Review: Avatar: the Way of Water (2022)

To cut a long story short, twelve years after the events of Avatar, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), now permanently in his part-Na’vi Avatar body, his Na’vi wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), and their passel of k...

Review: Prey (2022)

The Comanche Nation, 1717: Naru (Amber Midthunder) is a young Comanche warrior who isn’t taken seriously as a hunter because of her gender. Seeking to prove her mettle, she tags along with her brother, Taabe (...

Review: The Princess (2022)

What if The Princess Bride (1987) but Die Hard (1988)? What if Tangled (2010) but The Raid (2011)? What if we took the quite welcome trend towards agency for female char...

Review: Pistol (2022)

For the first two of its six episodes Pistol feels like pantomime. A bunch of fairly fresh-faced young actors, their hair spiked, their make-up smeared and their wardrobe carefully torn, wrap their g...

Review: Star Wars Visions (2021)

On paper, Star Wars: Visions has some merit as a creative enterprise. We all know that Star Wars has deep roots sunk into all kinds of rich cultural soil, including Japanese samurai movies in general and the c...

Review: Jungle Cruise (2021)

Another Disney flick based on one of their theme park rides, Jungle Cruise is more Pirates of the Caribbean than Haunted Mansion, thank God, even if it’s not by much. Really, it’s more like one of the Pirates ...

Review: Luca (2021)

Ah, it’s fine. It’s fitting that Luca is partially set in the sea, seeing as Pixar is currently in the doldrums. Onward (2020) was a bit meh, and Soul (2020) was okay on first ...

Review: Loki (2021)

So, here comes the third Marvel live-action series for Disney’s streaming service, focusing on the continuing exploits of Loki (Tom Hiddleston, still ridiculously charming), Norse God of Mischief and frenemy o...

Review: Cruella (2021)

Well, you know, everything is relative. From the orthodox point of view, Disney’s collection of (mostly female — what’s up with that?) villains are just straight-up irredeemably evil. Then Maleficent came alon...