• The Canon roars: Dazzling ‘Avengers: Endgame’ offers closure but questions…

    Half the inhabitants of the universe turned to dust.  When Thanos snapped his fingers it wasn’t just heroes that were affected, but unknowing people who either crumbled away or were left without their loved ones. As the remaining Avengers struggle to deal with the magnitude of their loss and...
  • Noises off: Netflix’s ‘Silence’ adaptation is sadly tome deaf…

    When a caving group finally manage to enter a vast series of underground caverns, they think they’ve made a significant breakthrough, but instead they’ve initiated an historical breakout as a previously unknown breed of winged creatures pour out of the new opening and out in to the wider world. ...
  • V for Vedette: Ambitious ‘Captive State’ is a hostage to its format…

    It’s nearly a decade after an alien invasion, one initiated by flashes of destruction, continued by stealth and validated by collusion.  The richest echelons of society have bribed their way to survival and are arguably going about their business just as before, but doing more to exploit the poor...
  • Bespoke and mirrors… ‘Us’ has more than face value…

    In 1986, young Adelaide strolls off from her parents while visiting a beachside funfair at Santa Cruz and finds herself entering a rundown funhouse, complete with a chamber of mirrors that don’t seem to be showing quite what they should.  When her parents finally find her, she refuses to...
  • Live, Brie or Fly: Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’ empowers up…

    The Kree warrior known as Vers (Brie Larson) could be one of the best soldiers in the Supreme Intelligence’s attempts to keep the galaxy in order, though Vers is warned by her mentor Yonn-Rogg (Jude Law) that her emotions make her powers unstable and a risk to herself and...
  • More isn’t Moore – Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is shatteringly non-super…

    M. Night Shyamalan’s  1999 film The Sixth Sense was The Usual Suspects of the supernatural genre – rightly considered one of the most twisty, spooky, moody and ultimately satisfying thrillers of modern cinema and one that, two decades later, stands up to repeat viewing and ever-deeper scrutiny. It’s a big-screen...
  • Do Not Resuscitate: Reeves’s ‘Replicas’ DNA drama is DOA…

    William Foster (Keanu Reeves) and  Ed (Thomas Middleditch) are scientists working on transferring the human consciousness into new synthetic hosts, but their efforts have hit a brick-wall and their funding from Bionyne’s  head honcho Jones (John Ortiz) is about to dry up. Despite the warnings from his wife Mona...
  • Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ is a Quite Familiar Place…

    A young woman named Malorie (Sandra Bullock) instructs two young children on the importance of following her rules to the letter.  They can’t question her decisions. They can’t remove their blindfolds. If they do, they will die. The journey ahead will be difficult and they must literally hang on...
  • Worldswide web: Miles of thwip-smart spider fun…

    Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a gifted kid, smart and instinctive and the winner of a scholarship that takes him out of his Brooklyn home to study at a local academy. But he feels somewhat adrift from the other richer and more confident students and his relationship with his...