris, Jonah Tulis)

Excalibur (1981, Dir. John Boorman)

Superior telling of the Arthurian legend with a fine cast, beautiful cinematography and strong direction from Boorman. Perhaps a tad over romanticised, but fabulous performances from the likes of Williamson and Byrne hold this together creating something very special.

Excalibur (1981, Dir. John Boorman

Faster (2010, Dir. George Tillman Jr.)

An ex-con seeks revenge on gang that killed his brother. Early Dwayne Johnson vehicle that throws story logic out of the window in favour of plot contrivance. Nothing new to offer but nicely shot – with clear intentions to show Johnson off as more than an ex-wrestler.

Faster (2010, Dir. George Tillman Jr.)