The Emoji Movie review

There are bad films and then there are terrible films. Terrible films leave the viewer in mental and emotional anguish following a confusing and often offensive couple of hours during which, for some reason, they were unable to leave the cinema or simply hit the stop button on their remote. We’ve all sat through a terrible movie or two (or several) before we start learning how best to avoid them.

BBC Three's Murdered For Being Different: review

We exist in a time when pointless, devastating violence is an all-too common occurrence, whether it’s knife crime amongst teenagers, terrorism or people simply letting their opposing views turn into physical conflicts. We’re as divided as ever, and the lines we draw between ourselves and the people we encounter everyday are ever-more arbitrary despite the heavy cost.

Anti Matter review

Teased as a modern, sci-fi thriller take on Alice In Wonderland, Anti Matter - written and directed by Keir Burrows - follows Ana (Yaiza Figueroa) a scientist leading the Oxford University team who uncover the science around wormholes. If that description intrigues you, then the film itself comes highly recommended.

Despicable Me 3 review

Come for the decent concept, stay for the Minions. That’s always been the general thesis behind Despicable Me films, and Universal has done its best to give the people what they want. The world will likely not remember Steve Carell’s work as Gru, or Russell Brand’s now-dispatched Doctor Nefario, but the Minions will almost certainly live on until the end of time.

Pretty Little Liars season 7 episode 20 review: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a perfect show. I find it impossible to connect with ‘prestige’ dramas, and have always gravitated towards messy, flawed shows over The Sopranos and The Wires of the world. Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows, sometimes at its best and worst within the same scene, and a story whose constantly conflicting genres have angered fans and critics time and time again.

My Cousin Rachel review

Gothic romance isn’t as popular a genre as it once was, but Roger Michell’s take on My Cousin Rachel is here to bring it back. There’s a reason Hitchcock adapted author Daphne du Maurier’s work into The Birds and Rebecca, and this film’s source material shares a lot of the same suspense and intrigue as those novels. The result here is an oddly distant look at gender and obsession, offering brief insight into the characters even when their actions don’t make much sense.

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.