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Aquaman

11 Dec 20183 stars

James Wan's contribution to the DC universe is a love letter to old school fantasy and adventure

Director James Wan, most famous for his contribution to modern horror with The Conjuring, Insidious and Saw, diverts into goofy adventure with this DC Comics adaptation. His origin story steers away from the dark and tedious prior output of the DC…

Mortal Engines

10 Dec 20182 stars

Peter Jackson produces and co-writes this disappointing dystopian adventure

In the post-apocalyptic future of this cumbersome steampunk fantasy mobilised 'predator' cities 'ingest' smaller cities through gaping maws, stripping them of vitals with scant regard for their human populations. Adapted from the first of four young…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

10 Dec 20184 stars

Exhilarating, imaginative animation co-written by The Lego Movie's Phil Lord

Before you groan 'not another Spider-Man', this exhilarating animated adventure is different. Really different. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dispenses with that same old origin story that has seen Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland play…

An Elephant Sitting Still

10 Dec 20184 stars

Epic and intense Chinese drama from the late Hu Bo

This epic and mesmerising Chinese film depicts society as a selfish and poisonous wasteland in its pursuit of materialistic wealth. It asks the viewer to spend dawn to dusk with four citizens who have been discarded in some way due to economic…

Free Solo

10 Dec 20184 stars

Insightful and exhilarating documentary following rock climber Alex Honnold

Opening with the dizzying aerial image of climber Alex Honnold perched perilously on a seemingly sheer cliff face, high above the ground, Free Solo is visually spectacular from the outset. Perhaps more awesome than the soaring natural habitat in which…