Reviews Index

Note: all reviews are by Grant Watson except where noted.


  • Adrift in Tokyo (2007, Japan, d. Satoshi Miki. review)
  • Alien Covenant (2017, USA, d. Ridley Scott. review)
  • Amadeus (1984, USA, d. Miloš Forman. review)
  • Annihilation (2018, USA/UK, d. Alex Garland. review)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018, USA, d. Peyton Reed. review)
  • Appaloosa (2008, USA, d. Ed Harris. review)
  • April and the Extraordinary World (2015, France/Belgium/Canada, d. Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. review)
  • April Story (1998, Japan, d. Shunji Iwai. review)
  • Aquarius (2016, Brazil, d. Kleber Mendonça Filho. review)
  • Arrival (2016, USA, d. Denis Villeneuve. review)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018, USA, d. Anthony and Joe Russo. review)


  • The Beach of the Drowned (2015, Spain, d. Gerardo Herrero. review)
  • Beautiful Accident (2017, China, d. Ho Wi Ding. review)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017, USA, d. Bill Condon. review)
  • Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018, UK, d. Steve Sullivan. review)
  • Beowulf (1999, USA, d. Graham Baker. review)
  • Beyond the Reach (2014, USA, d. Jean-Baptiste Leonetti. review)
  • The BFG (2016, USA, d. Steven Spielberg. review)
  • Black Bear Forest (2016, Taiwan, d. Lee Hsiang-hsiu. review)
  • Black Panther (2018, USA, d. Ryan Coogler. review)
  • Black Sun (1964, Japan, d. Koreyoshi Kurahara. review)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017, USA, d. Denis Villeneuve. review)
  • Blair Witch (2016, USA, d. Adam Wingard. review)
  • Blockers (2018, USA, d. Kay Cannon. review)
  • Bloody Milk (2017, France, D. Hubert Charuel. review)
  • Blue Ruin (2013, USA, d. Jeremy Saulnier. review)
  • The Boar King (2014, Taiwan, d. Kuo Chen-Ti. review)
  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000, USA, d. Joe Berlinger. review)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935, USA, d. James Whale. review)
  • Bridge of Spies (2015, USA, d. Steven Spielberg. review)
  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999, USA, d. Martin Scorsese. review)


  • Cargo (2009, Switzerland, d. Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter. review)
  • The Challenge (1982, USA, d. John Frankenheimer. review)
  • Children of Men (2006, USA/UK, d. Alfonso Cuarón. review)
  • Chongqing Hotpot (2016, China, d. Yang Qing. review)
  • The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, USA, d. Julius Onah. review)
  • The Company of Wolves (1984, UK, d. Neil Jordan. review)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016, USA, d. James Wan. review)
  • Cop Car (2015, USA, d/ Jon Watts. review)
  • Cowboys & Aliens (2011, USA, d. Jon Favreau. review)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018, USA, d. Jon M. Chu. review)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, USA, d. Jack Arnold. review)
  • Crumbs (2015, Spain/Ethiopia/Finland, d. Miguel Llansó. review)


  • The Dancer (2016, France, d. Stéphanie Di Giusto. review)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018, USA, d. David Leitch. review)
  • Dear Mr Gacy (2010, Canada, d Svetozar Ristovski. review)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999, USA/Australia, d. Renny Harlin. review)
  • Deep Rising (1998, USA, d. Stephen Sommers. review)
  • Democrats (2014, Denmark, d. Camilla Nielsson. review)
  • The Deserted (2017, Taiwan, d. Tsai Ming-liang. review)
  • Destruction Babies (2016, Japan, d. Tetsuya Mariko. review)
  • Dick Tracy (1990, USA, d. Warren Beatty. review)
  • Dirty Ho (1979, Hong Kong, d. Lau Kar-leung. review)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017, USA, d. James Franco. review)
  • Doctor Strange (2016, USA, d. Scott Derrickson. review)
  • Don’t Breathe (2016, USA, d. Fede Alvarez. review)
  • Dragon Blade (2015, China, d. Daniel Lee. review)
  • Dream Home (2010, Hong Kong, d. Pang Ho-cheung. review)
  • Dunkirk (2017, UK/USA/Netherlands/France, d. Christopher Nolan. review)


  • Enemy at the Gates (2001, France/Germany/USA, d. Jean-Jacques Annaud. review)
  • The Endless (2017, USA, d. Justin benson and Aaron Moorhead. review)
  • The Equation of Love and Death (2008, China, d. Cao Baoping. review)
  • Every Secret Thing (2014, USA, d. Amy Berg. review)
  • Executive Decision (1996, USA, d. Stuart Baird. review)


  • Face/Off (1997, USA, d. John Woo. review)
  • The Fairy (2011, France/Belgium, d. Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romi. review)
  • Family Business (1989, USA, d. Sidney Lumet. review)
  • Far and Away (1992, USA, d. Ron Howard. review)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017, USA, d. F. Gary Gray. review)
  • First Blood (1982, USA, d. Ted Kotcheff. review)
  • First Man (2018, USA, d. Damien Chazelle. review)
  • The Fountain (2006, USA, d. Darren Aronofsky. review)
  • Four Lions (2010, UK, d. Chris Morris. review)
  • Frankenstein (1931, USA, d. James Whale. review)
  • Free and Easy (2016, China, d. Geng Jun. review)
  • Free Fire (2016, UK, d. Ben Wheatley. review)
  • Friday the 13th (1980, USA, d. Sean S. Cunningham. review)
    • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, USA, d. Steve Miner. review)
    • Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982, USA, d. Steve Miner. review)
    • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984, USA, d. Joseph Zito. review)
    • Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985, USA, d. Danny Steinmann. review)
    • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986, USA, d. Tom McLoughlin. review)
    • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1987, USA, d. John Carl Buechler. review)
    • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, USA, d. Rob Hedden. review)
    • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993, USA, d. Adam Marcus. review)
    • Jason X (2001, USA/Canada, d. James Isaac. review)
    • Freddy vs Jason (2003, USA, d. Ronny Yu. review)
    • Friday the 13th (2009, USA, d. Marcus Nispel. review)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008, USA. d. Ron Howard. review)


  • Get Out (2017, USA, d. Jordan Peele. review)
  • Ghost in the Shell (2017, USA, d. Rupert Sanders. review)
  • Giants and Toys (1958, Japan, d. Yasuzo Masamura. review)
  • The Gift (2015, USA, d. Joel Edgerton. review)
  • The Girl on the Train (2016, USA, d. Tate Taylor. review)
  • Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007, Japan, d. Takeshi Kitano. review)
  • Godzilla (1984, Japan, d. Koji Hashimoto. review)
    • Godzilla vs Biollante (1989, Japan, d. Kazuki Omori. review)
  • Golden Orchestra! (2016, Japan, d. Hosokawa Toru. review)
  • The Grandmaster (2013, Hong Kong, d. Wong Kar-wai. review)
  • The Great Muppet Caper (1981, USA/UK, d. Jim Henson. review)
  • The Great Wall (2016, USA/China, d. Zhang Yimou. review)
  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997, USA, d. George Armitage. review)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017, USA, d. James Gunn. review)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018, UK, d. Mike Newell. review)


  • Hail, Caesar! (2016, USA, d. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. review)
  • The Happytime Murders (2018, USA, d. Brian Henson. review)
  • Harmony: The Five Frequencies Saga Part I (2018, Australia, d. Corey Pearson. review)
  • The Hateful Eight (2015, USA, d. Quentin Tarantino. review)
  • Heat (1995, USA, d. Michael Mann. review)
  • Hellraiser (1987, UK, d. Cliver Barker. review)
    • Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988, UK, d. Tony Randel. review)
    • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992, USA, d. Anthony Hickox. review)
    • Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996, USA, d. Alan Smithee. review)
  • Her Sketchbook (2017, Japan, d. Masaya Ozaki. review)
  • Hidden Figures (2016, USA, d. Theodore Melfi. review)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005, UK/USA, d. Garth Jennings. review)
  • Hook (1991, USA, d. Steven Spielberg. review)
  • Hounds of Love (2016, Australia, d. Ben Young. review)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990, USA, d. John McTiernan. review)
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016, USA, d. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. review)


  • I Am Not a Witch (2017, UK/France, d. Rungano Nyoni. review)
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016, China, d. Feng Xiaogang. review)
  • The Ice Pirates (1984, USA, d. Stewart Raffill. review)
  • In Another Country (2012, South Korea, d. Hong Sang-soo. review)
  • In a World… (2013, USA, d. Lake Bell. review)
  • Ip Man (2008, Hong Kong, d. Wilson Yip. review)
  • It (2017, USA, d. Andy Muschietti. review)


  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016, USA, d. Edward Zwick. review)
  • Jane Got a Gun (2016, USA, d. Gavin O’Connor. review)
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017, USA, d. Chad Stahelski. review)
  • Jurassic World (2015, USA, d. Colin Trevorrow. review)
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018, USA, d. J.A. Bayona. review)
  • Justice League (2017, USA, d. Zack Snyder. review)


  • Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009, Japan, d. Toya Sato. review)
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990, USA, d. Ivan Reitman. review)
  • The Kindergarten Teacher (2018, USA, d. Sara Colangelo. review)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017, USA, d. Guy Ritchie. review)
  • King Kong Escapes (1967, Japan/USA, d. Ishiro Honda. review)
  • King of Thorn (2009, Japan, Kazuyoshi Katayama. review)


  • Lady Bird (2017, USA, d. Greta Gerwig. review)
  • Lady in the Water (2006, USA, d. M. Night Shyamalan. review)
  • The Last Painting (2017, Taiwan, d. Cheng Hung-i. review)
  • The Last Princess (2016, South Korea. d. Hur Jin-ho. review)
  • Leave No Trace (2018, USA, d. Debra Granik. review)
  • Leon: The Professional (1994, France, d. Luc Besson. review)
  • Licence to Kill (1989, UK. d. John Glen. review)
  • Lion (2016, Australia, d. Garth Davis. review)
  • Logan (2017, USA, d. James Mangold. review)
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996, USA, d. Renny Harlin. review)
  • Lost and Love (2015, China/Hong Kong, Peng Sanyuan. review)
  • Lost in Paris (2016, France/Belgium, d. Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. review)


  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017, Indonesia, d. Mouly Surya. review)
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017, Japan, d. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. review)
  • Massacre Gun (1967, Japan, d. Yasuhara Hasebe. review)
  • Menashe (2017, USA, d. Joshua Z. Weinstein. review)
  • The Milkwoman (2005, Japan, d. Akira Ogata. review)
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018, USA/UK, d. Desiree Akhavan. review)
  • Mission Impossible (1996, USA, d. Brian De Palma. review)
    • Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018, USA, d. Christopher McQuarrie. review)
  • Monday (2000, Japan, d. Sabu. review)
  • The Monkey King (2014, China, d. Soi Cheang. review)
    • The Monkey King 2 (2016, China, d. Soi Cheang. review)
  • The Mummy (1932, USA, d. Karl Freund. review)
  • The Mummy (1999, USA, d. Stephen Sommers. review)
    • The Mummy Returns (2001, USA, d. Stephen Sommers. review)
  • The Mummy (2017, USA, d. Alex Kurtzman. review)
  • My Life as a Zucchini (2016, France/Switzerland, d. Claude Barras. review)
  • My Uncle (2016, Japan, d. Nobuhiro Yamashita. review)


  • The Name of the Rose (1986, France/Germany/Italy, d. Jean-Jacques Annaud. review)
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984, Japan, d. Hayao Miyazaki. review)
  • Number One (2017, France/Belgium, d. Tonie Marshall. review)
  • The Nun (2018, UA, d. Corin Hardy. review)


  • On Body and Soul (2017, Hungary, d. Ildikó Enyedi. review)
  • Our Shining Days (2017, China/India, d. Wang Ran. review)
  • Overheard (2009, Hong Kong, d. Alan Mak and Felix Chong. review)


  • Personal Shopper (2016, France, d. Olivier Assayas. review)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, USA, d. Gore Verbinski. review)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006, USA, d. Gore Verbinski. review)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, USA, d. Gore Verbinski. review)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011, USA, d. Rob Marshall. review)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017, USA, d. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. review)
  • Planetarium (2016, France/Belgium, d. Rebecca Zlotowski. review)
  • Plunkett and Macleane (1999, UK, d. Jake Scott. review)
  • Portrait of a Beauty (2008, South Korea, d. Jeon Yun-su. review)
  • The Post (2017, USA, d. Steven Spielberg. review)
  • The Purge: Election Year (2016, USA, d. James DeMonaco. review)


  • Quick Change (1990, USA, d. Howard Franklin and Bill Murray. review)
  • A Quiet Place (2018, USA, d. John Krasinski. review)


  • (RamboFirst Blood (1982, USA, d. Ted Kotcheff. review)
    • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, USA, d. George P. Cosmatos. review)
    • Rambo (2008, USA, d. Sylvester Stallone. review)
  • Rampage (2018, USA, d. Brad Peyton. review)
  • Raw (2016, France/Belgium, d. Julia Ducournau. review)
  • Ready Player One (2018, USA, d. Steven Spielberg. review)
  • The Reaping (2007, USA, d. Stephen Hopkins. review)
  • Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Taiwan, d. Tsai Ming-Liang. review)
  • Red Pier (1958, Japan, d. Toshio Masuda. review)
  • Robo Rock (2007, Japan, d. Taikan Suga. review)
  • The Rock (1996, USA, d. Michael Bay. review)
  • Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997, USA, d. David Mirkin. review)
  • Rouge (1987, Hong Kong, d. Stanley Kwan. review)
  • Rough Night (2017, USA, d. Lucia Aniello. review)


  • Sadako vs Kayako (2016, Japan, d. Koji Shiraishi. review)
  • The Sea Hawk (1940, USA, d. Michael Curtiz. review)
  • Shaft (2000, USA, d. John Singleton. review)
  • The Shallows (2016, USA. d. Jaume Collet-Serra. review)
  • The Shape of Water (2017, USA, d. Guillermo Del Toro. review)
  • Shock Wave (2017, Hong Kong/China, d. Herman Yau. review)
  • Silverado (1985, USA, d. Lawrence Kasdan. review)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999, USA, d. Tim Burton. review)
  • Slow West (2015, New Zealand/UK, d. John McLean. review)
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1997, Denmark/Germany/France, d. Bille August. review)
  • Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997, USA, d. Michael Cohn. review)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018, USA, d. Ron Howard. review)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004, USA, d. Sam Raimi. review)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, USA, d. Jon Watts. review)
  • Spirited Away (2001, Japan, d. Hayao Miyazaki. review)
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018, USA, d. Susanna Fogel. review)
  • Starman (1984, USA, d. John Carpenter. review)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979, USA, d. Robert Wise. review)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017, USA, d. Rian Johnson. review)
  • Stonehead (2017. China, d. Zhao Xiang. review)
  • Street Fighter (1994, USA, d. Steven E. De Souza. review)
  • Submergence (2017, USA/France/Spain, d. Wim Wenders. review)
  • Sudden Death (1995, USA. d. Peter Hyams. review)


  • T2 Trainspotting (2017, UK, d. Danny Boyle. review)
  • Tag (2015, Japan, d. Sion Sono. review)
  • Terra Formars (2016, Japan, d. Takashi Miike. review)
  • Thirteen Ghosts (2001, USA, d. Steve Beck. review)
  • 31 (2016, USA, d. Rob Zombie. review)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017, USA, d. Taika Waititi. review)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, USA/UK, d. Martin McDonagh. review)
  • Tin Men (1987, USA, d. Barry Levinson. review)
  • Twister (1996, USA, d. Jan de Bont. review)
  • Two-Way Stretch (1960, UK, d. Robert Day. review)


  • The Uchoten Hotel (2006, Japan, d. Koki Mitani. review)
  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975, Japan, d. Masahiro Shinoda. review)
  • Under Siege (1992, USA, d. Andrew Davis. review)
    • Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995, USA, d. Geoff Murphy. review)
  • Unforgiven (2013, Japan, d. Lee Sang-il. review)
  • U.S. Marshals (1998, USA, d. Stuart Baird. review)


  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017, France, d. Luc Besson. review)
  • The Virgin Queen (1955, USA, d. Henry Koster. review)
  • The Void (2016, Canada, d. Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. review)


  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, USA, d. Matt Reeves. review)
  • The Wolf Man (1941, USA, d. George Waggner. review)
  • Wonder Woman (2017, USA, d. Patty Jenkins. review by Grant Watson, review by Tehani Croft.)
  • The Woodsman and the Rain (2011, Japan, d. Shuichi Okita. review)


  • XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (2017, USA, d. D.J. Caruso. review)


  • Young Sherlock Holmes (1985, USA, d. Barry Levinson. review)
  • Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998, Japan, d. Takashi Miike. review)
  • Your Name (2016, Japan, d. Makoto Shinkai. review)
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