Film Review: Stuber

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All's Fare...

Warning: This review contains plot elements and alludes to the fate of a character. Perhaps it’s best you don’t read it at all. Given the current state of American film comedy you might be forgiven for having rock bottom expectations for this tired old mismatched buddy comedy with a novel spin – namely a supercop […]

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Film Review: Anna

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Model Agent 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the convoluted plot.  Luc Besson, whatever you think of him, knows what he likes – young and comely assassins, European locations – well, Paris, and plenty of stylised, conspicuously choreographed violence. Anna delivers all these time worn ingredients but it’s missing a couple of things that elevate this kind […]

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Film Review: Annabelle Comes Home

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Basement Dwellers

The seventh in the Conjuring series (I know) squeezes the last drops from a formula that’s well and truly spent. Having diversified with trips to England, prequels, and a spin-off set in a World War 2 convent featuring Christ’s tears (no, really), the plot of this latest prequel (and direct sequel to the original for […]

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Film Review: Anna

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Model Agent 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the convoluted plot.  Luc Besson, whatever you think of him, knows what he likes – young and comely assassins, European locations – well, Paris, and plenty of stylised, conspicuously choreographed violence. Anna delivers all these time worn ingredients but it’s missing a couple of things that elevate this kind […]

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Film Review: Annabelle Comes Home

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Basement Dwellers

The seventh in the Conjuring series (I know) squeezes the last drops from a formula that’s well and truly spent. Having diversified with trips to England, prequels, and a spin-off set in a World War 2 convent featuring Christ’s tears (no, really), the plot of this latest prequel (and direct sequel to the original for […]

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Film Review: The Dead Don’t Die

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Two Hour Wank

I suppose there’s a time when even the most prestigious independent filmmakers fancy cutting loose and riffing on their favourite lowbrow genre movies. The Dead Don’t Die is such a film. Jim Jarmusch evidently loves the zombie flicks of George Romero; many of us do. But if you have the artistic clout to convince a […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man – Far from Home

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Attack of the Drones

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot.  This Avengers: Endgame epilogue asks the not unreasonable question, what now? If the MCU is going to continue it’s going to need a new set of Avengers, and maybe a new purpose. What’s the next set of stories going to be about? Who are they going […]

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Film Review: Midsommer

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Slow Burner

Warning: This review discusses the plot. Please attend your nearest pagan festival before reading on. Asi Aster’s Hereditary encore provides a useful checklist of things to avoid if you’re an inattentive boyfriend who wants to cut his dysfunctional and grief stricken girl loose but feels trapped – particularly after her bipolar sister complicates matters further […]

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Film Review: Yesterday

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Instant Karma

Warning: This review alludes to elements of the plot, including versions of the film not produced. In a parallel universe a 78-year-old John Lennon reports a burglary to the police. The thieves have taken the TV, some old books, and some papers from his bedroom drawer. They have no intrinsic value he tells the police, […]

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Film Review: What We Left Behind – Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Station to Station 

Much delayed, as crowd funded projects often are, the belated release of Ira Steven Behr’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine retrospective couldn’t be better timed. If Trekkies ever needed reminding that their thoughtless and thought terminating rejection of the so-called black sheep of the Trek family was imbecilic then and, in the age of Star […]

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Film Review: Brightburn

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Supermaniac 

Produced by the Gunns – that’s James and cousins – this super-villain fantasy inverts the first act of Richard Donner’s Superman, imagining the onset of puberty leads to an alien child with malevolent intent, rather than an earnest kid struggling with his otherworldly abilities and noble purpose. So closely is the story patterned on Superman, […]

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Film Review: Toy Story 4

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Carefully Cultivated Cash Grab

By common consent Toy Story 3 was a hard full stop on a once groundbreaking series (that’s technologically natch – no storytelling leaps and bounds here). Andy’s toys, bless their inexplicably sentient non-existent hearts, found a new owner; a girl who’d love them as only a pre-schooler could, and that we were assured, was that. […]

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