The Mummy Review


Much has been made, in the last few weeks of the marketing, of the fact that The Mummy is the film that’s meant to kick off Universal’s latest attempt at a shared cinematic universe featuring all their classic monsters. On this evidence, it’s a universe that deserves to be left on the scrapheap (as it very nearly was after the dreadful Dracula Untold), as not only is The Mummy a simply terrible film, it’s made far, far worse by its need to set up this ‘new world of gods and monsters’. A flavourless lump of exposition and repetition, it lacks all the charms of the ‘30s originals and the Brendan Fraser-led 1999 MummyContinue reading


Star Trek Beyond Review


When JJ Abrams departed his rebooted Star Trek franchise to lead that other Star-based series into unprecedented global success, feelings were mixed. On one hand, Abrams had brought Star Trek to a whole new audience and made it a contender on a never-more-competitive blockbuster world stage. On the other, many die-hard Trekkies were glad to see the back of him, hating as they did (for reasons I can’t fully fathom) Into Darkness. Into the void stepped Justin Lin, the director best known for his work on the Fast and Furious films. With a really terrible first trailer, and Lin’s history of helming dumb and frenetic actioners, nervous anticipation defined the build up to the release of this third instalment, Star Trek Beyond. Continue reading