Film Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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Here Comes the Belgian

MOTOE

Given we have the 1974 version featuring a cast of luminaries, endorsed by no less a critic than Agatha Christie (who wandered in by mistake, having bought a ticket for Zardoz), and a TV adaptation featuring the man many consider to be the definitive Hercule Poirot – canon completest David Suchet, was there a need […]

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Film Review: A Bad Moms Christmas

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Absolute Gash

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It’s taken a while for me to gather my thoughts on a Bad Moms Christmas because such was the anesthetising effect of it, all higher brain activity ceased in the hours and days after the screening. I don’t know how I got home from the cinema that day – there was concrete in my legs […]

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Film Review: Thor – Ragnarok

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Warm Bath

TRK

Warning: This review contains a minor spoiler. As in relatively unimportant, not a plot point concerning a child. You could say there’s a loose, freewheeling quality to Thor: Ragnarok and you’d be right, because there is. Director Taika Waititi allowed his cast to improvise bigly, and whereas this is usually the death knell for a […]

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Film Review: A Bad Moms Christmas

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Absolute Gash

ABMC_

It’s taken a while for me to gather my thoughts on a Bad Moms Christmas because such was the anesthetising effect of it, all higher brain activity ceased in the hours and days after the screening. I don’t know how I got home from the cinema that day – there was concrete in my legs […]

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Film Review: Thor – Ragnarok

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Warm Bath

TRK

Warning: This review contains a minor spoiler. As in relatively unimportant, not a plot point concerning a child. You could say there’s a loose, freewheeling quality to Thor: Ragnarok and you’d be right, because there is. Director Taika Waititi allowed his cast to improvise bigly, and whereas this is usually the death knell for a […]

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Film Review: The Death of Stalin

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его толщина

DOS

Unless you’re Peter Hitchens, you’ve long since internalised the idea that rhetorical strategies for dealing with tyrants, terrorists and tragedy are one thing but the true character of the people and events that characterise them is another. So whereas we’re conditioned to think twice before being glib when discussing Pol Pot, because it may suggest […]

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Film Review: Geostorm

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Crack your cheeks

GS

A spate of intense storm activity across the world – hurricanes battering the US, storms ravaging Ireland, might have been the perfect pre-launch conditions for disaster movie Geostorm. Only a film of immense stupidity could prevent this would-be climate change blowout from cashing in on its zeitgeistian capital. And surely, you say, a movie directed […]

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Film Review: The Ritual

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The Rafe Spall Project

Ritual

Warning: This review reveals the movie’s wholly predictable ending. Apparently The Ritual’s based on a novel by Adam Nevill, which is odd as it plays like a one-note horror premise; a half-remembered Blair Witch Project. To cap it all, there’s Rafe Spall, the argument against nepotism, whose presence in the lead generates a charismatic black […]

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Film Review: The Snowman

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Fixing a Hole

Snowman

There are cinematic oddities and there’s The Snowman, an adaptation of Norwegian scribbler Jo Nesbø’s airport lounge thriller, which we can infer from the finished product was a very troubled production indeed. You’re alert to the potential for a lost in translation celluloid calamity upon learning these are the serial killer hunting adventures of a […]

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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

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Style and Substance 

BR2049

Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you’ve read it before seeing this title, please arrange to have the memory removed. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult sci-fi, is 35 years old. A small but vocal minority think it’s an empty vessel, but by common consent it’s a beautiful mood piece with a philosophical coda; a […]

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Film Review: American Assassin

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Beached 

AA

Watching American Assassin gives you a dose of the mid-budget blues. You’ll be familiar with the condition. It’s that sense of frustration – wandering consciousness from lack of engagement with the wan material offered up in place of stylized thrills. It’s the sense the film’s ambitions exceeded the modest funding producers were able to achieve. […]

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Film Review: Mother!

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Hell is other people

Mother!

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the ending. Few movies that utilise a titular exclamation mark have earned such punctuation but for Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! it looks a lot like understatement. He’s created a gourmet horror movie – part domestic phantasmagoria, part riff on Rosemary’s Baby, all uncanny allegory. But an allegory about what? If […]

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