A Quiet Place is a special, unique horror that shows what can be achieved by this genre when it’s not pandering to the lowest common denominator. With an engaging concept and impressive physical acting by the cast, it’s a small, intimate film with huge tension. Hitchcock may have been the master of suspense, but sound hasn’t been used this strongly before. Is this the year’s best horror already?
Steven Spielberg gives us an electric, exicting and visually stunning glimpse into the near future, breathing fresh life into videogame movies and Macguffin movies. This is Spielberg going back to doing the type of films we love him for – old school Spielberg doing a modern film, with non-stop action, fun and an exhaustive list of pop culture references that’ll make repeated viewings a consistent delight.
On the face of it, Tomb Raider isn’t groundbreaking stuff. It’s a competent, enjoyable enough blockbuster, but still hasn’t got anything on the likes of Indiana Jones. Still, this is the first time a movie based on a video game hasn’t been flat out bad – so perhaps there’s more to praise here than you may think.
Lady Bird certainly deserved each of its five nominations. With a witty, funny script, Gerwig delivers an impressive directorial debut with excellent performances from Metcalf and Ronan. A hilarious and touching coming-of-age film, ripe with nostalgia, laughs, self-discovery and great characters.
An intricate, well-told story with some decent performances and an enjoyably bleak atmosphere can’t save a slightly underwhelming spy film, with some pointless scenes, superficial characterisation and a slow-moving plot. Le Carré can rest easy.
It may be lost among all the Oscar-nominated films dominating cinemas at the moment, but Finding Your Feet is a fresh alternative that can’t fail to please. Endlessly charming, an excellent cast brings a sweet, emotional story with plenty of good laughs and a few memorable lines.
With excellent writing, directing and cinematography, and emotional and realistic WWII London is brought to life, supported by an excellent cast. This is all topped off by an incredibly transformed Gary Oldman, fully evoking Churchill and giving us the performance of a lifetime. A big V for victory!
I, Tonya is nothing if not refreshing; a uniquely styled biopic which breaks the fourth wall, is effortlessly entertaining and captivates the audience with flawless performances of very flawed characters. This one easily steals a gold medal.
The Shape of Water is an incredible, beautiful and sweet film that will touch the hearts of moviegoers worldwide. A cautionary tale with a performer of themes and messages that anyone can identify with. This will be a beloved classic, loved more and more with every re-watch. A magical, ‘adult fairytale’.
Fifty Shades Freed is just about as bad as you would expect. With a lacklustre story, poorly drawn characters, sluggishly slow pace and and unsexy sex scenes that seem like an afterthought, it doesn’t matter how attractive the leafs are or how funny it all is, this is just proof that sometimes fan-fiction should just remain fan-fiction.