Beyond the outstanding technical triumphs of Edicius lies a well-crafted and well-executed story. If your only criticism of a short film is that you want more – as was my case – then you can rest assured that you’ve seen something truly special. If you come across the opportunity to see Edicius, do so immediately.
‘The Tape’ is the debut feature film by Martha Tilston. Not only does the celebrated singer-songwriter write, direct and star in its gripping and surprising story, but she also recorded its stunning soundtrack live on set. This is believed to be a UK first for a non-concert film, and the only time this has been done at all since Robert Altman’s ‘Nashville’ in 1975. The film and soundtrack are both out now.
Marvel’s Eternals is a film with many issues, partially redeemed by its final act. It’s riddled with flashbacks and infodumps that make it hard to get into, and also attempts to introduce a large, entirely new cast of characters that are hard to care about until the very end. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t big Marvel fans – but if you are, you should watch it at least once, because it sets a great deal up for the future of the Marvel universe, and it’s not quite as mediocre as the first half makes it seem. Make sure to stay until the very end, as there’s two post-credits scenes.
Dune can be somewhat confusing to follow, but is entirely worth seeing owing to it being an enthralling cinematic experience. There are quite a lot of things setup in this film, but if the inevitable second film is as well-made as this is, then the Dune film series has the potential to be an instant classic. If you have the opportunity, see it in cinemas in order to do it full justice.
Venom: Let there be Carnage is an adequate superhero film that’s improved upon the strength of its predecessor, but hasn’t yet resolved its weaknesses. It’s a worthwhile watch if you’re a particular fan of Tom Hardy’s, or you’d like to see the ups and downs of a surreal, quasi-romantic relationship between a man and the alien sharing his body. Make sure to stay for the post-credits scene.