This movie adaptation of a true story benefits from some tight direction, a remarkable story and one of my personal favourite actors given a rare leading role. Benjamin Cox looks back at a film that didn't quite manage to punch through
Adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this epic fantasy is wonderfully made but a little short on substance. Benjamin Cox looks back at a film that spends too long... errm, looking back.
Over 25 films and sixty years, the world of 007 has grown to become one of the most iconic franchises in cinema history. But not every character manages to make a lasting impact as Benjamin Cox now discusses.
The fourth entry in the long-running Thor saga feels more like an appendix than an effort in its own right, despite some first-class performances. Benjamin Cox can't help but feel a tad underwhelmed.
Rian Johnson's left-field murder mystery revival gets a sequel that's brighter, sunnier, funnier and just as enjoyable. Benjamin Cox invites you to a film that gets almost everything right.
The first of 14 occasions Basil Rathbone donned the famous deerstalker, this classic tale cemented the actor's claim to being the definitive Holmes on screen. Benjamin Cox opens the casebook for a look.
Dominated by the tragic and premature passing of star Chadwick Boseman, this hotly anticipated follow-up isn't afraid to show its feelings. Benjamin Cox examines a Marvel film very different from its bombastic stablemates.
While some film titles may get a little lost in translation, some of them are so utterly insane as to become unrecognisable. Benjamin Cox presents you with a selection of some of the best from around the world.
Few films have had the cultural impact this horror classic did when it was first released. But how does it stand up today? Benjamin Cox will never look at Rottweilers in the same way.
Sometimes, all a comedy needs to succeed is a quality script and two performers at the top of the game. Thankfully, this wintery farce is one of the best you'll see. Benjamin Cox can't praise it enough.
Twenty films that 'jumped the shark' for their respective franchise, either by flopping at the box office, being reviled by critics or dismissed by fans. Benjamin Cox wouldn't know what that's like...
Kicking off this year's rundown to Halloween is this high-concept thriller pitching two of cinema's classic villains against each other. Benjamin Cox didn't have much hope for it and was still disappointed.
The world of 007 is a confusing one with countless supporting characters working alongside him or trying to stop him. But which ones are the most memorable? Benjamin Cox takes a fond look back at some of the best.
Honestly, you wait for a great Spider-Man film involving multiverses and two come along at once - well, sort of. Benjamin Cox is once again mightily impressed with a film he wasn't expecting to enjoy as much.
The most famous couple in claymation history finally got their own movie in 2005, bringing their very English sense of humour to entertain families everywhere. Benjamin Cox happily settles down with an old friend.
Getting Hollywood's coolest man to play the part he was surely born to play is a recipe for a sure-fire hit, right? Well, not exactly. Benjamin Cox isn't sure if he can still dig it.
One of three Pinocchio's released in 2022, Disney's live-action remake of their much-loved classic lacks the charm and magic of the animated version. Benjamin Cox wishes this was a real film and not a cynical marketing ploy.
With the sudden and tragic passing of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Benjamin Cox looks back at her cultural impact in cinema - a legacy that covers comedy, drama and even action films.
This grim and bleak drama is enriched by quality throughout the cast, most notably Halle Berry's Oscar-winning performance. Benjamin Cox settles down for this often-uncomfortable acting masterclass.
The first adaptation of Raymond Chandler's classic novel, this timeless film noir makes the most out of its publicity-friendly leads. It's not enough to stop Benjamin Cox from getting a little confused, though.
Tom Holland's tenure as the Wall Crawler looks to be up but given the success he has had with Marvel at the helm, is it likely to truly be the end? Benjamin Cox thinks that if this is the end then there is probably no finer way to wrap it up.
Returning once again to the ever-expanding Wizarding World, Benjamin Cox begins to worry about how thin the magic is being spread as this talky sequel is a pale imitation of what went before.
With such a vast archive of material to choose from, this list took a long time to whittle down. Benjamin Cox looks back at the greatest musical moments from the House of Mouse - is your favourite here?
Penguins were seemingly everywhere in the mid 2000s but rarely were they as much fun as they were in this film. Time for Benjamin Cox to get his groove on!
How do you follow an all-time comedy classic? With a sequel that offers more of the same, of course - except this time, the laughs are harder to come by. Benjamin Cox can't help feel disappointed.
Just when he thought it was safe, Benjamin Cox is dragged back to JK Rowling's Potter-verse for this first entry in a new series of films. But is it worthy of the Boy Wizard's name or simple window-dressing?
Some films are too good to be a digital exclusive. Benjamin Cox examines this latest entry in the 'Predator' franchise and discovers a film that breathes new life into a long-stagnant character.
One of many collaborations between star John Wayne and director John Ford, this film is often hailed as one of the best examples of a western ever made. Benjamin Cox tries to discover why that is.
Pixar's fourth animated film was an imaginative blend of comedy, emotion, ambition and technical prowess. Benjamin Cox looks back at one of their very best and wonders why more people aren't talking about it.
Benjamin Cox heads off to Movie Fight Club and looks back at some films that were surprisingly similar to each other and works out which one ultimately prevails. FIIIIGHT!
This hair-brained comic caper could have been a career killer for Tom Hanks but somehow, he just about makes it work. Benjamin Cox digs up this guilty pleasure and has a proper look.
Not really having high hopes for this, Benjamin Cox is quite surprised to find a film that actually does right by its video-game origins. Could the tide be turning for game adaptations thanks to the legendary blue blur?
As the MCU still reels from the events of 'Endgame', some stories are far more personal than others. Benjamin Cox jumps into a strange and unusual outing for everyone's favourite magic user... and Doctor Strange.
This knuckle-dragging remake may not be smart but it is fun in spite of itself. Benjamin Cox suits up and heads for the field to deliver his verdict.
Released a few years before the likes of 'Star Wars', this low-budget creature feature feels as out-of-date as the dinosaurs that appear. But Benjamin Cox can't fault the film for a lack of ambition...
This much-loved franchise starter looks decidedly old-school these days but it still made a tonne of money. Benjamin Cox looks back and wonders if it's still worth a watch today.
Here is a film that nobody knew they wanted until they released it. Benjamin Cox is wondering why a film exclusive to Disney's streaming service is far better than it has any right to be.
Twenty-five years since its initial release, this series starter remains popular but what is it that justifies such acclaim? Benjamin Cox would like to tell you but will have to erase your memory afterwards.
This old-fashioned romantic fantasy brings a touch of class to the rom-com and remains one of its greatest examples. Benjamin Cox reaches for a box of tissues for this one.
Written by the Wachowskis and directed by the guy behind 'Lethal Weapon'? Sounds like a recipe for a prime piece of action. But as Benjamin Cox soon discovers, this particular beefcake is rather undercooked.
Returning at this year's Cannes with the audacious 'Crimes Of The Future', David Cronenberg has long been shocking audiences with his trademark body-horror. Benjamin Cox looks back and tries not to lose his head.
The antithesis to countless film award shows, the Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies shows no signs of slowing down. Benjamin Cox counts down the most prolific 'winners' in the show's history so far.
This much-derided effort defied the critics and ended up becoming wildly successful at the box office. So is it a genuine rebel or more of an easy rider? Benjamin Cox has the answers.
This fondly remembered Ealing comedy marked the beginning of a boom period for the studio. But how does the film stand up all these years later? Benjamin Cox is stunned to find the film is remarkably relevant in this post-Brexit era.
Covering all the roles in the first three Phases, Marvel have brought us a cavalcade of memorable characters - but which one is the coolest? Benjamin Cox whittles a long list down to just twenty...
Stallone's take on 'Beverly Hills Cop' was to remove the comedy, increase the violence and make it much darker. Unfortunately, he was wrong. Benjamin Cox gets his fangs out for this mid-Eighties tosh.
It's a shame that one of Ang Lee's best pictures was overshadowed by the storm of controversy it created. Benjamin Cox looks back at a much under-rated gem of a film.
Upsetting the odds at this year's BAFTAs, Joanna Scanlan's award-winning performance in Aleem Khan's low-budget indie drama was a real feel-good moment. Benjamin Cox was intrigued enough to track the film down...
It was inevitable that Rocky would return, given the first film's success. But does he have enough for a second round? Benjamin Cox rings the bell for Round Two!
Much like the men in this film, somehow this movie had escaped my attention until recently. Benjamin Cox finally catches up with this classic war adventure.
Ridley Scott returns to the series that made him a household name with this spiritual prequel to 'Alien'. But is it another sci-fi horror flick or something much deeper? Benjamin Cox explains all.
Finally securing Kate Winslet her acting Oscar, this emotional blend of romance and legal drama caused quite a stir when it first came out. Benjamin Cox looks back at a film that tries very hard to do too much.
There are many stories of unexplained phenomena behind some of your favourite films but how many are real or just cheap marketing? Benjamin Cox guides you through some truly horrifying tales...
This Bob Fosse-inspired stage adaptation has all the razzle-dazzle you could ever wish for. But Benjamin Cox, it isn't a question of quality but more one of taste as he now explains.
This French production featured Jet Li in one of his earliest English-speaking roles. But while his fellow star Jackie Chan found success, Li struggled to get across with audiences the same way. And Benjamin Cox thinks he may know why...
Arguably the film that put a spotlight on Korean cinema, Park Chan-wook's extreme thriller delivers thrills and twists in a way that we rarely see these days. Benjamin Cox just feels sad for the octopus.
Blake Edwards' comic crime caper stood out for several reasons, not least was the debut of cinema's favourite clumsy cop Clouseau. Benjamin Cox thinks you'll be tickled pink by this theatrical farce.
A little while ago, Benjamin Cox set himself the challenge of ranking the best James Bond themes. After much listening, he presents his findings here - for your eyes only (actually, everybody's eyes - I need the hits!)
Based on actual events, this lavish costume drama may be a bit of Oscar-bait but it fundamentally works as a human interest story. Benjamin Cox was suitably impressed.
This timeless English farce has become one of the landmark pictures produced at Ealing Studios. But why is it still so well regarded, even in the face of a modern remake? Benjamin Cox takes a look.
Looking and feeling like a legitimate film noir, this steamy thriller saw a sparkling debut from one Kathleen Turner. Benjamin Cox gets hot under the collar bringing you his assessment.
With hype building for a long-awaited sequel, Benjamin Cox looks back at the original - and can't quite see what all the fuss was about.
With the Avengers going their separate ways, Marvel gives us another team of super-powered heroes to enjoy. Unfortunately, Benjamin Cox isn't quite sure they've managed to pull it off.
What appears to be a fluffy rom-com is actually a disturbing expose into Hollywood gender bias and looks even more outdated in the current climate. Benjamin Cox can't quite believe it.
It's often sad to see how a once-great franchise stumbles on in the quest for ever diminishing box office returns. Benjamin Cox tries to scream in frustration in space but can't.
The first film, while not exactly a classic, certainly had its fans. This second outing, however, completely botches the job and nearly killed the franchise on the spot. Benjamin Cox pleads for mercy.
Billy Wilder's classic film noir isn't just one of the best examples of the genre but also one of the very best films about Hollywood itself. And unlike Benjamin Cox, it's not showing its age in any way at all.
Werner Herzog's best known feature film is an assault on your expectations as well as your senses. But try not to watch it if you're feeling a little low as Benjamin Cox now explains.
Even when he is in crowd-pleasing mode, Akira Kurosawa's historical comic adventure would prove to be hugely influential to a young George Lucas, making it one of the most important films ever made. So why hasn't it the same stature as his more famous films?
The 'actors acting for real' trope has been recycled a number of times but rarely as bombastic as it is here. Benjamin Cox touches down and goes into battle once again.
Steven Seagal has been much maligned as a leading man over the years, but perhaps his distant debut is different? Benjamin Cox approaches this with an open mind and is mildly surprised.
What was it about the Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune that made him an internationally recognised star? This documentary might not have all the answers, but that doesn't stop Benjamin Cox from recommending it.
With 'Uncharted' the latest film to adapt video games into a cinematic experience, Benjamin Cox looks back at the best efforts so far. Surely they can't all be that bad... can they?
Nostalgia can be a cruel mistress sometimes. One day, your favourite film when you were a kid becomes a bitter disappointment now you're older. Benjamin Cox prepares to tee off.
More than twenty years after its initial release, this Japanese action horror has lost none of its potency to shock. But is it still relevant? Benjamin Cox takes a look and likes what he sees.
Whoopi Goldberg's follow-up to her debut in 'The Color Purple' was an uneven Cold War comedy that failed to set the world alight. Benjamin Cox looks back at this badly dated and bizarre career choice.
While this film doesn't quite work, it does capture the horror and sheer magnitude of what these people experienced and endured. Benjamin Cox reviews the film from the comfort of his cosy office.
If you think this is simply an indie version of subversive superhero smash 'Kick-Ass' then think again. James Gunn's early outing directing superheroes is a dark and disturbing comic thriller, one Benjamin Cox talks about here.
You may be tempted to spend this Valentines Day on a movie with your partner watching a movie. Benjamin Cox says that whatever you do, don't choose to watch this one because it's a complete waste of time.
This CG adaptation of a much loved children's story not only introduced a new franchise for Sony Pictures but also gave us maverick directing duo Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Benjamin Cox prepares to tuck in.
Back before Dwayne became the biggest action star in the world, he was known as professional wrestler The Rock and this is one of his first starring roles. But is there anything else noteworthy about this action comedy? Benjamin Cox is drawing a blank.
The logical starting point for any Narnia film series, this film is everything it needed to be. So why did the proposed franchise fail to ignite? Benjamin Cox rummages through his wardrobe to discover the truth.
Pixar's unusual concepts continued with this bizarre comedy involving a rat becoming a chef vicariously in a restaurant in Paris. Talk about a tough sell! Benjamin Cox orders seconds...
Before 'The Crown', there was 'The Queen'. Benjamin Cox takes a look back at the original dramatization of life behind palace walls and wonders how close to the truth this lauded effort actually was.
This dramatic reconstruction of the secret work at Bletchley Park had its detractors, but it's saved by a masterful performance from its lead star. Benjamin Cox concentrates on the enigma that is 'The Imitation Game'.
Just because action can be big, dumb fun doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable as well. And they don't come much bigger or dumber than this camp, cult classic which has aged about as well as its stars. Benjamin Cox goes back to the future.
One of the first of his films to feature him as the star, this Jean-Claude Van Damme street-fighting action film is your typical dumb martial arts trash from the early Nineties. Benjamin Cox is not impressed...
Kurosawa's classic has been called the best Japanese film ever, the birth of the modern action movie and some say, one of the best movies of all time. Surely Benjamin Cox isn't swayed by such hyperbole?
A cynical attempt by Marvel to cater to an untapped market? A shameless attempt to improve the diversity of its lead characters? Benjamin Cox had his doubts but isn't ashamed to admit when he's wrong.
Is this a bloody vampire shocker or touching romantic drama? This stark Swedish film can legitimately claim to be both and Benjamin Cox is very impressed indeed.
Michael Mann's heralded heist film has been hugely influential over the years but is often forgotten when discussing some of the best films of the Nineties. Why is that? Benjamin Cox takes a look.
The first was a left-field alternative to the sanitised Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this laboured sequel feels out of ideas and insulting to its audience. Benjamin Cox ponders where it all went wrong.
Disney could hardly do wrong in the mid-2010s, and this aquatic adventure proves that they were back in a big way. Benjamin Cox slaps on the sunblock for this sunny and gorgeous family fantasy.
Akira Kurosawa's breakthrough hit didn't just bring him to international recognition but shone on a light on Japanese cinema as a whole. Quite a claim for any film, but Benjamin Cox reckons that such a reputation is deserved, for once.
The biggest animated TV show in history took its sweet time transferring to the big screen - in fact, it took them so long that the show was considered long past its prime by many. Benjamin Cox examines whether this is doing the film a disservice or was such sentiment justified.
With Kenneth Branagh's much-delayed adaptation of 'Death On The Nile' due for release soon, Benjamin Cox looks back at his first appearance as Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective. Can he breathe new life into a stale product?
DreamWorks Animation continues their pursuit of Pixar's standards with this Asian-flavoured cutesy adventure. But for all its strengths, the film struggles to stand out as Benjamin Cox discovers.
Danny Boyle's breakthrough picture is a tough, depressing look at the lives of heroin junkies in Edinburgh - but one with a killer soundtrack, genuinely black humour and a cast to die for. Benjamin Cox thinks he may be addicted.
Some roles are intrinsically linked to certain actors. However, they often weren't necessarily the first choice. Benjamin Cox looks at how different film history may have been if these stars hadn't said no to a part.
South Korea has been becoming the dominant force in Asian cinema, generating increasing amounts of attention internationally and especially when this film won the Best Picture Oscar. Benjamin Cox dips his toes into the water.
It's that time of year when the TV schedules are flooded with tonnes of films with a festive twist and not to be out-done, Disney's streaming service offers us this seasonal updating. Benjamin Cox frantically looks for the gift receipt.
One of the most cherished film musicals of all time, this sweeping romantic drama can't fail but sweep you up with its charm, timeless songs and genuine chemistry. But can it win over notorious cynic Benjamin Cox? What do you think?
Robert Rodriguez's long gestating adaptation of Frank Miller's series of graphic novels was well worth the wait. Benjamin Cox looks back at a revolutionary picture that promised much and ultimately delivered.
Predicting the future can be a tricky business, especially in the movies. But just sometimes, they happen to get things right! Benjamin Cox goes all Nostrodamus and looks back at some predictions made in films that actually happened.
This all-action, Bond parody bears all the hallmarks of its director - cartoony violence, comic dialogue and working class heroes coming good. So why does it underwhelm as much as it does, asks Benjamin Cox.
James Cameron's follow-up to the blockbusting 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' was another blockbusting action thriller but with more giggles. Can it too stand the test of time? Benjamin Cox tells the truth and nothing but the truth.
Nearly fifty years after its release, this film is still revered by many as the scariest film of all time. But why is that and is this claim justified? Luckily, Benjamin Cox doesn't suck anything in Hell...
With much anticipation and plenty of great review, this epic sci-fi finally arrives on the big screen. But for someone who has never read the book, can the film bring Benjamin Cox on board with its scope, visuals and atmosphere?
Kurosawa's breakout film was arguably the first post-war yakuza film made in Japan, but it lacks much of the director's typical scope and focuses instead on its characters much more. Benjamin Cox takes an intrigued look.
This film has been unfortunately overshadowed by events beyond its control, both when it was released and tragically much later. Benjamin Cox speaks out to tell you about this oft-forgotten thriller.
Forget the sequels, prequels, spin-offs and remakes - this iconic horror classic is every bit as terrifying as its reputation suggests. Benjamin Cox peeps through his fingers enough to bring you his review...
Largely responsible for the rom-com boom of the nineties, this fairy-tale romance feels like an updated version of "My Fair Lady" but with fewer songs. Benjamin Cox drove all night to deliver his verdict.
The sequel to unpolished gem 'Underworld' delivers even more style over substance as the war between vampire and werewolf wages on. Benjamin Cox rises from the dead to look back at this disappointing follow-up.
Whenever Hollywood tries to make a good B-movie, things invariably go wrong. Benjamin Cox has had it with this monkey fighting film on his Monday-to-Friday screen!
After all this time, Marvel finally pull their finger out and release a solo Black Widow entry in their Cinematic Universe. But have they left it too late after the character's fate in 'Avengers: Endgame'? Benjamin Cox reveals all...
With Halloween approaching, families will be looking for a horror movie that everyone will enjoy. This isn't it - only the strongest of stomachs need apply for this brutal J-horror thriller from Takashi Miike. Benjamin Cox reaches for a bucket...
This Stallone vehicle may be little more than 'Die Hard on a mountain' but if it ain't broke, why try and fix it? Benjamin Cox gets his crampons and looks back at a big, dumb action picture that's actually quite fun.
Bond is back for his biggest ever assignment - saving cinema itself in this post-pandemic landscape. But is it a task too much even for him? Benjamin Cox tells all in his spoiler-free review.
John Carpenter's follow-up to his trippy sci-fi film 'Dark Star' was a gritty urban thriller with more than a hint of the western about it. Benjamin Cox settles down for this aging B-movie that suggested Carpenter's stock as a director was about to rise.
This low budget, indie effort makes up for its financial limitations with plenty of heart, soul and positivity. Benjamin Cox has been waiting patiently to see this for some time and is glad he did...
Having high hopes for this film, Benjamin Cox can't help but feel a little underwhelmed by this fun but undemanding family film.
Benjamin Cox finally revisits one of his all-time favourites and is delighted to find that it remains arguably Luc Besson's best film. But how does it stand up to today's standards for action cinema?
How can a Mad Max film be so well received by the critics? Can an all-out action film ever really be a five-star classic? Benjamin Cox had his doubts - before they were blown completely out of the water.
Easily the best thing about the first Lego movie, Will Arnett's Batman is given his own spin-off. And Benjamin Cox feels that, in its own way, this could be one of the very best Batman films he has ever seen...
The film industry was dismissive of Walt Disney's attempts to produce a feature-length animated film, dubbing it "Disney's Folly". Benjamin Cox thinks they may have regretted those words after seeing the finished product.
It's been a while since Benjamin Cox spent any time with the cinematic mutant supergroup, so he figured it was time for a catch-up. Trouble is, it feels as though he has missed out on something...
This musical documentary about the almost forgotten 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival is an energizing watch with possibly one of the all-time greatest soundtracks. It's also keen to make a statement as we will discover.
With anticipation building for the forthcoming next instalment, what better time is there to revisit the film that recently reclaimed the title of Biggest Film In History? Time for Benjamin Cox to join the Blue Man Group...
Coming towards the end of Disney's so-called dark period, was this the film that sparked the company's renaissance in the late Eighties or another costly flop? Benjamin Cox is on the case.
While not the first Spaghetti western or the best, Sergio Corbucci's violent film became a lightning rod for controversy and inspired countless other filmmakers to follow in his footsteps. Benjamin Cox reloads and shoots from the hip.
Often cited as the greatest British film of all time, Carol Reed's film-noir mystery remains as amazing a watch as it has ever been. Benjamin Cox happily introduces you to a thriller of real class.
With a dynamite pairing at the centre of this complicated rom-com, this film should have been explosive. Sadly, Benjamin Cox thinks this film is actually a bit of a dud.
After a century, this landmark picture remains the genesis for so many imitators that followed. But what makes it so special? Benjamin Cox wakes up and investigates.
Few would argue that Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' is one of the greatest psycho horrors ever made, but is it something more abstract? Benjamin Cox peels back the shower curtain and isn't sure what to make of it.
It might not be Christmas but it sure feels like turkey time! The film that almost ruined the career of M. Night Shyalaman, this wretched anime adaptation is widely hailed as one of the worst films ever and Benjamin Cox is inclined to agree.
Jennifer Lawrence teams up with her namesake Francis in this Cold War-flavoured spy thriller. Unfortunately, there isn't as much to it as there was in their 'Hunger Games' collaborations. Benjamin Cox struggles to stay awake for this one.
As amazing as it seems today, expectations were low for this modest pop exploitation film. But Benjamin Cox discovers that it actually proved to be one of the greatest examples of such ever seen.
Just four years after the release of the legendary sci-fi epic 'Metropolis', Fritz Lang then gave birth to another cinema trope: the serial killer thriller. And as Benjamin Cox discovers, it still has the ability to shock and awe its audience today.
Sometimes, a good old-fashioned action thriller just can't be beat. And while this may borrow some themes from a more recognisable film franchise these days, Benjamin Cox has a lot of time for this under-rated effort.
Akira Kurosawa's classic samurai film celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021 and is rightfully hailed as one of the director's very best films. Benjamin Cox is still trying to work out who Jimbo is.
On paper, this should be a blast but on the screen, the combined talents of Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson can't save the film from almost tanking. So what went wrong? Benjamin Cox uses less than 10% of his brain to explain.
Mockumentaries can be great fun, if they are done properly. But what happens when they are not? Allow Benjamin Cox to present Exhibit A...
Given that arguably Japan's biggest cinematic export is mixing it up with King Kong, Benjamin Cox decided to re-examine the big lad's journey on his recent foray into western cinema. Nobody mention the 1998 version, ok?
Vin Diesel's second favourite character, if film franchise entries are anything to go by, returns for a bloated and uninspired sci-fi epic that fails to improve on the character's humble origins. Benjamin Cox sets phasers to kill for this one.
So you liked 'Hero' then, did you? Looking for another martial arts epic with dazzling visuals and an engrossing story? Benjamin Cox looks back at one of the prettiest films he's ever seen and wonders where such films can go from here.
Dolph Lundgren cast as the most powerful man in the universe sounds like good business - on paper. In reality... not so much. Benjamin Cox looks back at a cult classic that somehow overcame budget limitations and critical hostility.
The third and final Naked Gun film had a lot to live up but if anyone can make a film funny, it's Leslie Nielsen. Benjamin Cox looks back at the end of one of his favourite franchises - Pizza Express.
Remember that phase in the Noughties when old TV shows were revamped for movies? Well, this is the one that brought things to a juddering halt. Benjamin Cox prepares to smash his stake through this film's heart, if he can find it.
Some films just need no introduction. Benjamin Cox looks back at a much loved classic to examine why no other film version can hold a candle to this one. If only he had a brain...
Salvaging her role from the disappointing 'Suicide Squad', Margot Robbie brings us the anarchic and disturbed Harley Quinn back for a second go. And once again, she isn't alone. Benjamin Cox goes back to Gotham to investigate.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Richard Roundtree's iconic character proved a milestone for African-American representation in cinema. Benjamin Cox can dig it!
As awards season rolls around again, who are some of those who should have picked up an award before now? Some of these names might surprise you, given their talent, popularity or standing in the industry as Benjamin Cox now explains.
A film from the mind of Michael Crichton and using the same effects team as 'Jurassic Park' should be a recipe for success, right? Alas, this jungle romp fails to entertain in the way it intended. Benjamin Cox tries not to laugh too hard.
Disney's first dog-based animation has become one of cinema's most beloved romance stories. But does it stand up to today's competition or is it a bit of a dog's dinner? Benjamin Cox is unleashed...
Hayao Miyazaki's most personal film is a bewildering delight with dazzling visuals, imagination to spare and a wonderful soundtrack. But is it a match for the other Studio Ghibli films Benjamin Cox has seen?
Much like the discovery at its heart, this unassuming drama from Netflix is something of a buried treasure. Benjamin Cox gets dirty—and back to his roots—and takes a look.
It's safe to say that 'Die Hard' has inspired more than a few imitators over the years - including this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle. Benjamin Cox gets onto the ice to examine this explosive but derivative effort.
As controversial as ever, Quentin Tarantino's first western is an ultra-violent and bloody affair that demands your respect and attention. Benjamin Cox likes the way you subscribe, boy!
Combining public health information with the recklessness of 'Jackass,' Morgan Spurlock's insightful documentary remains a vital and relevant watch today. Benjamin Cox orders up a second helping.
Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' gets another English-language remake, albeit one a bit more official than 'A Fistful Of Dollars'. But with such an iconic movie as inspiration, can this live up to expectations? Benjamin Cox reloads and takes aim.
As CG began heralding a new dawn in film-making in the early nineties, Jim Carrey's manic performance demonstrated exactly what the technology could be capable of. Benjamin Cox looks back at the green-faced goon's first outing - smokin'!
A film based on a board game might not be the nuttiest concept in Hollywood but it did give us a truly cult classic in the form of this somewhat experimental picture. Benjamin Cox does the old 'good cop, bad cop' routine.
You'd think after two movies they'd learn not to go back but here we are again! Benjamin Cox digs deep into this less-heralded third trip back to Dinosaur Island and realises there isn't much more than old bones left.
Widely considered one of the better films of his career, Elvis struck gold with the natural pairing of The King and Sin City. But there is also genuine chemistry with his leading lady, as Benjamin Cox discovers.
With the remarkable success of spin-off TV series 'Cobra Kai', Benjamin Cox-san wondered what it was about the original film that makes it still so popular among audiences. Turns out that this is more than just 'Rocky' in pyjamas.
It's that most wonderful time of the year (again), so it's time to dust off some festive favourites, starting with this typically Muppet interpretation of Dickens' timeless novel. Benjamin Cox looks back at an odd but much-loved version of the ultimate festive film.
Alden Ehrenreich has the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of one of cinema's most charming rogues. Is he up to the task? Benjamin Cox fires up his engines and punches warp to investigate.
Forget your dusty Agatha Christie adaptations because Rian Johnson brings the old-fashioned murder mystery back up to date - by harking back to dusty Agatha Christie adaptations. Benjamin Cox explains.
Eastwood's triumphant return to America after finding success with Sergio Leone finds him on familiar territory as a vengeful lawman in the Old West. Benjamin Cox swings by to revisit this classic Western.
Forget the sequel because this seminal Eighties hit is still well worth a watch. Benjamin Cox grabs his Ray-Bans, plugs his amp in and settles back for possibly the craziest musical ever filmed.
The perennial sci-fi classic by HG Wells has been scaring us witless since it was first published in 1898. But does the most recent film version do it justice or does it ride roughshod over the original? Benjamin Cox hunkers down in his basement.
John Carpenter's cult classic may not have been the first slasher film but it did inspire countless imitators and filmmakers to follow suit. Benjamin Cox decides to stay in and not answer the door.
It's October so Benjamin Cox finds himself diving into one of his least favourite film genres - horror - in time for Halloween. But unlike the endless slasher films he's faced with, this soapy romantic fantasy defies expectation.
Is this ingenious psycho-thriller worth the watch? Here is Benjamin Cox's review of Christopher Nolan's first breakout feature film as director.
Still riding high after her career making performance in 'Basic Instinct,' Sharon Stone followed up one erotic thriller with another. Talk about typecasting! Benjamin Cox thinks lightning is unlikely to strike twice...
Critically reviled and losing more money than a Donald Trump casino, this attempted reboot of a troublesome franchise was dead on arrival. But why is it so bad? Benjamin Cox conducts another autopsy.
Rare is the film that gives Benjamin Cox an adrenaline rush immediately after viewing. And it's not just because COVID-19 had kept him waiting for this masterpiece from Christopher Nolan...
The first female-led superhero film in years, this movie proved once and for all that such films could be successful at the box office. But is it any good? Benjamin Cox spins around quickly for a costume change and takes a look.
MIssing this space-set thriller in cinemas, Benjamin Cox wasn't about to make the same mistake twice when he bought it on home release. Trouble is, some films are meant to be watched on a big screen...
Released on Netflix in 2016 during the middle of racial tensions in the United States, this documentary is deeply uncomfortable to watch. But that aspect is why '13th' is a must-see film.
Hollywood's greatest detective is back for another case. We're truly sorry about that. Benjamin Cox calls his partner for back-up.
Given how massively popular this film has become on Netflix since the global lockdown, one would assume that it's a quality product. Of course, Benjamin Cox knows all too well that that's not the way things work...
Is this sci-fi flavoured shooter a diamond in the rough? Here's my review of Vin Diesel's attempt at launching a comic book franchise of his own.
Perhaps now more than ever, this earnest look at the life of abolitionist William Wilberforce is required viewing for school children as well as less enlightened folk. Benjamin Cox is sad that this story is still relevant, centuries later.
Marvel made a belated final attempt to make a decent Punisher movie before they stuck him in a TV show. But was it third time lucky or did this crash and burn like the others? Fan of the character Benjamin Cox digs a little deeper.
The classic 1933 RKO film 'King Kong' is considered one of the greatest horror films of all time. But is it still worth watching today? Benjamin Cox looks back on the film that would change cinema forever.
This high-octane remake of a cult Seventies classic puts the pedal to the metal and goes full throttle for the entire running time. But is it any good? Benjamin Cox tries to shout above the engine revs.
"Dark Star," John Carpenter's directorial debut, may be a glorified student project but it bears many of his hallmarks that would become his signatures during a long and productive career. Benjamin Cox treats himself to a genuine cult curiousity...
The 1989 film 'Dead Calm' helped launch Nicole Kidman's career into the stratosphere. But is it worth watching? Benjamin Cox tries not to go overboard.
Emotionally devastating and unashamedly indulgent, Michael Camino's controversial Vietnam war film is as essential a watch as it ever was. Benjamin Cox is simply blown away by the film's brilliance.
This bombastic sequel to an equally silly action film is full of jingoism, digital destruction and foreign baddies shooting everything. Benjamin Cox is decidedly unimpressed.
While westerns aren't as popular as they were, some films manage to cling on to their audience via a stirring soundtrack, an A-list cast or a captivating story. And luckily for Benjamin Cox, this film has all three...
This camp, sci-fi thriller is a remarkably prescient blend of bloody action and sensationalist game-show. It is also the definition of a cult hit, one which Benjamin Cox looks back on with misty eyes.
What better for long days stuck with your family than one of the most singalong musical films of all time? Benjamin Cox slicks back his hair, checks his mirrors and will tell you more, tell you more...
Roman Polanski's film noir revival is a fantastic film to watch, looking and feeling every inch the genuine article. Benjamin Cox can only look on in wonder and awe.
It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, maybe not, but for many people, life in quarantine or self-isolation is not a lot of fun. So having been through the experience, Benjamin Cox has some films that you can sympathise with.
Even within the niche of video game adaptations, this lowest-common-denominator film is among the worst available to viewers. Benjamin Cox tries really hard to stifle his giggles.
With the launch Disney's much-anticipated streaming service in the UK, now is the time for families to come together and escape with some classic pieces of cinema. And for Benjamin Cox, a chance to get reacquainted with an old favourite of his...
Pixar have faced many competitors in the CG animation market over the years and this post-modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood offered something a little different. But was this a real challenge or a flash in the pan? Benjamin Cox investigates.
Seeking refuge from these troubled times, what better than the wondrous imagination of Japanese animation sensei Hayao Miyazaki? And of all of his fantastic films, Benjamin Cox believes that there are none finer than this masterpiece.