Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald does overindulge on the 'franchise' moments and is rather plot heavy at times but it generally casts a decent spell. Characters are well grounded and the tie-in to the 'Potter-verse' is well crafted and shows that the truly gifted J.K. Rowling still has what it takes.
A very mediocre attempt at reigniting the Millenium franchise, The Girl in the Spider's Web is void of passion, meaning and suspense. A dull and almost lifeless action movie that is a tremendous waste of talent. As a standalone film it's bad, but as a follow-up to a David Fincher movie, it's terrible.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a formulaic band movie that struggles to get Queen's story off the ground in an original and captivating way, but the Live Aid finale almost makes the whole thing worthwhile - it's that and Rami Malek's stupendous performance that save this film.
Halloween is an exhilarating and entertaining horror film that's not only one of the best recent slasher films, but the best outing in the franchise for a long time. Bloody good fun.
First Man is a refreshing take on a story we've heard a million times. It's an 'apollo movie' that's been stripped of its patriotism and heroics, and instead focuses on brutal realism and success through failure.
Under the Silver Lake is a wonderful and whimsical journey through the darker side of L.A. and the Hollywood dream. In the vein of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, but with a wicked sense of humour and a lovable young scruff at its centre.
Venom suffers from an infantile screenplay that this overqualified cast just doesn't deserve. Virtually every moment is teaming with face-palm. What happened here?