Film Review: Motherless Brooklyn

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Troubled Water

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. It’s not often that a genre movie makes you think of a book on urban planning, but Ed Norton’s thoughtful and eloquently realised fifties-set Noir does just that. Like another neo-iteration of the great American crime genre, Chinatown, it’s a personal mystery with small-time […]

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Film Review: Knives Out

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A Cut Above

Warning: This review refers to the structure of the plot.  Rian Johnson has a devil in him and it’s time to acknowledge that it’s to be welcomed not exorcized. If you assume everything’s been done in the world of genre filmmaking, the only thing for a filmmaker with an interest in genre to do is […]

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Film Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

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Throw Ya Hands Up With Meh 

The brain trust behind this reboot of Charlie’s Angels have identified a new strata of the cinema going audience. This is not an inconsiderable achievement and it deserves to be noted on the record. In 1975 Steven Spielberg stumbled onto a teenage audience for high concept entertainment hitherto untapped, but this was a happy accident. […]

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Film Review: Knives Out

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A Cut Above

Warning: This review refers to the structure of the plot.  Rian Johnson has a devil in him and it’s time to acknowledge that it’s to be welcomed not exorcized. If you assume everything’s been done in the world of genre filmmaking, the only thing for a filmmaker with an interest in genre to do is […]

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Film Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

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Throw Ya Hands Up With Meh 

The brain trust behind this reboot of Charlie’s Angels have identified a new strata of the cinema going audience. This is not an inconsiderable achievement and it deserves to be noted on the record. In 1975 Steven Spielberg stumbled onto a teenage audience for high concept entertainment hitherto untapped, but this was a happy accident. […]

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Film Review: The Irishman

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A History of Violence 

Martin Scorsese, like Robert de Niro’s Frank Sheeran, is an old man. And like the title character in his late-career mob epic, he’s in a reflective, conscience mapping mood as the end approaches and some cock sucker, probably a Netflix exec, reminds him that everyone and everything he used to know – namely people paying […]

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Film Review: 21 Bridges

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Bastards on the Run

Chadwick Boseman, who one imagines now insists on being called Black Panther during sex, stars in this gritty, sometimes nasty pared down thriller, about a cop on the hunt for a couple of plod-killing thieves, who flee to Manhattan and become trapped there with their haul of cocaine, after a bloody gunfight with the NYPD. […]

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Film Review: Frozen 2

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Everybody Chill

The diktat from the frozen but very much alive head of Walt Disney – its garbled messages mediated by the corporation’s homogeniser-in-chief Bob Iger, is if it makes a billion it gets a sequel. One can argue if the House of Mouse’s musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen needed a sequel, but that’s […]

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Film Review: Le Mans ’66 (Ford V Ferarri)

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Ford Focus

Whatever you want to call it – Ford Vs Ferrari, or Le Mans ’66 as it’s been rebranded in the UK to add a little continental sophistication and specificity to the main event, James Mangold’s racing drama is the kind of glossy, star-driven, er, vehicle, that used to be Hollywood’s bread and butter, but these […]

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Film Review: The Good Liar

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The Long Game

The Good Liar, though not billed as such to avoid a huge third act spoiler, is a revenge thriller with the kind of backstory that has the imprimatur of an airport lounge novel. It’s the kind of tricksy, twisty story which, given the apparent one-sidedness of its plot – a crusty, cynical Ian McKellen scouts […]

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Film Review: Doctor Sleep

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Kubrickian Hangover 

Given Stephen King’s propensity for catching up with adult versions of his child characters, it was perhaps inevitable that he’d pen a sequel to The Shining. But he may have had an ulterior motive. It can’t be easy writing a personal story like that of Jack Torrance – a writer burdened with King’s struggle with […]

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Film Review: Terminator – Dark Fate

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Rage Against The Machine 

Warning: This review alludes to the dark fate of some characters. When audiences first identified with Sarah Connor, the heroine of James Cameron’s 1984 Tech Noir, little could they have dreamed they would share the character’s dark fate. Like her, no matter what they do – whether they run from the future shocks offered or […]

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