Film Reviews by Adam Ray Palmer

The Oscars are long gone now, the Summer is on the horizon… and that can only mean another Marvel film is fast-approaching. April sees a few independent movies hit the big screen, largely due to the major studios running scared of the inevitable box office smashing the Avengers flick will deliver… but anyway, let’s get into it…
Dragged Across Concrete
One of the best up and coming movie-writers is back this month with his latest brutal action-thriller, Dragged Across Concrete. S. Craig Zahler returns with his third feature film, after Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, that stars Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter. With critical acclaim back at the Venice Film Festival in September, Dragged Across Concrete follows two overzealous cops who get suspended from the force. They must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation. If you’re familiar with Zahler’s work, you know you’re in for a ferocious ride here, but totally satisfying all the same.
In cinemas: 19th April 2019
Eighth Grade
YouTuber and comedian Bo Burnham brings the world his directorial debut, Eighth Grade. After multiple Netflix comedy specials and 250 million views on YouTube, Burnham hits the big screen with his new coming-of-age drama. Eighth Grade follows an introverted teenage girl who tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. What ensues are moving yet comical sequences that wrap around a warm story that so many people can identify with. Bo’s direction is so authentic, and his writing is so relatable that many viewers have such high praise for his debut. Catch it while you can in the cinemas.
In cinemas: 26th April 2019
Avengers: Endgame
The finale is here. The Marvel gang are back for one last* outing in this particular series (let’s be honest, anything can happen in movie-land, so lets’ not rule out more films with this group). After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. Sounds simple right? Well with a rumoured run time of nearly three hours, I doubt it’s that simple to be honest. Spoilers for these films can get you in mega trouble, and so everything is on the downlow. Let’s just say, the saga so far has been great, and it will certainly go out on a high.
In cinemas: 25th April 2019
After Life
A quick mention for this beauty of a series. If you haven’t already, you must get on the After Life band wagon. It’s hilarious, it’s emotional, it’s side-splitting, it’s poignant – you get the message. Ricky Gervais (writer, director, producer, star, and probably even the cleaner) is at the top of his game here. I consumed all six episodes in one night, and I wish there were more already. I can’t think of another television writer working today who can make people laugh, cry and tell a heart-warming story in the space of 25 minutes – he truly is a genius. The premise of the series: after contemplating suicide when his wife dies, he decides to live long enough to punish the world for his wife’s death by literally saying and doing whatever he wants to. This is certainly a series you don’t want to miss out on when everyone around you is talking about it. You know what to do, peeps.
On Netflix worldwide now
See you next month, folks. Oh, and two more things… watch Game of Thrones’ last season and remember Mid 90s is out this month!