Film Review: Dunkirk

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Victory Deferred 

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s war movie is a real palate cleanser in an era of CG saturation and post-Saving Private Ryan realist violence. That’s not to decry Spielberg’s approach to recreating the theatre of World War II. Then it seemed like a necessary corrective to decades of heightened, bloodless depictions of warfare, divorced from the inhumane brutality […]

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Film Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Going Ape 

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Warning: This review contains minor plot spoilers. You may wish to stroke these apes before reading on. War for the Planet of the Apes is a sumptuous conclusion to the trilogy that began, without much promise, with a story centred on James Franco’s improbable neuroscientist and John Lithgow’s Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew then that once […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man – Homecoming

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Brand Ambassador

SMHC

Warning: This review contains a plot spoiler. Marvel’s great wheeze, when looking for a reliable method for churning out four hits a year, has been to ransack the movie archives for tried and tested templates that can be adapted to the relevant comic book. The recent Doctor Strange channelled Inception, Guardians of the Galaxy reworked […]

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Film Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Going Ape 

WFTPOTA

Warning: This review contains minor plot spoilers. You may wish to stroke these apes before reading on. War for the Planet of the Apes is a sumptuous conclusion to the trilogy that began, without much promise, with a story centred on James Franco’s improbable neuroscientist and John Lithgow’s Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew then that once […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man – Homecoming

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Brand Ambassador

SMHC

Warning: This review contains a plot spoiler. Marvel’s great wheeze, when looking for a reliable method for churning out four hits a year, has been to ransack the movie archives for tried and tested templates that can be adapted to the relevant comic book. The recent Doctor Strange channelled Inception, Guardians of the Galaxy reworked […]

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Film Review: Baby Driver

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Sound and Vision 

Baby Driver

If there were ever a couple of movies that exemplified the difference style can make to the same story, Drive and Baby Driver would be those movies. Both have familiar elements – the getaway petrolhead who works for a psychopath then meets a girl and plans to get out, only for the world he’s caught […]

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Film Review: Transformers – The Last Knight

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The Last Straw

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A recent piece in the Hollywood Reporter found that a typical fan of Michael Bay’s cockroach-like series, impervious to the nuclear bomb of critical scrutiny, thought Man of Steel was the best movie ever made and Mila Jovovich the best living actress. With data like that making its way into the briefcases of Paramount executives […]

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Film Review: The Mummy (2017)

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An American Arsehole in London

Mummy

As TV sucks all the talent out of the Hollywood system, leaving the dry husk of hollowed entertainments, movies have attempted to fight back by, er, emulating the high concept, lowbrow TV of old – colourful, disposable, episodic. We’ve always had plentiful sequels of course but the aim now is to lock in audiences by […]

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Film Review: Wonder Woman

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A Good Woman Goes to War

WW

Long before DC were reviled as Johnny-Come-Latelys who made inferior, joyless copies of Marvel’s movie output – the “Their Satanic Majesties Request” to the MCU’s “Sgt. Pepper” if you will, they were the only game in town. The likes of Thor and the Hulk were stars of cheesy made-for-TV movies when, under licence, Warner Bros. […]

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Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Sunk Costs

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The latest in this long sinking franchise (inexplicably retitled “Salazar’s Revenge” in the UK) features a heartbreaking cameo from Paul McCartney and an indifferent one from Johnny Depp. The former can be added to a case file suggesting Mark Chapman chose the wrong man – evidence that includes (but is not limited to) Ebony and […]

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Film Review: Alien – Covenant

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Blonde Ambition

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Warning: This review alludes to plot elements. The problem with the prequel trend begun by George Lucas with 1999’s Phantom Menace has been the over-engineering of the myth; the tendency to add muddled and unnecessary complications to a series once defined by simple, audience-friendly dynamics. Many thought Ridley Scott had erred when 2012’s Prometheus junked […]

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Film Review: Unlocked

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Alice Doesn't Live Anymore

Unlocked

Warning: This review discusses the plot. It’s been a long time since Michael Apted was called upon to deliver a dose of nerve shredding espionage and longer still, given that effort was The World is Not Enough, since he’s managed it. Now he’s back with Unlocked, a budget remake of Brian De Palma’s Mission Impossible, […]

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