An Amazon princess journeys to the outside world to defeat the God of War. Superior superhero origin story, benefitting from freshness of its lead character, a generally light touch, and a well-realised World War 1 period setting.
An inexperienced soldier is trapped behind enemy lines in Belfast during the Troubles. Outstanding chase flick which wears its superbly-realised political context lightly to support its well-sustained and tense thriller narrative. Highly recommended.
A hitman is subjected to forced gender reassignment. A messy hotchpotch of bad taste, worse gender politics, and a standard pulpy noir payback yarn. Tomboy is never uninteresting, but not always for the right genre reasons. A future cult beckons.
Based on real life events in Afghanistan, this anti war movie is at times funny, but a misjudged last third weakens the overall package. The ensemble cast is excellent, but in trying to be too earnest, it loses its bite somewhat.
Wayward son of a mobster trope leads to Liam Neeson being Liam Neeson. Run of the mill actioner that suffers from too much direction as the camera swoops and roves over New York to try and gloss over the lack of plot. 😐
Archaeologists lead a space mission to the creators of life on Earth. Good-looking and packed with great images, this Alien prequel is nevertheless hugely flawed, not least with an abundance of intelligent beings doing really dumb things.
Enjoyable and tense space based creature feature. One part Alien, one part Gravity, this is a cut above most recent horror films and delivers some decent set pieces, and at a little over 100 minutes, doesn’t outstay its welcome. 🙂