All posts by Hugo Gordon


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

Director: J. A. Bayona Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum After 25 years and several sequels of, shall we say, variable quality, some of the novelty has started to wear off the dinosaur-delivering Jurassic franchise. Sadly, this latest entry sees the series continue to teeter towards extinction: though director J….


My Friend Dahmer Review

Director: Marc Meyers Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts, and Anne Heche What if someone you knew at school grew up to be a serial killer? This was what happened to John ‘Derf’ Backderf, whose award-winning 2012 graphic novel My Friend Dahmer told the tale of a teenage Backderf’s acquaintance with a young man called Jeffrey Dahmer, who would ultimately become…


The Breadwinner Review

Director: Nora Twomey Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Bhatia, Noorin Gulamgaus, Kane Mahon, Laara Sadiq Animation can help make grim events more palatable for audiences (a live-action Grave of the Fireflies, for example, would surely have been unwatchable). In The Breadwinner, director Nora Twomey looks to do the same, by taking a bleak tale and turning it into something rather entrancing….


The Strangers: Prey At Night Review

Director: Johannes Roberts Starring:  Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman ‘Why are you doing this?’ cries one character to their assailant in The Strangers: Prey At Night. ‘Why not?’ comes the reply. You can imagine the same conversation playing out if you quizzed director Johannes Roberts and writer Bryan Bertino as to why they’d bothered with this ultra formulaic…


Ghost Stories Review

Directors: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman Starring: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Nicholas Burns, Andy Nyman, Jill Halfpenny, Paul Whitehouse Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman (known for his work with illusionist Derren Brown), the stage play Ghost Stories has enjoyed a successful run since it first opened in 2010, their loving homage to…


Annihilation Review

Director: Alex Garland Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac Annihilation, British writer-director Alex Garland’s follow-up to his superb 2015 debut feature Ex Machina, may herald a new era of film-making but perhaps not for the reasons he hoped for. That’s because, while it’s been granted a full cinema release…


I, Tonya Review

Director: Craig Gillespie Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale Given the extent to which she gripped the world’s attention back in 1994, it’s perhaps surprising that it’s taken Tonya Harding’s story nearly 25 years to make it to the big screen. In Craig Gillespie’s efforts to bring together the truly wild…


Coco Review

Director: Lee Unkrich Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos Legendary though Pixar may be, the animation studio’s recent form has been patchy at best – for every Inside Out there’s been a Good Dinosaur. Thankfully their Dia de Los Muertos-themed Coco is a wonderfully creative, if…


The Shape Of Water Review

Director: Guillermo Del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer I am a sucker for modern fairy tales, and few people tell them so well as Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. An unashamed genre fan who gleefully cribs from folk tales and classic B-movies, he can be an…


Hostiles Review

Director: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach, and Q’orianka Kilcher ‘The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer,’ reads the D.H. Lawrence quote that opens Hostiles, the grimly and aptly titled new western from Scott Cooper. Set in 1892 in the later years of what is still…


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

Director: Martin McDonagh Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage It’s been twenty years since Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her legendary turn as a folksy Minnesota detective in Fargo. Now her superb performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latest film from In Bruges-director Martin McDonagh, could see her…


The Disaster Artist Review

Director: James Franco Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver There are good films. There are bad films. There are very bad films. And then there are those films so terrible, so awe-inspiringly catastrophic, that they transcend badness and become something else entirely – the so-bad-it’s-good movie. And few representatives of this…


Brigsby Bear Review

Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill and Claire Danes star in David McCary’s Brigsby Bear, but is it worth your time? Here’s our review.