Kieran Judge

‘Sherlock Jr.’ at 100 – Review - Buster Keaton action-comedy 'Sherlock Jr.' (1924) features some of the best action moments in cinema, and is surprisingly sophisticated; an incredible film. Review by Kieran Judge.
Max von Sydow: 3 Career-Defining Performances - The career-defining feature performances of all-time great actor Max Von Sydow, one of Sweden's most famous screen exports. Article by Kieran Judge.
The First Omen (2024) Review - 2024 Omen prequel 'The First Omen', from director Arkasha Stevenson, comes via the studio handbook, lacking the originality necessary for success. Review by Kieran Judge.
Spellbound (1945) Review - Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman star in Alfred Hitchcock's psychoanalysis thriller 'Spellbound', a film with thrilling twists and turns and great performances. Review by Kieran Judge.
Psycho (1960) Review - 'Psycho' (1960), Alfred Hitchcock's masterful thriller starring Anthony Perkins, continues to influence writers, directors, and actors to this day. Review by Kieran Judge.
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) Review - 'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' will make money, and people will get a kick out of the spectacle on the big screen, but it isn't good cinema. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Matrix’ at 25 – Review - A quarter of a century after its release, 'The Matrix' remains a landmark in culture, a film with aftershocks that are still being felt today. Review by Kieran Judge.
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review - King Kong movie 'Kong: Skull Island', from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is a handsomely made picture with glorious visuals and an all-star cast. Review by Kieran Judge.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024) Review - The latest 'Ghostbusters' film, 'Ghostbuster: Frozen Empire' starring Paul Rudd, is unconcerned with the original, providing a formulaic blockbuster in its place. Review by Kieran Judge.
Immaculate (2024) Review - Sydney Sweeney stars as Sister Cecilia in 'Immaculate' from director Michael Mohan, a horror that is much better than it has any right to be. Review by Kieran Judge.
Imaginary (2024) Review - There is, ironically, a significant lack of imagination in 2024 Blumhouse horror 'Imaginary', from director Jeff Wadlow. Review by Kieran Judge.
Rebecca (1940) Review - Alfred Hitchcock's only film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, 'Rebecca' (1940) is not exactly perfect but it's certainly damn close. Review by Kieran Judge.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Review - 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), from director Miloš Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, won the Big Five Oscars. It is immortal. Review by Kieran Judge.
Argylle (2024) Review - Matthew Vaughn's 'Argylle' (2024) is a vaguely entertaining exercise in over-self-indulgence that has some likeable qualities but is massively stretched out. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Blade Runner Moments - The most iconic images, scraps of dialogue, and touches of nuance from Ridley Scott sci-fi 'Blade Runner' (1982) starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. Article by Kieran Judge.
Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant: Cinema’s Greatest Collaborations - Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant forged one of the filmmaking partnerships of the 20th century. These films best represent their everlasting legacy. Article by Kieran Judge.
Destroy All Neighbors (2024) Review - 'Destroy All Neighbors' is an over-the-top horror-comedy B movie sendup that fails to deliver on its outrageous premise for its duration. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Beekeeper (2024) Review - David Ayer's action-thriller 'The Beekeeper' starring Jason Statham offers 100 minutes of badly shot action sequences and should buzz off. Review by Kieran Judge.
Network (1976) Review - Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's 'Network' (1976) truly was a film ahead of its time, putting all ends of the political spectrum to task. Review by Kieran Judge.
A Ghost Story for Christmas Films Ranked - Every short film released as a part of the BBC's fifty-plus-years-old 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' series ranked from worst to best. Article by Kieran Judge.
Night Swim (2024) Review - Blumhouse horror 'Night Swim' (2024), starring Wyatt Russell and Kerry Condon, is derivative of 'The Shining' and other better horrors. Review by Kieran Judge.
One Life (2023) Review - 'One Life' (2023), the James Hawes BBC film starring Anthony Hopkins as "The British Schindler" Nicholas Winton, doesn't hit every mark but does strike a powerful chord. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ at 45 – Review - The 1978 sci-fi horror adaptation 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' starring Donald Sutherland remains an all-time classic 45 years on from its release. Review by Kieran Judge.
It’s a Wonderful Knife (2023) Review - 'It's a Wonderful Knife' (2023) adds a twist to 'It's a Wonderful Life', creating a technically proficient 90-minute blast of a slasher movie with some real star power. Review by Kieran Judge.
Thanksgiving (2023) Review - For the most part, Eli Roth's slasher horror 'Thanksgiving' (2023) does exactly what it says it's going to. It gives a good, bloody slasher flick. Review by Kieran Judge.
Kathryn Bigelow Movies Ranked - All 10 feature films directed by the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director at the Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow, ranked from worst to best. List by Kieran Judge.
Embers (2023) Review - Christian Cooke's 2023 feature 'Embers' breaks down our understanding of therapy and mental illness, achieving a short, sharp shock that lingers in the mind. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Is Scorsese’s Macbeth Adaptation - How Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' (2023) is a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Full essay and analysis by Kieran Judge.
Second Cut’s Top 10 Best Films of All Time - Regular 2nd Cut Podcast hosts Jacob Davis, Kieran Judge and Sam Sewell-Peterson discuss their selections for the 10 Best Films of All Time, with controversial picks (including a 3-in-1).
Children of the Corn Movies Ranked - All 11 'Children of the Corn' horror movies, including the original 1984 Stephen King adaptation, ranked from worst to best. List by Kieran Judge.
Where to Start with Bela Lugosi - Where to start with the cinema of Bela Lugosi, the man who popularised modern interpretations of Dracula and transfixed us with his piercing eyes. Article by Kieran Judge.
The Exorcist Movies Ranked - The Exorcist franchise films ranked. All 6 feature releases, from 'The Exorcist' (1973) to 'The Exorcist: Believer' (2023), ranked from worst to best. Article by Kieran Judge.
The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Review - 'The Exorcist: Believer', from 'Halloween' director David Gordon Green, seems to apply the 'twice as many kids, twice as scary' logic to 'The Exorcist', much to its detriment. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Films of All Time: Kieran Judge - The 10 best films of all time according to The Film Magazine podcaster and staff writer Kieran Judge. List in chronological order.
Elevator Game (2023) Review - 'Elevator Game' (2023), the elevator horror film from Rebekah McKendry, is 'Cube' meets 'Candyman', but an insult to both. Review by Kieran Judge.
A Haunting in Venice (2023) Review - The third film in Kenneth Branagh's Poirot series takes a huge step away from Agatha Christie's source material for this horror film lacking the novel's magic. Review by Kieran Judge.
Cobweb (2023) Review - Samuel Bodin horror 'Cobweb' (2023) is a daring push at formula, a film ever-so-close to being one of cinema's surprises of the year. Stars Lizzy Caplan. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Communion Girl (2022) Review - 'The Communion Girl' (2022) comes all the way from Spain, though it could have come straight from 1980s USA because you've seen this film before. Review by Kieran Judge.
Sharksploitation (2023) Review - 'Sharksploitation', the shark film Shudder documentary, is a celebration of cinema that highlights real world issues and will give you plenty of films for your watchlists. Review by Kieran Judge.
Quicksand (2023) Review - 'Quicksand', the 2023 Shudder horror film set in the rainforest of Colombia, has a few rare and fleeting moments but is absent of creativity or enjoyment. Review by Kieran Judge.
Sisu (2022) Review - Jalmari Helander tells a bloody tale for the sake of a bloody tale in the visually arresting Finnish action-western 'Sisu' (2023) starring Jorma Tommila. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Boogeyman (2023) Review - Rob Savage's 'The Boogeyman', an adaptation of Stephen King's short story, slots right into the established zeitgeist but makes no attempts to shake up a well-worn path. Review by Kieran Judge.
Evil Dead Rise (2023) Review - 'Evil Dead Rise' (2023) has risen from a possible grave, and it is well and truly groovy. Lee Cronin's new 'Evil Dead' take is efficient and gory. Review by Kieran Judge.
Assassin Club (2023) Review - Henry Golding, Noomi Rapace and Sam Neill lead Camille Delamarre's 'Assassin Club' (2023), an insult to brainpower that is impossible to care about. Review by Kieran Judge.
John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) Review - Keanu Reeves returns to take on an all-star cast of villains in 'John Wick: Chapter 4', a film better than 90% of action movies being pumped out today. Review by Kieran Judge.
Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023) Review - Idris Elba returns as Luther in BBC and Netflix feature film 'Luther: The Fallen Sun'. Co-starring Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis. It's fun for fans new and old. Review by Kieran Judge.
Scream VI (2023) Review - 'Scream VI', the latest instalment in the 'Scream' franchise, is one hell of a cinematic horror ride, though it lacks the new direction it promised. Review by Kieran Judge.
Living (2022) Review - Bill Nighy is utterly astonishing in 'Living' (2022), Kazuo Ishiguro's adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film 'Ikiru' about old age and illness. Review by Kieran Judge.
Where to Start with Steven Spielberg - Answering the question: where should I start with Steven Spielberg? The best entry points into the work of one of Hollywood's most influential directors. Article by Kieran Judge.
M3GAN (2023) Review - Aleka Cooper and James Wan follow 2021's horror hit 'Malignant' with 'M3GAN', the latest Frankenstein-esque tale of technology gone bad. Allison Williams stars. Review by Kieran Judge.
Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Review - James Cameron's sequel thirteen years in the making, 'Avatar: The Way of Water' (2022), looks "absolutely gorgeous" but lacks the originality of the first 'Avatar'. Review by Kieran Judge.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Review - Don Siegel's horror classic 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956) is right to be revered as such, it being an important film with remarkable ideas. Review by Kieran Judge.
John Carpenter Movies Ranked - All 18 John Carpenter movies ranked from worst to best, including 'Halloween', 'The Thing', 'Escape from New York' and more. List by Kieran Judge.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022) Review - Marlon Wayans and 'Stranger Things' star Priah Ferguson lead Netlix Halloween movie 'The Curse of Bridge Hollow' (2022), which is at times fun. Review by Kieran Judge.
Halloween Franchise Movies Ranked The ‘Halloween’ Franchise Ranked - All 13 'Halloween' films, from the John Carpenter original 'Halloween' (1978) to 'Halloween Ends' (2022) ranked from worst to best in terms of quality and scares. List by Kieran Judge.
Halloween Ends (2022) Review - Do not see 'Halloween Ends' (2022). Do not give it exposure. Save your money. Save cinema. David Gordon Green directs, Jamie Lee Curtis stars. Review by Kieran Judge.
Mr Harrigan’s Phone (2022) Review - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone' (2022) starring Jaeden Martell and Donald Sutherland is understanding, empathetic, and more mature than other Stephen King adaptations. Review by Kieran Judge.
Blonde (2022) Review - Ana de Armas gives the performance of a lifetime as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Netflix biopic 'Blonde' (2022), a film that wastes her potential. Review by Kieran Judge.
Don’t Worry Darling (2022) Review - Behind the scenes controversy surrounds the release of Olivia Wilde's 'Don't Worry Darling' (2022) starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, a film that squanders its potential. Review by Kieran Judge.
Kintsugi (2022) Short Film Review - 'Kintsugi' is "a beautiful little original animation" from Sugar Animation Studios and director Cleto Acosta-McKillop, "a wonderful creation". Short film review by Kieran Judge.
Bullet Train (2022) Review - Brad Pitt leads an ensemble of star names in 'Bullet Train', from 'Deadpool 2' director David Leitch, that features plenty of shiny neon-soaked fight scenes but little by way of character. Kieran Judge reviews.
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) Review - Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Olivia Newman's sloppily-directed feature adaptation of Delia Owens' 'Where the Crawdads Sing' (2022). Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Moments from The Thing - The 10 best moments from John Carpenter's 'The Thing' (1982) starring Kurt Russell, from the dog to the defibrillator and beyond. List by Kieran Judge.
‘Blade Runner’ at 40 – Review - 40 years removed from the release of Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation, starring Harrison Ford, 'Blade Runner' (1982) has lost none of its potency. Review by Kieran Judge.
Men (2022) Review - 'Men' (2022), the new film from 'Ex Machina' and 'Annihilation' director Alex Garland, is either a godsend or a void of nothingness, but never clear. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Innocents (2022) Review - Eskil Vogt mixes Stephen King with 'Let the Right One In' for 2022 Norwegian art-house film 'The Innocents', a relatable, "quiet, creeping, and always charged" horror. Review by Kieran Judge.
Firestarter (2022) Review - Zac Efron stars in Blumhouse's 2022 Stephen King adaptation 'Firestarter', but uninspired filmmaking makes for a bland and derivative experience. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Takedown (2022) Review - Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte return for Netflix's 'The Takedown' (2022), a forgettable buddy cop film from 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Now You See Me' director Louis Leterrier. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘Jason X’ at 20 – Review - Twenty years on from the release of the tenth 'Friday the 13th' movie, 'Jason X', this shameless space slasher should at least be saluted for playing into its tropes. Kieran Judge reviews.
The Northman (2022) Review - Robert Eggers' third feature film 'The Northman' (2022), starring Alexander Skarsgård as a prince intent on revenge for the murder of his father, might be his best yet. Review by Kieran Judge.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Review - David Blue Garcia brings Leatherface back in Netflix horror film 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2022), a sequel to Tobe Hooper's film with few redeeming features. Review by Kieran Judge.
Death on the Nile (2022) Review - Kenneth Branagh "entertains the hell out of you" in his adaptation of Agatha Christie book "Death on the Nile", leading an all-star cast (including Gal Gadot) as Hercule Poirot. Review by Kieran Judge.
Flag Day (2022) Review - Sean Penn directs and stars in 'Flag Day' (2022) co-starring daughter Dylan Penn, though it's a film that doesn't live up to its potential as a serviceable family drama. Article by Kieran Judge.
Nightmare Alley (2022) Review - Guillermo del Toro returns to the big screen with 'Nightmare Alley' starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, "a visual feast, a pleasure and a joy to behold and watch". Kieran Judge reviews.
Scream (2022) Review - The return of Ghostface to the big screen in 'Scream' (2022), for the first time since the passing of creator Wes Craven, is "fun and gory but with a severe identity crisis". Kieran Judge reviews.
Halloween Kills (2021) Review - 'Halloween' sequel 'Halloween Kills' (2021) is "an absolute mess. It’s a disgrace to the original". Jamie Lee Curtis leads a horror movie ensemble. Kieran Judge reviews.
Candyman (2021) Review - Nia DaCosta horror sequel 'Candyman' (2021), from producer and co-writer Jordan Peele, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, feels less organic and poised than the original. Kieran Judge reviews.
The Tomorrow War (2021) Review - Amazon's big summer blockbuster 'The Tomorrow War', from the director of 'The Lego Batman Movie' and starring Chris Pratt, is "only clever if you've never seen a sci-fi movie before". Kieran Judge reviews.
Enfant Terrible (2021) Review - Cult filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the German New Wave is the subject of Oskar Roehler's Cannes entry 'Enfant Terrible'. Kieran Judge reviews.
Wings (1927) Review - 'Wings' (1927) is, for better or for worse, the first ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Close to 100 years later, its issues and triumphs are more evident than ever. Review by Kieran Judge.
News of the World (2021) Review - 'News of the World' (2021), from Bourne Series director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, nominated for 4 Oscars including cinematography, is "two hours well spent", but little more. Kieran Judge reviews.
The Greatest Film Trailer of All Time? Psycho (1960) - Analysing the iconic trailer to the iconic 1960 horror 'Psycho', starring a first person narration from director Alfred Hitchcock himself. Feature by Kieran Judge.
Shot-for-Shot: Stryker’s Dilemma in Sands of Iwo Jima - How tension is ramped up and a moral conundrum of war is addressed in one particularly well made scene in 'Sands of Iwo Jima', starring John Wayne. Analysis by Kieran Judge.
Black Bear (2020) Review - Aubrey Plaza electrifies in the "utterly brilliant" thriller 'Black Bear', from screenwriter-director Lawrence Michael Levine, reviewed here by Kieran Judge.
Breach (2020) Review - 2020 sci-fi actioner 'Breach', starring Bruce Willis, takes a lot of inspiration from the likes of 'Alien', but is a painful and unoriginal genre offering. Kieran Judge reviews.
10 Perfect Horror Movie Double Bills - 10 popular horror films are paired with 10 less popular horror films in this list of perfect horror movie double bills by Kieran Judge.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Review - Netflix Original 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' from screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin and starring an ensemble including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, reviewed by Kieran Judge.
Harry Potter and the Uncredited Creator of That Chess Scene - The story of Jeremy Silman, the International Master of Chess uncredited with work on 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and that iconic chess scene. Article by Kieran Judge.
Breaking Principles: Passive Characters in ‘Vivarium’ (2020) - How 'Vivarium' (2020) succeeds in frustrating some and enlightening others through its choice of presenting actively-passive characters against all usual writing principles. Essay by Kieran Judge.
Plot Reveals vs Plot Twists – When They Work and When They Don’t - When plot twists work and when they don't. Kieran Judge explores one of cinema's most controversial, discussion stirring narrative elements, ruminating on some of the form's best and most famous examples.
Hitchock on set of Marnie Shot For Shot: Safe-Theft Scene in Hitchcock’s ‘Marnie’ (1964) - Over half a century later, Hitchcock's movies still have us on the edge of our seats. But why? Kieran Judge breaks down how he masterfully manipulates his audience in a shot-by-shot analysis of a scene from 'Marnie' (1964).
Darth Vader Hallway Scene Analysis The Scariest Scene of the 2010s – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Despite the resurgence of horror in the 2010s, the scariest scene of the decade came from a 'Star Wars' movie? Kieran Judge explores how Darth Vader has never been more terrifying than in 'Rogue One'.
Gwen (2019) Review - "Moody, tense and visually stunning, 'Gwen' (2019) is a dark delight that holds back no punches and speaks of some cold, hard truths in the world." Kieran Judge reviews.
Far from Home 2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Snapshot Review - New Spidey movie 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019) marks the 22nd entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kieran Judge reviews the film starring Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Us 2019 Movie Review Us (2019) Review - Jordan Peele returns with his latest horror outing 'Us' (2019), a film Kieran Judge has described as "a startling vision by one of the new masters of the dark side of humanity".
Temples in Alien and Dune Designing Nightmares: H.R. Giger and ‘Alien’ - When you think of 'Alien', you think of Ridley Scott and the Xenomorph, but the man behind the disturbing visuals is H.R. Giger, the artist profiled by Kieran Judge in this article.
Neve Campbell in Scream “Where My Love of Cinema Began” – ‘Scream’ and the Awakening of Kieran Judge as Film Aficionado - How Wes Craven's 'Scream' awoke the film aficionado in staff writer Kieran Judge. Read his Valentine's Day inspired special journey through his love for cinema, here.
Blumhouse Taking Over Universal’s Monster-Verse - The famed producers of recent horror classics like the Oscar nominated 'Get Out', Blumhouse, are to head Universal's Monster-Verse.
Hong-Jin Na Director Director Spotlight: Na Hong-Jin - South Korean director Na Hong-Jin has developed a recognisable style throughout his three releases to date, something Kieran Judge dissects and celebrates in this Director Spotlight.
Jacob's Ladder Film Essay Jacob’s Ladder: A Masterpiece Often Forgotten - Why more people should remember 'Jacob's Ladder', a film that "takes the themes and iconography of horror and moves into something deeper and more meaningful" according to Kieran Judge.