Doctor Strange (M)
Directed by Scott Derrickson.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
115 mins mystical realms channels 2001, Dali, Doctor Strange creator Steve Ditko’s work and more besides; Manhattanand London-set chase sequences one-up Inception‘ s folding cityscapes with healthy doses of Escher and psilocybin.
While it might not be Marvel’s most ambitious or successful work, they’ve nevertheless shown us a previously-unseen side of their cinematic universe and done so in frequently jaw-dropping fashion, elevating Doctor Strange beyond the film’s other, generally three-star, attributes. – Steve Newall