A Trip to Infinity (2022, dir. Jon Halperin & Drew Takahashi)

Mathematicians and physicists discuss the concept of infinity. And that’s about it: a largely talking heads-based approach, but chirpy and accessible. Offers a series of explorations of the implications of the infinite, both on science and on being human. It’s alright, and it doesn’t hang about.

Here’s the trailer.

Jackass 4.5 [AKA Jackass FourPointFive] (2022, dir. Jeff Tremaine)

A compilation of additional stunts and extra footage not used in the release cut of Jackass Forever. More of the same, with no discernable drop in quality from the material used in its movie progenitor. For some, that’ll be all the recommendation that’s needed.

No trailer online that I could find, but here’s a representative clip.

The Gray Man (2022, dir. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo [AKA The Russo Brothers])

A CIA assassin is targeted for elimination: a global manhunt ensures. Very straightforward action thriller, heavily reliant on star charisma and on ‘splodey excess over much in the way of well-staged sequences. One-note throughout, with diminishing results over time.

Here’s the trailer

The Adam Project (2022, dir. Shawn Levy)

A bullied 12-year-old is visited by his older self, now a time fugitive. Cheerful if overstuffed SF comedy, brazen in its lifts from everything 80s from ET to Firefox via Return of the Jedi. A decent cast play to their strengths and the movie gets by on its own through having its heart more or less on its sleeve throughout.

Here’s the trailer.

Fear Street: 1978 [AKA Fear Street Part Two: 1978] (2021, dir. Leigh Janiak)

Young adult counsellors at a summer camp are targeted by one of their number who becomes possessed by a vengeful witch. Patchy middle instalment of the horror trilogy, awkwardly juxtaposing slasher pastiche with larger-scale storytelling. Makes the mistake of not grounding its horrors: good playing can’t disguise structural issues and some stupid ideas.

Here’s the trailer.

Army of the Dead (2021, dir. Zack Snyder)

A crew is assembled to pull a vault heist against the clock in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. High-concept, messy, bloated and undisciplined action-horror. There’s a tight 95 minute flick in the material: while this is undemanding genre fun while it’s on, it’s second-hand stuff all the way.

Here’s the trailer.

Thunder Force (2021, dir. Ben Falcone)

Mismatched former best friends become superheroes after a laboratory mishap. Perhaps the most perfunctorily-plotted movie in recent history. McCarthy reprises her brash/embarrassed working class schtick, and there’s a few decent song-based jokes. A strong cast helps: Jason Bateman’s enjoying himself.

Here’s the trailer.

Seaspiracy (2021, dir. Ali Tabrizi)

A documentary filmmaker investigates whaling, to uncover a global network of criminal and climate-challenging practices liked to commercial fishing. Seaspiracy doesn’t really connect the dots (there isn’t a conspiracy – it’s just plain greed) or land all of its punches, but there’s some interesting material and footage presented, even if the subject matter doesn’t fit with the film’s structure.

Here’s the trailer.

Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020, dir. James Tovell)

A documentary covering a season’s dig at Saqqara outside Cairo, focusing on the tomb of Wahtye. Excellent, compassionate, and detailed overview of an archaeological dig, keen to emphasis the humanity of the participants and links between Egypt’s ancient past and its present. Recommended.

Here’s the trailer.

Sentinelle (2021. dir. Julien LeClercq)

A combat veteran struggling with PTSD seeks to avenge a near-fatal assault on her sister. Lean, austere, minimalist thriller with interesting lead character notes and brisk action. An effective star vehicle that reemphasises the qualities of both its lead and its writer/director.

Here’s the trailer.