Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Syndicated Action 

MI5

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. Late in Christopher McQuarrie’s old fashioned counter espionage thriller, Jeremy Renner, the man introduced to the series to replace a fading Tom Cruise, only to be kept in his box by that sequel’s success and the reminder that its star will risk life and limb for our cheap […]

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Film Review: Pixels

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Nostalgiarrrgggghhhhhhhhh

Pixels

Critics are cruel to Adam Sandler but are they wrong to single him out? Sure, he’s the antithesis of an artist, unashamedly nepotistic and cynical; a peddler of beer and pizza cinema, happy to vomit up misogyny and scatology as a substitute for wit; an infantile occupant of screen space, content to bolt together low […]

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Film Review: Ant-Man

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Small World

AM

Marvel’s astute handling of Ant-Man’s production ensured the movie opened with confidence sky high in the finished product. The studio allowed the mercurial Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, filmsmiths with excellent genre pedigrees, to develop the movie for the better part of a decade, then ditched them at the 11th hour. This shrewd piece of […]

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Film Review: Pixels

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Nostalgiarrrgggghhhhhhhhh

Pixels

Critics are cruel to Adam Sandler but are they wrong to single him out? Sure, he’s the antithesis of an artist, unashamedly nepotistic and cynical; a peddler of beer and pizza cinema, happy to vomit up misogyny and scatology as a substitute for wit; an infantile occupant of screen space, content to bolt together low […]

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Film Review: Ant-Man

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Small World

AM

Marvel’s astute handling of Ant-Man’s production ensured the movie opened with confidence sky high in the finished product. The studio allowed the mercurial Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, filmsmiths with excellent genre pedigrees, to develop the movie for the better part of a decade, then ditched them at the 11th hour. This shrewd piece of […]

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Film Review: Terminator Genisys

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Obsolete 

TG

Warning: This review reveals the plot twist already ruined by the movie’s poor marketing. In one of many heartbreaking scenes in Terminator Genisys; that’s pump smashing for fans, not emotionally affecting; Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor tells Jai Courtney’s voided Kyle Reese, “that movie you love? The classic? It’s gone.” I’m paraphrasing but the audience are […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World

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Trevorrowland 

JW

The problem with nostalgia is that it makes us forget the way things really were. Case in point, Jurassic Park – the 1993 blockbuster that wowed audiences with its photorealistic dinosaurs and left a deep footprint in popular culture. Spielberg’s mind was elsewhere of course, he already had a foot in the holocaust, and consequently […]

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Film Review: Spy

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Weight Watching

Spy

Heads all over the world dropped when it was announced that Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, would helm an unnecessary remake of ‘80’s comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Hollywood’s ability to invest movies with wit, and make comedies that live long in the memory has diminished to the point where any filmmaker who can coax a laugh […]

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Film Review: Insidious – Chapter 3

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Open House

IC3

If, like many, you sat through Insidious: Chapter 2, certain you were sharing the room with a dumb sequel that unnaturally contorted like the ghost of a young girl in order to extend a concluded story, Chapter 3 brings relief. Writer and now director Leigh Whannell, taking over from James Wan, has wisely chosen to […]

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Film Review: San Andreas

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Shake It Off

SA

San Andreas is Hollywood at its most mechanical; a movie plotted backwards from a high concept pitch and overlaid with box ticking human interest. The Rock’s a helicopter rescue pilot ripe for redemption. He couldn’t save his daughter from drowning in a white water rafting accident, so lost his family. They’re now shacked up with […]

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Film Review: Man Up

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Quid Pro Quo

MU

The title of Ben Palmer’s refreshing rom com reflects the reality that for many single women the days your suitors would line up and you’d just pick one, assuming those days weren’t the stuff of literary fantasy, are long gone. It’s men that traditionally had to whore themselves around, trying to impress would-be bedmates, but […]

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Film Review: Pitch Perfect 2

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Bum Notes

PP2

The original Pitch Perfect wasn’t much of an original. It played to the Glee crowd with its bawdy comedy and acapella covers of pop hits. A giant eye was positioned at the audience and made to wink for a couple of hours, with Ana Kendrick’s Barden Bellas, songstresses that took this kitsch as the sum […]

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