Riz Ahmed is incredible in this film

★★★★★

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. (IMDb)

Not that it isn’t still deep and compelling, but you can just tell Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal (the director’s debut feature film, mind you) would’ve been even more of a profound and captivating experience if you watched it at the cinema. It’s a powerhouse piece of dramatic filmmaking that delivers some seriously impressive sound design and editing, anchored by tremendous performances from lead actor Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci. …


This movie is a delight

★★★★★

Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again. (IMDb)

Trust me, you should go into Palm Springs knowing as little as possible. I’d almost suggest you fire up Amazon Prime right now and watch it before reading the rest of this review, even if I won’t reveal anything beyond the premise. There are a whole bunch of spoilers out there, and my advice is to avoid them as much as possible. …


It’s loud, dumb, and exactly what we need right now…

★★★★☆

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another — the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong — with humanity caught in the balance. (IMDb)

Even if you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world where cinemas are open at the moment, you won’t have seen a loud trashy blockbuster in well over a year due to all the movie delays. The release of Godzilla vs Kong changes that, bringing monster mayhem to your living room as the two titans duel it out. We’ve…


Zack Snyder’s four-hour version of Justice League is out now…

Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League

★★★★☆

Determined to ensure Superman’s ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. (IMDb)

The “Snyder Cut” of Justice League makes for a fascinating contrast with the original release of the film. It’s not often we get to see such a different take on something we’ve already watched. The story behind the release of this director’s cut is long, complicated and messy. The film is now here, and it came about for both good and bad…


Time to fire up that Apple TV+ subscription…

★★★★★

Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football. (IMDb)

The idea for Ted Lasso came from, of all places, a series of adverts that aired on NBC Sports a few years back. An American football coach taking charge of an English football team? How ridiculous. It’s a concept that sounds like it should be completely one-dimensional and good for a few laughs but not much more. In reality, this Apple TV+ comedy is full of humour and boasts a cast of excellent…


It’ll arrive on Disney+ in March…

While both Spider-Man: Far From Home and WandaVision have dealt with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, it’s expected that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be the series that gets stuck into real world conflicts and the political climate that these characters are living with after Marvel’s conclusive 2019 film. A limited series with six episodes, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will follow Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) as they try to fill Captain America’s boots. Marvel has released a new trailer for the upcoming show, and there’s a lot to dissect here.

“Mr…


There are just five episodes of this French mystery thriller, but more are on the way…

★★★★☆

Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family. (IMDb)

Who would’ve guessed that a contemporary adaptation of the classic French character Arsène Lupin would provide one of the first TV hits of 2021? And yet it has. Lupin is the first French series to make it into the Netflix top 10 over in the US, and the new crime series is one of the top shows here in the UK too. …


It has its moments, but it’s a little disappointing

★★★☆☆

Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing. (IMDb)

Wonder Woman 1984 has seen several delays since its initial move from its planned November 2019 release date. It was first shifted to a summer release for June 2020, and then moved again and again due to the coronavirus pandemic. First to mid-August, then to October, then to December. For some audiences in the UK, there was a brief time when you could watch it at the…


This 2011 movie hits hard during the coronavirus pandemic…

★★★★☆

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (IMDb)

Last year, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 thriller Contagion saw a resurgence as the coronavirus began to spread. At times, it was the most-watched movie on Netflix. This renewed popularity is in part because the titular contagion in the film, MEV-1, bears a resemblance to Covid-19. Both began in China, transmitted from bats to humans, and spread around the world at a dangerous speed. It feels like a prophetic film. …


Because we all need a bit of escapism

I’d usually do a top 10 movies of the year list in December, but last year was different, for obvious reasons. I still have my rundown of the best films I’ve seen in the last 12 months, but it’s just a quick list further down in this post. Instead, I’m going to go through some of the movies and shows that have kept me going this year, whether that’s because they were great comfort viewing, old adventures worth revisiting, riveting new releases or just a handful of other shows I’ve finally got around to catching up on. …

Simon Cocks

Former film and TV reviewer for Frame Rated, CultBox, ScreenAnarchy, MSN and more. Read my latest reviews at simonc.me.uk. Follow me on Twitter at @simoncocks.

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