I rated Sicario 2 6/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt5052474

hackneyed beginning, eye-rolling ending, surprisingly compelling in-between.

Weak-stomached bureaucrats bring the gang back to start an inter-cartel war in Mexico to reduce human-trafficking of fundamentalist terrorists across the border.

Things go a bit dodgy and tricky situations ensue.

There’s barely anything in this film that can’t be solved by violence. This rather undermines some of the critical greyness and tension that Sicario had. However, this does have its grey and dark parts.

The best scene has to be where Alejandro (del Toro) asks a Mexican chap for help in the desert. Great to see sign language in a regular movie.

Worth seeing if you don’t have to go too far out of your way.

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I rated The Incredibles 2 9/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt3606756

twice as good as The Incredibles? Not far off.

This is a real fun film that I got to see at a Cineworld Unlimited secret screening.

The Incredibles are in hiding but can’t avoid trying to do good. With some disastrous consequences.

A billionaire wants to make superheroes legal again but all it not as it seems.

With some very amusing teenage events and some great almost slapstick humour, this film captures the original Incredibles spirit and style and pushes harder.

The emergence of Jack Jack’s superpowers is hilarious.

The short before the main movie ‘Bau’ was a beautifully done tale of growing up.

I rated Entebbe (2018) 3/10 on IMDB

www.imdb.com/title/tt5466186

Dodgy accents, trope-ridden direction, lacklustre storytelling, and a mish-mash of messages make this an ordeal to watch.

The dance sequence has more drama than the hijacking, hostage negotiations, and raid. Maybe there’s a point there. But there’s no point in seeing this movie. I’d anticipated some meaningful political exchanges in the Israeli cabinet meetings but it’s all rendered inert in this movie.

Sadly, a disappointment.

I rated Tully 6/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt5610554

smartly told and well acted, Tully tells both the true story of the harrowing and rewarding journey of parenthood and a darker side.

Brilliantly observed at times, the only fumble Tully made for me was in its clumsy revelation. Which, unless you’ve never seen a movie before, is somewhat predictable. But its harshness is in keeping with the rest of this well-worth-watching movie. The remaining few minutes of the movie are a little mawkish and it could have done without them.

I rated A Quiet Place 6/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200

excellent use of jump cuts and tense jump scares. Credible ‘normal’ people dealing with super-scary alien monsters.

The alien monsters though? Sure, scary looks. But do they have super-sensitive hearing? Do they have bat-like echolocation? Well, that depends a little on the whims of the scene. Either way if you can suspend your disbelief you’ll find this a tense and exciting movie. If not then it’s a trope-ridden jump-scare-fest with monsters that would be in Scooby Doo if they were less gruesome.

I’ll ignore the patches of sand, the woeful soundproofing, the incredible undiscovered monster deterrent, and the nail in the step. That would detract from the fun.

Worth watching to see whether you find it scary or ridiculous.

I rated Ready, Player One 6/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720

only 6/10? Well it could have been so much more in a somewhat shorter time.

This is a good children’s movie that gets across a lot of the content of the novel on which it is based.

However, like many such properties it fails to capture the essentials only and instead rumbles on in a long literal exposition. Think later Harry Potter movies: all well and good but…

Like most Spielberg films for children it touches on mawkish at times but also has a gentle touch when it comes to peril and violence.

As you’d expect, its video game influences are wide ranging and very strong. And yet after a few minutes of Oasis-based footage you get used to it. The frequent back to the future references, the different pop culture content, and the stylised VR look all join together to make it pretty consistent and slick.

The bad guys are bad and yet not vicious. The good guys remind me of the goonies. And the ending is suitably Spielberg and reassuring.

This is a fair interpretation of the novel. It won’t satisfy folks wanting a darker, Matrix-like interpretation but it will satisfy and perhaps delight Spielberg fans and folks wanting a pop-culture inspired tale of good over evil.

I rated Tomb Raider (2018) 7/10

www.imdb.com/title/tt1365519

surprisingly good and action-packed children’s adventure movie based on the games of the same name.

There’s an urban start that grounds Lara Croft’s taste for thrills and adventure. It also establishes her as more real than many characters in similar movies. The bicycle courier fox hunt is an entertaining and exciting change from tedious vroom vroom car chases.

Possibly the tensest scenes are when Lara has to avoid falling down a waterfall by scrambling through a rotting plane. Though I’m unsure that planes rust what with being made of aluminium and suchlike the heights and the peril are well played.

The movie has very strong video game influences as you’d expect. For example, the evasion scenes in the jungle are Temple Run in movie form.

The bad guys are surprisingly mean, callous, and violent. For a 12A this movie had some brutal violence and dispassionate killings. Nothing too horrible, just different from the usual TV-like 12A stuff.

All in all this is an enjoyable and thrilling adventure/quest movie based clearly on its video game heritage. It establishes Wikander as a credible Lara Croft and Lara Croft as a very credible adventurer/action character. I hope any subsequent movies in the series maintain this standard.