Don't let the title of this genuinely funny comedy put you off. The Big Sick is charming and sweet natured and has more laughs than most American comedies of late. Kumail Ninjiani is terrific as, well, himself, as he falls for Zoe Kazan who then falls into a coma. More about family and culture than an out-and-out rom-com, this is a crowd pleaser of the highest order. Recommended.
If you didn't know this was a Woody Allen film, you'd know this was a Woody Allen film. Jessie Eisenberg stars as a New Yorker wanting to find a new life in LA but instead falls for Kristen Stewart, who just happens to have a secret that sends him back to New York to become a star of the cafe society. Very slight Allen affair with his usual traits but not as many laughs.
The third in the series is a relentlessly bleak affair and yet fits perfectly with the rest of the films, as Andy Serkis' Caesar takes on Woody Harrelson's The Colonel in a brutal game of wits. The CGI is extraordinary, the script sharp and intelligent and it has to be said that the Planet of the Apes 21st century versions should be recognised as an outstanding trilogy. Fantastic.
The third outing for Gru and his Minions, this time round taking on an 80's former child star while Gru comes face-to-face with the identical twin brother he didn't know he had. While the pre-credit sequence is hilarious and some of the jokes hit the target, this is a franchise that is getting slightly tiresome. Flashes of what makes this series fun aren't enough to make this a great film.
Edgar Wright's superb action thriller is almost like a musical in which the soundtrack plays just as important a part of the story as the actors. Ansel Elgort is the getaway driver who is forced into a job that is doomed to fail. With superb set pieces and a soundtrack that out beats Guardians of the Galaxy, this is the coolest, smartest movie of the year so far.
David Cronenberg's shocking remake of the 50's classic is more than just a gory horror as we watch mild-mannered scientist Jeff Goldblum turn into a fly after an experiment with a teleporter goes wrong. Part beauty and the beast-esque love story, part journey into madness, this still has the power to shock while at the same time amazed by the superb make-up and effects. Definitely not for the sqeamish.