• Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★

    In fairness, fax machines really are that scary.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★½

    Look it’s a bit of a mess, but it’s a fun mess, and when you open your sequel with an extended scene of two black filmgoers critiquing how white the original film was, that’s honestly pretty something (even if the rest of the sequel is almost just as white as the original).

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★½

    This is a real top of the line horror, I’m amazed I hadn’t seen it before. Also PHILLIP GLASS on the soundtrack, why had no-one told me???

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    I felt professionally obligated to watch this, but surely there are better professions out there, like arms dealing or feeding the climate crisis? I feel mortified for Taika Waititi, who by now has well and truly spent his goodwill, and Jodie Comer, who does her best to try and save this. But all it is is someone watching low res clips on YouTube of The Truman Show, They Live, and The Matrix, and thinking that might mean something when combined with Fortnite and IP cameos. So much secondhand embarrassment here.

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★★

    There are entire shots and moments that still haven’t been outdone, fifty years later. But the greatest devilry the film pulls off is Max von Sydow looking exactly the same for half a century.

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★

    “So how’s the coin collection coming along, son?” The most terrifying words in this cheerfully bonkers movie.

  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★½

    Christopher Plummer reciting Shakespeare while caked in Klingon makeup in the throes of battle is a lot, but also just enough. Combined with an on the nose but still good Cold War allegory, a very nice score from Eidelman, and a gentle sense of letting the greats go - the future is another country - there’s a lot here to like, and more than enough to counter the usual Trek feature film pitfalls.

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★

    O Brother, Thou Art Under Thy Floorboards

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★

    Unbelievably slow - that dry dock scene is still going - but brilliantly big minded, undoubtedly Trek-like, and all put together with special effects and a Jerry Goldsmith score that are absolute perfection.

  • The Mask

    The Mask

    ★★★

    What if American Psycho had more of a Looney Tunes vibe

  • X-Men: The Last Stand

    X-Men: The Last Stand

    ★★★

    Yeah so the script is pretty clunky in places and reduces it all to mega action for the finale, and Vinne Jones (!) stars as Chav-man with probably the most hilarious polystyrene helmet I’ve seen in a film - but aside from that it really isn’t so bad (especially compared to a lot of the MCU), and it certainly helps that John Powell’s score is easily the best of the series so far.

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★½

    All my favourite superheroes are here: man who becomes blob fish, man who has big big tongue, man who has to wear Oakleys