Ready Player One has competition! It now may not be 2018’s film with the most Pop-Culture references, as Wreck It Ralph takes a trip through the Internet. Following on from 2012 Disney animation, Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fun and colourful sequel through contemporary technology, but one that will ultimately be lost by time.
The Coen Brothers are back! The masters of dark comedy have returned to smaller screens this time with their Netflix distributed western anthology film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scroggs’. After a limited theatrical release, it’s the first of their films to be distributed on a streaming platform. Though it seems a shame that the majority of viewers (myself included) won’t get to see the beautiful frontier locations on the big screen, it actually makes a perfect film for Netflix and a wonderfully enjoyable piece of entertainment.
Nativity came out in 2009 and was a charming festive treat. Naturally, as is the case with half-decent films, it was followed by two sequels, one poor and the other utterly dreadful. This latest instalment, while a mild improvement on the previous films, still sits in the bad sequel camp rather than alongside the far superior original.
Robert Redford has had a hugely celebrated career. From ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’ to ‘Out of Africa’, ‘Ordinary People’ to ‘All the Presidents Men’, he has been a staple of American cinema for almost six decades. Now however, he hangs up the towel in his final film before his retirement, The Old Man & the Gun. Reminiscent of a classic crime comedy caper, the film is a beautifully warm and charming affair that is a fitting tribute to the legend’s illustrious career.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together again! While only playing supporting roles on screen, Pegg and Frost are also Executive Producers on this debut film for their Production Company ‘Stolen Picture’. It’s clear why they chose this project. Owing the start of their career to Shaun of The Dead, Slaughterhouse Rulez echoes the British Horror Comedy roots they bloomed in. While this film never reaches the dizzying heights of the 'Cornetto' Trilogy, it could definitely qualify for the ‘Aldi Own Brand Ice Cream Cone' Trilogy.
Queen are arguable one of the biggest and best loved bands in the world. Lead by front man Freddie Mercury, they created countless classics. Now, telling the story of Freddie and his balancing act between the stage and his personal life, Bohemian Rhapsody takes us on the journey of Queen from their inception to their iconic 1985 Live Aid performance. Despite certain historical discrepancies being taken, and a definite glorification of the characters, this toe-tapping musical drama will absolutely Rock You!
Slappy the Dummy is genuinely one of the most terrifying characters in a series aimed at children. He is the brainchild of R. L. Stine and has starred in multiple books and the 2015 'Goosebumps' film. Now he's returning to cause more havoc, but is the best part of a film that does nothing original with its premise.
Drew Goddard, writer/director of 'Cabin in The Woods', is one of the highest regarded writers working at the moment. After scripting ‘World War Z’ and ‘The Martian’ (for which he was Oscar nominated), he returns to the director’s chair with his latest project, 'Bad Times at the El Royale'. After hitting us in the face with a darkly intriguing opening, Goddard takes the audience on a brilliantly entertaining and fantastically crafted journey of coincidence, misfortune and nasty occurrences.
Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in the comedy spy series led by Rowan Atkinson. What started as a great first film grew slightly tiring in the second, and unfortunately this third film continues the slow death. It’s not totally without redemption, but it’s not far off.
Telling the true story of 2015’s Hatton Garden Robbery, King of Thieves assembles an all-star cast to pull off the job, but doesn’t quite get away with it.