Category: review

REVIEW: Shaft (2000)

When NYPD Detective John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) investigates the killing of Trey Howard (Mekhi Phifer) by the rich, racist socialite Walter White Jr (Christian Bale), his case is torpedoed when the sole witness is intimidated into going into hiding. A furious Shaft quits the police force to bring White - now allied with Dominican ...

REVIEW: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

With her husband dead and prepared for burial in her front room, Marlina (Marsha Timothy) finds her home invaded by a group of strange men. As she has not yet paid for the last funeral she required, they have come to steal her livestock and to rape her. It is a stark and troubling opening, but it ...

REVIEW: Sudden Death (1995)

French-Canadian firefighter Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has retired from his career following a traumatic experience, and now works as a fire marshal for the Pittsburg Civic Arena. When the Stanley Cup Final is invaded by a group of criminals, and the Vice-President (Raymond J. Barry) held hostage by former CIA operative Joshua Foss (Powers ...

REVIEW: Lady Bird (2017)

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson is a senior high schooler living in Sacramento, California. She longs to live in a cultural hot spot like New York instead, but her average grades and family's financial situation makes studying college on the East Coast extremely unlikely. Over her final year of high school she experiences love and sex, ...

REVIEW: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

In a small Chinese town, Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing) and her husband file for divorce. When he spontaneously remarries, Li attempts to take him to court: their own divorce was supposed to be a scam to side-step Chinese real estate laws and enable them to purchase a second apartment. When the local court dismisses Li's ...

REVIEW: Executive Decision (1996)

A jet airliner en route from Athens to Washington is hijacked by terrorists. When it becomes clear that the terrorists' demands are likely a cover for an attempted nerve gas attack, analyst Dr David Grant (Kurt Russell) reluctantly teams with special forces leader Lt Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) to board the plane in mid-flight ...

REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)

Upon the death of his father, Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) assumes the throne of the secretive and technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. His reign appears short-lived, however, when it is challenged by the skilled and dangerous rogue known as Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Marvel Studios have been running for a decade now, and while ...

REVIEW: The Ice Pirates (1984)

In the distant future, all water in the galaxy lies under the control of the Templars of Mithra. Their monopoly has led to the rise of 'ice pirates': swashbuckling thieves who break into the Templars' transport ships and still their ice cargo from underneath them. After being captured during a raid, the ice pirate Jason ...

REVIEW: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

There is a moment in the middle of Geoff Murphy's Under Siege 2: Dark Territory in which a group of mercenaries have hijacked a long-haul passenger train, only to find that one of the passengers has taken matters into his hands and is killing them off one by one. By consulting the passenger manifest they work ...

REVIEW: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

It seems likely that, in years to come, The Cloverfield Paradox will be remembered more for its canny marketing strategy than for the film itself. Produced by Paramount Pictures as the third instalment of their weird anthology series of genre thrillers, but then delayed from release, sold off to Netflix, and launched worldwide for anyone to view ...