The sequel to the hugely popular 2015 spy-spoof caper, Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle is back with more of the same. Taron Egerton's Eggsy is back living the high life as a gentleman spy dating a Swedish princess, that is until drug cartel leader Poppy (Julianne Moore) decides to blow up all the Kingsman agency's and they are forced to seek out their counterparts in the American agency Statesman. Still as violent and as crude as the first film, does it live up to its own hype? What about the return of Colin Firth and that infamous Glastonbury scene? And what's up with the Elton John cameo?
Maybe one of the most criticised films of the year so far, Darren Aronofsky's Biblical/environmental parable Mother! has divided audiences between those that see it as high art and those that see it as pretentious nonsense. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as the mother and Javier Bardem as Him, we witness the first half of the film delve into Kafka-esque horror when a married couple (Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris) just won't leave their house, to the second half's dream-like, quasi-religious maelstrom. We delve into the films symbolism and question whether Aronofsky's ideas were translated well onto the screen, and is it really as terrible as what Cinemascore would have you believe.
The second adaptation of one of Stephen King's most famous books It has hit cinema's with aplomb, securing the position of biggest opening weekend for a horror film ever. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, this version keeps most of the story intact, except for planting it in the 1980s instead of the 50s, and delivers us the first half of this tale, looking at how these seven kids had to overcome their own fears to defeat the monstrous dancing clown Pennnywise. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard and Sophia Lillis, It may provide us a welcome change, as this is clearly a horror story with a solid backbone, but is it really free of the today's cinematic cliché's, and is it even scary? Plus, Richee tells us his own terrifying tale from within the darkness of the cinema screening.
There are many bad Stephen King adaptations, but are there any quite like Spike's television adaptation of The Mist? Based on the short story, a town is befallen by a mysterious mist so opaque you can't see the dangers within. The difference with this version? The mist preys on peoples individual fears. Unfortunately, this version isn't very consistent with its own lore, and adding to that some extremely poor storytelling choices and predictable twists, season one of The Mist provides one of the most lamentable viewing experiences we've had in recent memory.