Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:59

Logan Review

The term ‘superhero movie’ probably conjures up images of Marvel Studios’ bright-and-breezy Avengers series or the highly stylized bombast of DC’s latest offerings. It’s easy to forget that the ‘superhero movie’ can be anything, that the presence of superpowers needn’t define the genre. Logan, the latest film in the Wolverine spin-off series, is an ideal reminder of that fact. Returning for his second stab at the X-Men series’ most iconic character, director James Mangold strips away the trappings of the larger universe for a much more coherent and focused character study that owes more to Westerns like Shane and Unforgiven than it does to its superhero contemporaries.

Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:18

Run All Night Review

They say the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, so after seeing espionage snooze-fest Unknown and dull airplane hijack thriller Non-Stop, you might be insane to expect anything other than a convoluted mess from Run All Night, the latest in the ongoing collaboration between Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra and star Liam Neeson. It's a mildly pleasant surprise then that this father-son crime drama is a more watchable affair than the duo's previous efforts.

Saturday, 21 June 2014 16:40

EIFF 2014: The Skeleton Twins Review

On paper, writer/director Craig Johnson's sophomore film The Skeleton Twins is another effort from the Sundance school of downbeat, American-indie dramedies that centres on depressed white people struggling to grow up. But while it does have an air of indie cliché about it, this is a relaxed, sensitive and insightful film that's enlivened by two fantastic lead performances.