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: The Good Liar

Posted on:

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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Film Review: Joker

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Retroinnovation 

Here’s a philosophical question for you. Pay attention, because it’s very difficult. Is Joker a real movie masquerading as a comic book flick – the “real” part alluding to an old standard, namely human interest and psychological intrigue over spectacle and effects? Or, contrary to the thing imagined by director Todd Phillips when pitching to […]

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Film Review: Ad Astra

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Hallo Spaceboy, bye bye love. 

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending.  What’s missing from modern movies you ask? Could it be silence? Quiet contemplation? Psychological nuance? Solemnity and majesty, over noise and incident? Well thank fuck for Ad Astra. It’s a father-son psychodrama set in the furthest reaches of our solar system, in an unspecified near future, in […]

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Film Review: Rambo – Last Blood

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Ranch Dressing 

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the nonsensical plot.  The makers of this second legacy sequel to the 1980’s action franchise have decided to be brave like the titular mercenary; they told a story as though it were playing in John Rambo’s mind. It’s quick, populated by fleeting images of death and destruction, it’s senseless, […]

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Film Review: Hustlers

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Sister Act 

This slick, “Wombs of Wall Street” – hustle and flow drama, replete with Scorsese-like smooth tracking shots, shifting time signatures and voice over narration, asks us to empathise with a pole dancer just trying to earn enough to support her old grandmother (later young daughter too), who hooks up with an older pro and ends […]

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Film Review: Downton Abbey

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House Party

Warning: This movie discusses aspects of the plot. Do not read on until you’ve been bored by it and have started to forget it. Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event. One of its themes (here substituting for plot points), in this sequel to Julian Fellowes stately soap opera, […]

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Film Review: IT Chapter Two

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Send in the Clowns

After achieving a monster hit with chapter one, Andy Muschietti returns to complete Stephen King’s story, the losers’ club upgraded to adulthood and 2016. Last time around, buoyed by likable child leads and late-eighties nostalgia, we enjoyed the sinister if curiously fear free child death-a-thon, hoping that the conclusion would pull the thread suggested by […]

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