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 energising watch with possibly one of the all-time great soundtracks. It's also keen to make a statement as Benjamin Cox discovers.
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 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 itself. 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 true 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.
After being dazzled by Christopher Nolan's latest feature 'Tenet', Benjamin Cox goes back to his breakout feature film and realises that Nolan is possibly the best director currently working anywhere. And has been for some time...
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...
With racial tensions being what they are in the US right now, this 2016 documentary from director Ava DuVernay is worryingly prescient and deeply uncomfortable to watch. For Benjamin Cox, though, that is precisely why you need to watch this...
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...
Vin Diesel's attempt at launching a comic book franchise of his own suffered the unfortunate luck of being released just a few weeks before society shut down due to the Coronavirus. But is this a diamond hidden in the rough? Benjamin Cox investigates.
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.
Thanks to the BBC iPlayer, a number of classic RKO films have been made available for UK viewers during lockdown. Benjamin Cox drops everything to catch probably the best of the bunch - a 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.
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 idea of sailing away might seem appealing right now in these days of quarantine but after watching this film, you might think twice. Benjamin Cox looks back at a genuine thriller, one which launched Kidman's career into the stratosphere.
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.
While the original was hardly a model of restraint, this all-action sequel is positively off the rails. But is it any good? Benjamin Cox prepares to endure another exercise in digital destruction...
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.
Challenged by one of his readers to not give an action movie two stars, Benjamin Cox gave this A-list action thriller a spin. And is delighted to report that this time, he really hasn't...
If you find yourselves stuck indoors with your children during these troubled times, now is as good a time as ever to catch up on all those classic family favourites you've somehow missed. And for Benjamin Cox, that means Pixar...
Was it coincidence that the film that brought Tom Hanks into mainstream attention was called 'Big'? Yes. However, the film itself is not to be overlooked as a distinctly adult Benjamin Cox now explains...
What started out as a poorly received and controversial adaptation of a Sol Yurick novel has now become the very definition of a cult classic. How did it happen and does it deserve to be? Benjamin Cox comes out to plaaaay...
The last Trek movie I've gotten around to watching is, ironically, the film that very nearly killed the franchise for a second time. But is it as bad as they say? Benjamin Cox runs a diagnostic to discover the truth.
Aardman Animation ditched their most famous characters Wallace and Gromit for this, their debut feature-length movie. Benjamin Cox gets in a flap about this family film that still manages to be a huge amount of fun.
Just a year before the Marvel Cinematic Universe began taking over the world, Sam Raimi's highly regarded Spider-Man trilogy would come to a shuddering halt. Benjamin Cox turns to the dark side to examine what went wrong.
Overcoming its silly premise with genuine tension and heavyweight performances throughout, this thriller went under the radar when it was first released. Better late than never, Benjamin Cox sets out to fly the flag for the film.
Continuing to enjoy the release of Studio Ghibli films on streaming services in the UK, Benjamin Cox finally manages to find the time to sit and enjoy this most epic of adventures and marvel at its majesty.
For a long time, Benjamin Cox doubted whether a Batman film could work without a Batman in sight. As it turns out, the answer is "Yes. Yes, you can..."
With the much-delayed third film finally getting a release, Benjamin Cox looks back at the last outing for mismatched cops Will Smith & Martin Lawrence. Should they have bothered or were they just making sure the new one was better?
To celebrate the arrival of Studio Ghibli to streaming services in the UK, Benjamin Cox decides to look back at the studio's defining picture - a family fantasy film that overwhelms with its charm and heart.
Can this film really be the best of all time, if the experts are to be believed? Benjamin Cox isn't convinced but that doesn't mean that the film shouldn't be excluded from the conversation...
To distract you from the possibility of a genuine apocalypse outside, why not stay in and watch this ridiculous example of a disaster movie - in every sense of the word? Benjamin Cox says "Armageddon outta here"...
So it comes to this - can JJ Abrams conclude not just the new trilogy but the entire saga to satisfy the rabid hunger of generations of fans? Or is the task beyond even him? Benjamin Cox jumps to lightspeed for the final time (apparently) to discover the truth.
The first attempt to capitalize on the success of Hugh Jackman's role in the X-Men films didn't exactly go according to plan. In fact, as Benjamin Cox now explains, it was one disaster after another.
Pixar's first film to flop at the box office, "The Good Dinosaur" should have been a winner on paper. So what went wrong? Benjamin Cox digs through some bones to see what happened.
To celebrate the end of the decade, as well as his recent 600th review, Benjamin Cox looks back at his personal best films of the past ten years. However, expect this to change by the time he reaches his 700th review!
This far-fetched action flick feels like a bone-headed throwback to the excesses of the late eighties and early nineties examples of the genre. Benjamin Cox can't quite believe his eyes.
With a career as lauded as the Coen Brothers have enjoyed, picking their greatest must surely be a challenge. Not so, says Benjamin Cox. In fact, there's no contest at all.
In 2017, we were treated to not one but two biopics about Winston Churchill. But while 'Darkest Hour' scooped up the plaudits, this film very much went under the radar despite having an equally powerhouse performance from its lead actor. Benjamin Cox takes a closer look.
This much-loved adventure from the mind of Steven Spielberg has managed to maintain its popularity through the years. But what is it that makes the film as good as it is? Benjamin Cox comes over all nostalgic.
This unfairly maligned sci-fi shooter from the mid-Nineties has since been superseded by the grittier 2012 adaptation. But believe it or not, there's a surprising amount of good in this film trying to get out. Benjamin Cox prepares to pass judgement.
After the world-shattering climax of 'Avengers: Endgame', Marvel decided to settle down with a more conventional outing for the ever-popular Wall Crawler. But is the magic starting to run out? Benjamin Cox checks out Spidey's latest film.
How do you follow a genuine piece of artwork like "WALL-E"? For Pixar, the only way was literally up! Benjamin Cox takes time out to enjoy a bright and emotionally draining adventure that had a tough act to follow...
After all the horror films he's watched over the past few weeks, Benjamin Cox wanted nothing more than a big dumb action movie to wash the taste away. Unfortunately, he should have known better...
Continuing his countdown to Halloween, Benjamin Cox sums up the courage to watch arguably one of the most successful horror films of recent years. But how does it stack up to the revered TV mini-series from back in the day? Time to get freaky...
The King might not be dead and is actually engaged in a battle with the undead? Now that's what I call a premise! Benjamin Cox looks at a true cult classic, an indie horror comedy that is much better than its low budget suggests.
Turns out that Batman is the only superhero with a dark side to him as this literal Hellspawn returns to Earth to dispense some justice, Satan-style. Benjamin Cox examines this action horror flick and isn't quite sure what to make of it.
Continuing his Halloween prep by indulging in horror movies, Benjamin Cox delves into this recent chiller that wowed critics and audiences alike with its mix of tension, fear and horrible silence. Well, mostly...
Continuing to delve into the horror genre in the run-up to Halloween, Benjamin Cox decides that a liberal dose of action and a violent twist midway through makes things much more interesting. Case in point, this modern cult smash...
It's October (at the time of writing) so it's time for Benjamin Cox to throw himself into one of his least favourite genres - the horror film. Hopefully, the others he'll watch will be considerably better than this tosh.
Supposedly the last entry in the Rambo series, this fourth film would be followed by a fifth film in 2019. Regardless, this ultra-violent outing for Stallone's anti-hero would be a throwback to his Eighties heyday. Benjamin Cox, however, isn't impressed.
While researching a forthcoming article about the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, Benjamin Cox figured it would be remiss if he didn't discuss one of the most famous films of all time - a film whose soundtrack would define its generation.
The film that not only popularised the mockumentary but came to define it - Rob Reiner's classic love letter to rock and metal bands remains just as funny as it ever was. Benjamin Cox goes to eleven to explain why.
Not since 'Shrek' had a film come along to challenge Pixar's dominance in the CG market. Benjamin Cox looks back at a franchise-spawning hit that narrowed the gap between Pixar and their chief opposition, Dreamworks Animation.
Luc Besson's electric action thriller 'Nikita' gets an A-list American remake. But has something been lost in its journey across the Atlantic? Benjamin Cox bemoans a wasted opportunity.
This classic film noir not only inspired a number of remakes but remains a seminal film of the genre. Luckily, it's also in the public domain so Benjamin Cox doesn't feel so bad watching it online.
Back when his company was still in its relative infancy, Walt Disney produced one of the most ground-breaking, experimental and enthralling animations the world had ever seen. Benjamin Cox finds the traditional Disney magic strong here.
This classic legal drama still stands the test of time as well as it breaks with conventions with regards to how criminal cases are depicted on screen. Benjamin Cox delivers his verdict.
After being blown away by the second film, Benjamin Cox wasn't going to miss the sequel he never knew he needed. But can the high expectations be reached or will he be disappointed?
This culture-clash sports comedy remains hugely popular years after its release. But should it? Benjamin Cox works hard not to say "beer can" in this review.
It's that time again when men drive their cars fast and women are forced into playing shameless eye-candy once again. Benjamin Cox wonders how much is left in the tank of this still-popular franchise.
Finally finding a signature movie role, Rowan Atkinson's spy spoof is definitely the best movie ever... based on a credit card commercial. Benjamin Cox explains.
One of the seminal movies of the eighties remains an engrossing and entertaining watch despite some less-than-stellar sequels and reboots. Who you gonna call? Benjamin Cox, of course!
After 11 years and 22 movies, Marvel finally decides to brings things to a conclusion. But what hope is there after the MCU-altering events of the previous film and what lies ahead for our favourite characters? Benjamin Cox reveals all in a spoiler-free way, naturally.
For once, Benjamin Cox watches a film that has been recommended to him. Possibly because he's a sucker for in-film references and nerd culture. Question is, were they right to do so?
A sunny and very handsome trip back to the late nineties in a high school is an unlikely setting for a Shakespearean comedy but it kinda works, for the most part. Benjamin Cox enters stage left and takes a bow.
With another reboot on the way, it's time to re-examine why the first reboot crashed and burned. Benjamin Cox would like to fully throttle whoever was at fault for this noisy and explosive turkey.
Star Clint Eastwood and director Sergio Leone laid the foundations for the spaghetti western with this iconic rip-off of a Japanese classic. But frankly, who cares? Benjamin Cox saddles up once again.
A low budget and lurid B-movie from the Forties might seem an unlikely Hollywood stand-out but the picture has come to be regarded as a seminal horror picture. Benjamin Cox always preferred dogs for a reason.
A film about evil bankers released as the financial crash of 2008 still echoed around should have been a winner. But audiences stayed away despite one of the best action sequences of any film coming halfway through. Benjamin Cox wonders why this didn't do better.
Welcome to the film! Please ensure your phone is switched off and your intelligence has been left at the foyer. Benjamin Cox can feel his IQ slipping into double digits again...
Desperately hoping to break the 'curse' of odd-numbered Star Trek movies, "Insurrection" works hard but ultimately fails. Benjamin Cox explains why.
Scorsese's original Mafia picture takes the fight to Francis Ford Coppola and manages to last the distance. Benjamin Cox takes a look back at a film that is still setting the standard for gangster films after all these years.
Possibly the worst American remake of a French film ever, this movie is about as funny as falling down stairs. Despite talented performers, the film is an absolute car crash with no survivors. Benjamin Cox calls the police.
Peter Fonda cemented his place in cinema history with his career-defining performance in a film which depicted America at a cultural crossroads. Benjamin Cox gets his motor running and heads out on a highway.
With climate change ever present on the political agenda, what are the consequences for ignoring the warnings? Perhaps this film has the answer although Benjamin Cox suggests you might want to hold up before watching this.
Some itches can only be scratched by a good, old-fashioned action movie. Luckily, this is one of the best. Benjamin Cox can't believe how much he enjoyed this blistering blitzkrieg of bullets!
The much-maligned third X-Men movie is not as bad as you may have heard, just not as good as the first two. Benjamin Cox presents his argument to the court.
Breaking news: Will Ferrell's news-based comedy is a real blast of supreme silliness! Benjamin Cox talks to us live now from the scene...
Crossing off another film he should have already seen by now, Benjamin Cox settles down to watch one of the most beloved sports movies in history. The question is, is it still champ or has it been knocked down early?
Washington has some serious fun in a rare bad guy role that finally earned him his Best Actor Oscar. Benjamin Cox looks back at a compulsive and gripping thriller that stands up well today.
Having recently declared "The Wrestler" as the best pro-wrestling movie in history, it's time for Benjamin Cox to examine the credentials of the Number One Contender. Fight!
The film that finally got John Wayne his Oscar. Has this film been overlooked since the release of a remake in 2010? Benjamin Cox fills his hands and ride off to battle the naysayers.
This mostly forgotten horror is a laughable mash-up of poor performances, an incoherent story-line and dimly lit scenes with cringe-worthy dialogue. Benjamin Cox has been more scared by Halloween trick-or-treaters.
In a desperate bid to keep cool in this summer's excessive heatwave, Benjamin Cox finally catches up with this - a franchise-spawning animation that has since become a global phenomenon. Trouble is, he's still too hot!
The conclusion to Tarantino's blood-soaked tribute to martial arts films is just as epic and engaging as the first film but now delivers a touch more exposition. Benjamin Cox likes what he sees very much.
John Carpenter's grasp of horror wasn't just limited to serial killer Michael Myers. This snow-bound splatterfest redefined horror in the early eighties as well as broke new ground in the effects department. Benjamin Cox grabs his flame-thrower and prepares to light it up.
Can Hollywood still produce an intelligent science fiction film instead of a typically witless "sci-fi" movie? Perhaps as this movie offers a bit more than meets the eye. Benjamin Cox explains.
This noisy and explosive sequel bombarded fans with noise and also bombed with the critics. But is it as bad as they say? Benjamin Cox can't believe his ears... or eyes...
So after the chaos of 'Avengers: Infinity War', it appears that this previously unseen character is the key to it all. Benjamin Cox applauds Marvel for finally getting a female-led film out there but wonders why it took them so long.
In light of Tarantino's latest hitting the circuit, Benjamin Cox goes back to look at his electrifying directorial debut and wonders whether it's still worth a watch. Although he's keeping his ears covered up, obviously...
Long before Mad Max was tearing through the Outback, it was the setting for this disturbing and thought-provoking film by Nicolas Roeg. Benjamin Cox sets off on a remote and solitary adventure to investigate.
That bad mother... Shaft is back in another updating of the Blaxploitation icon and this time, he's bringing Junior along for the ride. The very white Benjamin Cox examines this recent revival but can't quite make up his mind.
Could the fifth instalment of this swashbuckling series really be the last we'll see of Jack Sparrow? Benjamin Cox fears that this ship may soon go under if this underwhelming effort is the shape of things to come.
Literature's most famous single lady burst onto the big screen in an all-star rom-com. But is it worth bothering with, especially if you're a middle-aged and overweight and male film critic? Benjamin Cox grabs a bottle of chardonnay and finds out.
Alfonso Cuarón's dreamy Latino road-trip oozes warmth, sexuality and passion. Benjamin Cox examines the film and sees several parallels with his later, more successful film 'Roma'.
It's been a while so perhaps it's time to delve once again into the Star Trek movies series and this first full mission for the Next Gen crew. Benjamin Cox beams up and prepares to stun.
Combining his secret admiration for pro wrestling with movies, this is the film where Mickey Rourke demonstrated his wasted potential as a genuine Hollywood genius. Benjamin Cox gets his hair wet and prepares to blade.
The Jackass boys returned for what would become their final big-screen outing for their trademark brand of stunts, pranks and obscenities. Benjamin Cox finds the experience a bit repetitive.
Gary Oldman finally secured his long overdue Best Actor award for his portrayal of Britain's war-time leader. But Benjamin Cox can't help but wonder if the film has as much to say about politics in Britain today.
Pythons Cleese and Palin reunite to deliver a delightfully old-fashioned crime caper that benefits from a sublime cast and an experienced director. Benjamin Cox dips his toe in the water to see what's what.
Not content with spoofing westerns, Mel Brooks turned his attention to classic horror with this parody film from 1974. But is this his best picture? Benjamin Cox throws the switch and gets electrocuted.
Before he came back as The Terminator, Schwarzenegger reprised Hollywood's biggest beefcake Conan in a more light-hearted but still violent sequel. Benjamin Cox rolls for initiative.
With a live-action remake just around the corner, what better time to go back to Disney's animated version which was made as the company was just coming back into form again. Benjamin Cox gets all nostalgic...
This charming and wonderfully old-fashioned movie harks back to the golden age of Hollywood and the battle between silent and sound films. Benjamin Cox can't keep being quiet about this largely silent smash for too long.
Long before she became a parody of herself, Gwyneth Paltrow had established herself as the American to portray a British woman. Benjamin Cox sticks his foot in the door to examine this gimmicky rom-com.
Finally, the film that launched a thousand spin-offs and remakes gets critically evaluated by Benjamin Cox's steely gaze. Trouble is, he always falls for a great femme fatale and "Nikita" is one of the best.
Mel Brooks' beloved western spoof remains as popular as it ever was, becoming one of his most cherished pictures. Benjamin Cox puts down the beans and never gives a film an even break!