Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a great movie star in search of a great movie. Central Intelligence isn’t quite it, but it is a lot of fun watching The Rock show off his goofy side. Shame about the spy stuff.
A perfectly serviceable film with excellent farting, but held back by nauseating 3D, a changed ending, and as scary as a cupcake.
Great casting, eccentric support characters, indie charm, and a strong sense of nostalgia: another hit musical from John Carney.
A flagrantly mercenary reboot that offers spectacular animation but insipid ideas.
Exactly as bad as expected.
Those who’ve followed this site for a while will have noticed that all the coverage of contemporary cinema is periodically punctuated by reviews of fanservice anime. In my first such review – of Ikkitousen’s third season – I made a serious attempt to grapple with the politics of a genre operating in the vein of…
As its name suggests, Tale of Tales is an anthology film, retelling three Italian fairytales through the lens of high fantasy (and a splash of Game-of-Thrones-esque sexuality). Despite a rave reception after opening last year’s Cannes, it has little to offer beyond impressively baroque aesthetics and a few standout performances. The three stories – of…