The Flash season 4 needs to make Barry a hero again

As we leave The Flash at the end of its third season finale, Savitar has been defeated, HR is dead, Caitlin has some of her marbles back, and Barry has been taken by the speed force. The episode is fine, but it suffers from being stuck on the end of a season of the show that’s repeatedly tested fans’ patience and shredded a lot of the goodwill built up over its first season and a half.

Wonder Woman review

The narrative around Wonder Woman has been and will continue to be that of the first female superhero film of the current boom, beating the MCU’s Captain Marvel to the punch and putting Patty Jenkins in the director’s chair. There’s a lot riding on the film to be a success, both for the DCEU and for anyone wishing to see more films like it in the future.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge review

What a strange franchise the Pirates films are. Once a surprise box office juggernaut back in 2003, subsequent sequels have turned it into a series of films known more for squandered potential than the soaring heights of its first outing. After a trilogy that became more unsatisfying as it went along, and a spin-off most people seem to have forgotten about, it’s back for another go with directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg at the helm.

Baywatch review

The trend of old 80s properties being remake into R-rated comedies aimed at audiences who never saw the original is approaching a middle, and the latest to jump on the coattails of its more successful predecessors is Baywatch, from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon.

13 Reasons Why: trauma and unreliable narrators

There’s a scene in the penultimate episode of 13 Reasons Why in which everyone affected by the cassette tapes left behind by Hannah Baker - a 17-year-old high school student who recently committed suicide - discusses how much of her account is true. Throughout the series we’re told repeatedly that some tapes are outright lies, and that Hannah is simply trying to blackmail her classmates from beyond the grave.

A Dog’s Purpose review

I don’t know if you’ve realised this, but dogs are quite cute. When they die, it’s really, really sad. Well that’s basically the two modes A Dog’s Purpose, Lasse Hallström’s surprisingly existential pup movie based on W. Bruce Cameron’s novel landing in cinemas this May, travels in and, despite sparks of creativity and darkness here and there, it never moves much beyond low expectations.

Pretty Little Liars season 7 episode 11 review: Playtime

Speaking on behalf of the majority of Pretty Little Liars fans in this episode, in response to Mona’s question of “do you trust me?”, Hannah replies, “sometimes”. As we enter these final ten episodes of the crazy, emotional, often transcendent ride that has been this show, we’re at a crossroads. We can approach the end with suspicion and measured expectations, or we can just relax and go along for the ride.

The Big Bang Theory season 10 episode 21 review: The Separation Agitation

The Big Bang Theory has been in dire need of new blood for some time now. With it getting difficult to remember a time when Bernadette, Amy and Stuart weren’t part of the furniture, there’s been a sense this season that the writers may have run out of things to do with their regular characters. That concern was only exacerbated by the apparently imminent cancellation and subsequent two-season renewal.

Guerrilla: a complicated and timely UK political drama

Politically charged shows hoping to make an impact on audiences are in a uniquely difficult position. Be too connected to current events and face the inevitable backlash and skittish executives, but separate too far from the real world struggles of people across the world and face the chance of the story not feeling relevant to the wider public.

Guerrilla episode 1 review

“You’re soldiers now,” a character tells Jas (Freida Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay), two formerly peaceful protesters who’ve just violently broken a man out of prison, at the end of Guerrilla’s first episode. There’s no turning back, and things are only going to get harder.

Clique episode 6 review

I’ll cop to, six weeks ago, not having high expectations for Clique beyond its attempts to emulate the glossy female-centric US dramas that haven’t quite caught on over here. It fulfilled that promise well, with its scandalous relationships, dark undertones and racy sex scenes.

The Big Bang Theory season 10 episode 20 review: The Recollection Dissipation

There are certain sitcom tropes every show has to cover at some point - the It’s A Wonderful Life episode, the episode when the most intolerable character learns to be tolerable, the one where they tackle mental illness or addiction for half an hour before never speaking of it again and - straight out of the 90s - the one where the protagonist has to be in two places at once.

Going In Style review

Could you pull off a bank heist, with a little bit of training from the local bad element and a worthy cause behind you? Surely it can’t be that hard. Now ask that same question to 80-year-old you - the answer’s probably a bit different. And yet that’s the scenario Going In Style - Zach Braff’s remake of the 1979 of the same name - posits.

Clique episode 5 review

After episode four of Clique upped the ante and revealed just how bleak and seedy Solasta’s underbelly truly is, you might expect things to start going the way of the heroes. But there’s the structure of a television series to think about and, with two episodes left, Holly hasn’t quite been beaten down enough.

The Big Bang Theory season 10 episode 19 review: The Collaboration Fluctuation

There are several reasons I don’t envy the writing team behind The Big Bang Theory, and one of them is because they’re the people who have to concoct brand new situations for their situational comedy every week, filling more than twenty-two half-hours every season. Now, you might sensibly argue that this is their job and they’re being paid handsomely for it, but I also find myself racking my brains for what I’d do with each of these characters and coming up with very little.