Reviews

Review: Hawkeye (2021)

“Stakes” is an interesting concept. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built on gradually escalating stakes — Iron Man (2008) was basically about a corporate takeover in terms of plot, but the emotional stakes ...

Review: Sword of Trust (2019)

The Confederacy lost the American Civil War, of course – a quick Google will tell you that. But we live in a time of “alternative facts”, and while all of us are sadly acquainted with nonsense like Holocaust d...

Review: Antlers (2021)

Teacher Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), recently returned to her small hometown in Oregon, becomes concerned when one of her students, Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas), becomes withdrawn and starts producing cree...

Review: Finch (2021)

A decade after solar flares tore apart the ozone layer, turning Earth into a barely liveable irradiated hothouse, engineer Finch Weinberg (Tom Hanks) ekes out a living in his St. Louis laboratory, his only com...

Review: No Time to Die (2021)

In the end, it was a romance all along. I don’t strictly mean a love story, although love — or at least sex — has been an integral part of the James Bond formula since the year dot. I mean in the literary s...

Review: Sweet Girl (2021)

I actually like Jason Momoa’s mid-budget action movie presence. I’m happy the big guy gets to play in Atlantis or Arrakis from time to time — he’s a tsunami of charisma and can effortlessly anchor all the CGI ...

Review: Eternals (2021)

Well, they can’t all be winners. With the arrival of Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, somewhere Alan Taylor, director of Thor: The Dark World, is breathing a sigh of relief; he’s no longer responsible for the ...

Review: Tiger King Season 2

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, to give the series its full, ostentatious, title, came along at exactly the right time. The Covid-19 pandemic was just kicking into high gear, the world was starting to...

Review: The Wheel of Time (2021)

Way back in the 90s I knew two different people who had a handful of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time novels in their cars at all times. It’s possible the titles changed as new books were acquired. ...