All quiet on the western front…

I hope you all tuned in to, and enjoyed the Oscars.

It’s great to see my pick of the month for February ‘Parasite’ turned out to be the surprise winner in the headline categories including Best Director for Bong Joon Ho and Best Picture.

I also picked every film that was nominated for best picture in my picks of the month this year.

January and February are considered to be “the dead zone” for movie releases.

March is the beginning of the blockbuster season, so I have only one review this month.

My review of last month’s picks/out now

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey – 2/5 stars

DC comic’s latest offering a sequel/spin off to Suicide Squad picked Harley Quinn the Anti-Heroine to be the star of this movie.

Having high hopes for this movie, sadly it didn’t deliver for me. Aside from a few subtle references to the Batman lore, the film lacked a decent plot, poor characterisation and was repetitive in places with too many similar unnecessary action scenes.

This is a film to watch on the small screen or consigned to the dust of forgettable comic book movies.

Reviews by Matthew Farrelly

This month’s picks

Mulan: 12A

Yet another Disney live action remake of a successful animated film. Some criticism from mainstream critics that it’s a 12a rated film. I’m actually pleased that Disney is taking a bit of a risk on its potential box office to make what is more of a war film than a Disney princess movie. Expect large set piece battles which might actually add depth to what was essentially a very simple plot for the animated film.

Release Date: 27 March 2020

A Quiet Place Part II: 15

The sequel to one of the biggest horror films of 2018. The first film saw John Krasinski and Emily blunt trying to evade Alien’s hunting human beings by sound. The sequel is a direct continuation to what follows next. No giveaways in the trailers other than Cillian Murphy (Dunkirk, Batman Begins) joins the cast. Expect tension and a few “jump out of your seat” moments.

Release Date: 20 March 2020

Next month

I will be back next month with a bigger batch of releases to pick from.

I will be in Los Angeles next month at a film critic event and will hopefully return with a few snippets about the upcoming blockbusters this summer.

Reviews by Matthew Farrelly