Category: fantasy

REVIEW: Shazam! (2019)

14 year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) keeps running away from foster homes while searching for the mother who lost him when he was a young child. Magically abducted by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), he gains the ability to transform into a muscular, super-powered adult (Zachari Levi) whenever he says the wizard's name. What, honestly, ...

REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four teenagers in detention find themselves sucked inside an old Jumanji videogame cartridge, receiving new bodies (played by Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black) and a life-or-death mission to save the fictional jungle nation from an evil archaeologist. Escaping the game means defeating the villain, and each of them only has three in-game lives ...

REVIEW: Jellyfish Eyes (2013)

There is a long, rich tradition of fine artists making a transition into filmmaking. It is, after all, just another medium for expression- and a primarily visual one at that. American painter Julian Schnabel made the jump with his excellent 1996 biographical drama Basquiat, before moving on to acclaimed films like Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and the ...

REVIEW: The Company of Wolves (1984)

Neil Jordan's 1984 film The Company of Wolves adapts the short story of the same name by author Angela Carter - who also co-wrote the film's screenplay. It tells not one narrative but several, all linked together in such a manner as to make it a maddening thing to summarise. A girl dreams of living in an ...

REVIEW: Lady in the Water (2006)

Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) works as the superintendent of a Philadelphia apartment block. One night he discovers a mysterious young woman in the block's swimming pool. Named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard), she turns out to be a water nymph known as a Narf, come to inspire a writer living in the block who will eventually ...