Midnighters isn’t always consistent, but it’s undeniably fun
When approaching a self-proclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, I proceed with caution. When you make me expect a Hitchcock-level thriller, you better deliver and many times they often disappoint. It’s a bold move to take for your directorial debut, and while Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters is far from the Hitchcockian masterpiece I was hoping for, it’s still a fun and easily accessible little thriller filled with surprises.
With plenty of questions on its mind, Annihilation offers a mind-bending trip into The Shimmer
After catching my attention with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s follow up was much anticipated. His stylistic and philosophically eerie sci-fi film was one of the year’s best. However, 2016’s Arrival had eclipse Garland’s status as one of the best sci-fi directors working today. With Annihilation, everything that was great with Ex Machina is back, and Garland has created another sci-fi masterpiece.
Jessica Chastain shines in an otherwise drawn-out biopic
Aaron Sorkin has written many great films such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs. In his directorial debut, he tells a story we tend not to see on the big screen: a flawed independent woman running her own business. However, Sorkin’s obsession with dialogue and writing leads Molly’s Game caught in its own game.
It’s no secret, even to longtime fans, that the Star Wars movies are formulaic films. They follow a certain path that leads to a certain victory. And not to say that the formula doesn’t work, because it indeed does and trying something new wasn’t always Star Wars‘ biggest success (yes, I mean the prequels). However, as Star Wars is being directed by auteur filmmakers, that comforting formula will be challenged. Star Wars: The Last Jedi manages to subvert expectations while delivering a worthy sequel that takes its place among the best of the franchise.
Saoirse Ronan is brilliant in this semi-autobiographical masterpiece by first-time director Greta Gerwig
There are always two sides to adolescence – the one you remember and the one you see in movies. It’s rare for any film to mirror real life, mostly because it’s a messy and often times incomprehensible part of who we are as people. However, here enters Greta Gerwig’s compelling coming-of-age story. With Lady Bird, the famous saying “life imitates art far more than art imitates life” is no longer applicable.
Martin McDonagh balances comedy and dark subjects to deliver one of the greatest films of the year
Gruesome murders, horrific rape, and heartbreaking abuse don’t sound like the next great plot for a comedy. Of course, these subjects aren’t funny in any way, and if a comedy would attempt to make a joke out of abuse or rape, it would certainly be in poor taste. But with Martin McDonagh as the writer-director, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a successful balancing act that features an Oscar-worthy return from Frances McDormand.
Just as it arrives at its destination, Murder On The Orient Express derails
No one can write a twisty murder story quite like the queen of mystery herself. Agatha Christie’s novels have been a particular pass time of mine since the day I’ve read the brilliant And Then There Were None, a story that inspired and continues to inspire many famous modern mystery films. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that Mrs Agatha doesn’t get enough credit for her influence on TV and cinema. However, even in an attempt to give her the credit she deserves, this remake of Murder On The Orient Express just can’t quite capture the greatness of the novel.