A Simple Favor (2018, Dir Paul Feig)

A quirky film about two ‘friends’ whose odd relationship unravels. Slick execution and two great performances mask an, at times, stilted script and some leaden plotting. That said, there is a lot to like here and some great ad-lib dialogue lends a comedy strength.

Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos)

A rural couple is kidnapped by cultists, triggering a revenge spree. Dazzling and trippy horror/road movie hybrid, set in a stylised 1983. A movie with its own rules that fully rewards going with it and its excesses, in both narrative and visuals. Recommended.

Safe (2012, dir. Boaz Yakin)

A hunted ex-cop and a young girl with mob secrets go on the run together. Terrific New York chase thriller, balancing stunts, action and rock-solid fight choreography together to make a daft but supremely entertaining package. For genre fans, but highly recommended nevertheless.

Psycho (1998, dir. Gus Van Sant)

Almost shot-for-shot remake of the 1960 Hitchcock classic of the same name. An odd thing to attempt, and one which flags up the uniqueness of the original, despite (and maybe because of) a solid cast and respectful treatment of the first movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission: Impossible III [AKA M: i: III] (2006, dir. J. J. Abrams)

Ethan Hunt is called out of retirement to track down an arms dealer. Slick third instalment that delivers in terms of action, lead actor stunts, and popcorn flick shenanigans, establishing a template for later series entries.

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Paycheck (2003, dir. John Woo)

An industrial spy leaves himself clues to solve the crimes of which he’s now accused. An SF twist on a Hitchcock plot (based on a Philip K Dick story), this lumpen chase thriller gets bogged down early and doesn’t relax into what Woo – when unrestrained – does best.