Crawl review brutal alligator horror is a snappy summer surprise

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja returns to the water for a lean, suspenseful tale of a father and daughter trapped in a flooding, predator-filled house Withholding a film from the press until the very day that it opens is usually the surest sign said film is a catastrophe. (The recent example of Luc Bessons misfiring assassin thriller Burning Bright, which saw a young woman stuck in a house with a tiger while a hurricane edges closer, Crawl sees a young woman stuck in house with an alligator while a hurricane edges closer an astonishingly similar premise yet one played out with a great deal more skill. Part of that is because, well, alligators tend to evoke a great deal more …

Point Blank review mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix

Anthony Mackie rises above a rickety remake of a French thriller about a nurse teaming up with a criminal after his wife is kidnapped In order to create the optimal viewing experience for rickety Netflix thriller Point Blank, a quickie remake of the acclaimed 2010 French film, expectations should either be lowered or, even better, eradicated completely. Its an easy-to-follow strategy given that a) Netflix original films are patchy at best and b) heres yet another one of them thats received no form of marketing push. The Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy I Am Mother was a pleasant surprise given that no one really knew it existed until the day it dropped. In a different era and with a bit more …

Anna review Luc Besson’s empty assassin thriller shoots blanks

A vacuous performance from model Sasha Luss sinks the directors attempt to add a modern spin on his 1990 thriller La Femme Nikita Who or what is Anna? Answers include a reminder of director Luc Bessons action movie credentials, an attempt to start a female-fronted assassin franchise and a showcase for the acting talents of model Sasha Luss. Or at least thats what could be said of the film, sight unseen. Because in actuality, the delayed, and rather dumped thriller (distributor Lionsgate refused to screen the film for press) is an unqualified failure on all three counts, a wide-releasing multiplex dweller that instead works best as an undemanding late-night TV watch, exactly where it should have been offloaded in the …

Best films of 2019 so far

Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame the finest movies yet this year released in the UK The Favourite A New Years Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimoss period romp kicked the year off in fine style; Olivia Colmans Oscar win two months later was the crowning glory. What we said: A reminder that the idea of royalty as polite and picturesquely sentimental is something that came in with Queen Victoria: The Favourite is more punk than that. Its a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup. Read the full review An Impossible Love A daughters life is shaped by her fathers arrogance and her …