REVIEW: Mad To Be Normal

Mad To Be Normal is a biopic that is nowhere near as radical as its subject: ’60s anti-psychiatry shrink R. D. Laing, “the acid Marxist” who advocated treating patients holistically, without medication or surgery.

David Tennant is mesmerizing as the soft-spoken guru, wandering the corridors as the schizophrenic whisperer, intermittently capable of the miraculous: like bringing a non-communicative patient out of her shell through a hippy laying on of hands and the prospect of pizza.…

REVIEW: The Meg

From the distinctly sub-Crichtonesque book it’s based on to its original director (Jan De Bont), The Meg, as directed by Jon Turtletaub, is a creature feature that’s been kept on ice since the latest ’90s.

Finally chomping its way into cinemas after a sizeable Chinese investment, Jason Statham, he of shiny bonce and glint-y eye, stars as Jonas Taylor, a  legendary rescue diver brought out of retirement to save a scientific team trapped on the ocean bed below the level of the Mariana Trench. …

REVIEW: The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2 marks the first ever sequel for director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington; reuniting here for their fourth film together.

As in its 2014 predecessor and the series that inspired it, the film blends together brutal fight scenes with care-in-the-community drama.…

REVIEW: Bad Samaritan

Dean Devlin’s latest is proof that it’s sometimes easier to deliver thrills on a micro-budget.

Geostorm may have $120 million to play with, but the result was a CGI storm in a teacup – and pretty weak tea at that. With Bad Samaritan, however,  Devlin provides us with a neat, kitschy little B-movie steeped in entertaining tropes.…

REVIEW: First Reformed

I spend a lot of my time in the cinema and consider myself pretty hardened when it comes to long dark nights of the soul, but First Reformed may be the darkest I’ve seen, and one of the most compelling.

Reverend Toller is pastor of the First Reformed Church in Snowbridge, New York – an austere Dutch Colonial-style ghost of a building that in many way resembles the man who has become its steward.…

REVIEW: Skyscraper

Has there even been anyone in the history of Hollywood who seemed more suited to being an action star than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

He has the physical presence of Arnie, the easy, self-deprecating charm of Denzel, and the charisma of an experiment grown in a vat with the aim of creating a future President of the United States.…

REVIEW: Leave No Trace

Named for the first law of conservation, the title of Debra Granik’s latest perfectly evokes the film’s mood of quiet sublimation.

Father and daughter Will (Ben Foster) and Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) subsist illegally out in the primeval wilds of Forest Park near Portland, Oregon in a makeshift camp perfectly concealed behind the mossy bulk of a fallen tree.…

REVIEW: Incredibles 2

Do you remember 2004? For me, aged 28, it’s literally half a lifetime ago.

The biggest film releases were Shrek 2Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Spider-Man 2and a little movie called The Incredibles, Disney’s first foray into the then relatively uncontested arena of superhero movies.…

REVIEW: Rampage & A Quiet Place

Rampage

An outsized force of nature is running amok in your local multiplex – and I haven’t even gotten to the giant albino gorilla.

Fresh off the massive success of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is channelling his considerable brawn, breezy charm, and smouldering charisma into a project that, despite its roots in a 1986 arcade game, feels like a throwback to a dumber, more innocent time.…