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Film: The Death of Stalin

"I don't know what the fuck is going on!"

When Stalin died in 1953, a number of his former comrades rushed to fill the power vacuum. This is an account of those events. No synopsis can really make The Death of Stalin sound all that hilarious but make no mistake, this is probably one of the funniest films of the last five years. Iannucci educates the audience without patronising them, then uses that foundation to tell a funny and...

Armando Iannucci | Sunday, Oct 22, 2017

Film: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

"Sir Elton, you need to come with us."

A sequel to the well-tailored 2014 spy comedy. This time, the Kingsman service comes under attack by a drug cartel, fronted by Julianne Moore. There’s one scene in this film where our protagonist has to implant a GPS tracker onto a female target using a finger condom that must make contact with a ‘mucous membrane’. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the setup to a ‘dirty mind’ joke and...

Matthew Vaughn | Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

Film: Spider-Man Homecoming

"Can't you just be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?"

Spidey’s back and this time he’s been roped into the Marvel Universe, which means he buddies up with Tony Stark and he’s allowed to make jokes about Captain America. Michael Keaton plays a literal Birdman (Get it? Because of that other movie he did!) with a wing suit, but he’s just a guy trying to make a living. It’s sort of refreshing to see a villain who isn’t seeking world...

Jon Watts | Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

Take 2: Captain America: Civil War

"Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth."

Re-watched this because I was about to sit down and watch the new Spidey film and my wife realised she hadn’t seen this one. It’s still pretty good. Comprised mainly of fun, attractive people doing fun, attractive things to each other. The contrast of having the normally care-free Iron Man fall on the side of the dreary bureaucrats and the generally stiff Captain America be the ‘criminal’ is pretty interesting....

Anthony & Joe Russo | Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

Take 2: Batman Forever

"Can I persuade you to take a sandwich with you, sir?"

Tim Burton steps down as director for this third film in the Batman franchise and as a result Michael Keaton also hands over his batsuit to Val Kilmer. This is almost a pastiche of the two previous films, a discount Burton if you will. You can feel the studio pressure to turn down the sex and violence and the end product is a colourful but hollow film. Kilmer is a...

Joel Schumacher | Monday, Sep 25, 2017

Film: Baywatch

"I'm oceanic, motherfucker."

Based on the 90s TV show. A team of lifeguards fronted up by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson try find the origin of some powerful new drugs circulating around town. Their new team member Zac Efron also struggles to integrate into his new way of life. Priyanka Chopra makes for a great villain and that is about all the praise I have for Baywatch. The rest is tired old dick jokes...

Seth Gordon | Saturday, Sep 23, 2017

Take 2: Batman Returns

"You poor guys. Always confusing your pistols with your privates."

This film is mad but brilliant. On the one hand you’ve got DeVito’s Penguin, a man thrown in the sewers as a child who grew up to be a pale, grotesque villain. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, an overlooked and under-loved secretary who gains superpowers after her boss leaves her for dead. And of course Batman, a lonely, wealthy businessman looking to keep Gotham safe. Tim Burton is the perfect director for...

Tim Burton | Sunday, Sep 17, 2017