A widow investigates an insurance company; a complicated web of financial fraud unravels. Superficially similar to The Big Short and Vice in its mix of drama, comedy and mockumentary, The Laundromat offers a clear and accessible primer to the Panama Papers scandal, and to Mossack (Oldman) and Fonseca (Banderas), both gleeful at its heart.
Tag: James Cromwell
Species II (1998, dir. Peter Medak)
The first Mars mission returns an alien infection to Earth. Trashy and at times bad taste sequel which – a couple of knowing/funny moments aside – focuses on female nudity, cut-price creature effect-based gore, rape fascination, and shouty characters doing dumb things. For Martian completists only.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996, dir. Jonathan Frakes)
Picard and crew time-travel to mid-21st century Earth to ensure the Borg do not disrupt human space development. Action-centric first full feature for the Next Generation crew; this series continuation does a lot of stuff right, though there’s a lot of fan-service here.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018, dir. J. A. Bayona)
A mission to rescue dinosaurs from Isla Nublar turns out to be a double-cross. Awkward sequel which doesn’t make a lick of sense, being a string of chase and rescue set-pieces stitched together; the third act is the best, with a horror movie feel to it.
I, Robot (2004, dir. Alex Proyas)
In 2035, a robot-hating detective investigates the suicide of a tech genius. CG-heavy SF action thriller based very loosely on Isaac Asimov stories. Some interesting production design, but linear and clunky plotting make this hollow, despite star Will Smith’s obvious charisma.