Blade Runner 2049
Less than impressed by this uncalled for sequel; can’t really fault Ryan Gosling in the lead, or Denis Villeneuve’s direction – but there’s no story there, and it adds nothing of depth or bite to the original.
Gareth Edwards’ Seven Samurai-but-darker Star Wars sidequel, which succeeds in dirtying up the world, and sets things up for A New Hope perfectly. Great cast – Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn as the main baddie – and impressively grim ending.
Another enjoyable Grisham adaptation, this time helmed by Gary Fleder, whose not-exactly-exemplary CV includes Kiss The Girls. This time we’re focusing on thirtysomething gadabout John Cusack seemingly attempting to evade jury service in New Orleans as a case against a gun manufacturer implicated in a massacre cranks up. Absolute hogwash but entertaining. With Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven and Bruce McGill.