PODCAST: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, & Darkest Hour [Electric Shadows]

In Episode 37 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis look at one of the best films of the year and a contender for one of the worst.

Impressing them is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.…

REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
“How’s things in the coloured-people-torturing business?”

It’s been five years since Martin McDonagh’s second film, the deeply violent, profoundly meta—, occasionally strangely touching Seven Psychopaths, swept through cinemas. Since then his older brother, John Michael McDonagh, has overtaken him in the cinematic stakes with his second1 and third film.…

REVIEW: War for The Planet of the Apes is a hugely ambitious genre-jumping blockbuster

4 Stars (4 / 5)
Is there anything more perfectly, absurdly cinematic than an ape riding on horseback through the snow?

“If man evolved from a monkey then why are there still monkey?” Reportedly a favoured argument of creationists, the answer to this question is relatively simple in layman’s terms: we went one way; they went another.…

The novelty’s vanished, but Now You See Me 2 doesn’t cheat

2 Stars (2 / 5)

How many stage magic heist films do we need?

When Now You See Me was released back in 2013, the conceit at least seemed original: a quartet of Robin Hood magicians, known as the Four Horsemen, stage (literally) a series of audacious robberies targeted at the rich and unethical.…

Out of the Furnace shows us the crucible of the impoverished Mid-Atlantic US

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

Above a dying mining town somewhere in the Rust Belt of the United States, one of the most talented actors of his generation, bearded and disheveled, pauses with a rifle to take a shot.

A deer is in his scopes.

There’s no real trick to Now You See Me

2 Stars (2 / 5)

 

I’ve always been slightly puzzled when people talk about the magic of cinema.

Sure, cinema can amaze and enthrall – Orson Welles called it a ribbon of dreams – but, unlike magic, it needs to be explicable.…