If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins

If Beale Street Could Talk is Barry Jenkins following film after Moonlight (the Best Picture winner in 2017 at the Academy Awards). If Beale Street Could Talk is moving, visually stunning and explores innocent love and intimacy. Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, the love story at its core is surrounded byContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins”

Sorry to Bother You (2018) – Boots Riley

Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You is a refreshing, innovative satire that is thought-provoking and forces you to question your own complicity in the oppressive structures in society today. As well as directing, Riley also wrote the script, and his activist background is apparent through the film’s presence and power. The piece tackles a multitudeContinue reading “Sorry to Bother You (2018) – Boots Riley”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Directed, written and produced by the Coen brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a spontaneous film with a freeing tone. It’s pleasurable to watch as a result of the effort and care that has been put into making it. There are moments of levity and absurdity, with singing and fourth wall breaks: This isContinue reading “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)”

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Peyton Reed

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the twentieth film in the MCU and the cast from Ant-Man (2015) return with added cast members such as Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill Foster), Hannah John-Kamen (Ava/Ghost), Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne). Peyton Reed is back directing from the first Ant-ManContinue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Peyton Reed”

Hotel Artemis (2018) – Drew Pearce

Hotel Artemis is a film directed by Drew Pearce, set in a dystopian Los Angeles of 2028, in which the privatization of water has sparked riots and unrest in the city. This bleak surrounding permeates the gates of the twenty-two-year standing Hotel Artemis, where ‘The Nurse’ Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster), patches up and gives medicalContinue reading “Hotel Artemis (2018) – Drew Pearce”

Ocean’s Eight (2018) – Gary Ross

Ocean’s Eight is directed by Gary Ross, known for writing things such as Big (1988) and more recently The Hunger Games from 2012 and 2016s Free State of Jones, which he also directed. The cast of the film is its main asset, as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and many other talented actresses have charming personalities.Continue reading “Ocean’s Eight (2018) – Gary Ross”

Love, Simon (2018) – Greg Berlanti

Love, Simon is a film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) by Becky Albertalli. It is by the same producers that made The Fault in Our Stars (2014), which is apparent from its tone. Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson as the lead character, is a sweetContinue reading “Love, Simon (2018) – Greg Berlanti”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – J.A. Bayona

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom directed by J.A. Bayona, is a film that I did not have high expectations for, due to my thoughts on the first Jurassic World of 2015. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom therefore did not disappoint, as I knew what type of film I was going in to. While there are attempts toContinue reading “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – J.A. Bayona”

Deadpool 2 (2018) – David Leitch

Deadpool 2 is an exuberant, humorous film with unapologetically bold choices, similar to the first Deadpool (2016). Tim Miller was set to direct the sequel, having directed the first one, but due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds he quit and David Leitch took over. I was interested to see how the change in directorContinue reading “Deadpool 2 (2018) – David Leitch”

Isle of Dogs (2018) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is an incredible piece of cinematography, with stunning stop-motion animation and an emotive, moving story-line. It is set in a dystopian future in the fictional Megasaki City in Japan. A fear of the growing dog disease epidemic causes all dogs to be shipped to Trash Island, the Isle of Dogs.Continue reading “Isle of Dogs (2018) – Wes Anderson”