Collateral Beauty gets it as right as it can in service of a bad idea

2 Stars (2 / 5)
Collateral Beauty is a awards-baiting drama about three big-city advertising execs who come together to gas-light their grieving friend for the sake of a big payday.

Okay, so it’s not quite as a simple as that, morality-wise; a fact that the film is desperate to impress upon us.…

Suicide Squad is a toxic mess, but at least it’s more palatable than the last DC outing

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Let me get the obvious comparison out of the way (at least for the first time): Suicide Squad, the latest addition to the DC Cinematic Universe, is a mess; choppy and lurid counterpart where Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice — God help us — was muggy and self-serious.

Focus is on the ball but only knows one trick

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

How invested can you get in a film where you can’t trust anything that’s on screen, let alone any of the characters’ motivations?

From The Sting through to American Hustle, the con-artist thriller is a genre known for its slickness, its unpredictability and slight-of-hand.…