Film Review: The Neon Demon

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Skin Deep

The Neon Demon

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. Following Drive and Only God Forgives, cine-agitator in chief, Nicholas Winding Refn (self-styled as NWR on signed title cards), returns with another full bucket from his bottomless well of inhuman torment. Anyone hoping NWR would lighten up or challenge himself to make a feel […]

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Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

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Jungle Boogie

Tarzan

David Yates, director of the later, brooding and joyless instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, takes on another literary icon in this, the umpteenth adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story about the English nob brought up by apes and returned to civilisation, who goes back to the jungle when he realises we’re barbarous conquerors of the […]

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Film Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

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It don't look good. 

GB 2016

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. You’re strongly advised not to see this title so these spoilers won’t matter. The Ooh Tray had not intended to review Paul Feig’s remake of Ghostbusters but the editor, David Frames, watching this critic sit at a blank screen and a flashing cursor insisted, saying ‘type something […]

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Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

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Jungle Boogie

Tarzan

David Yates, director of the later, brooding and joyless instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, takes on another literary icon in this, the umpteenth adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story about the English nob brought up by apes and returned to civilisation, who goes back to the jungle when he realises we’re barbarous conquerors of the […]

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Film Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

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It don't look good. 

GB 2016

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. You’re strongly advised not to see this title so these spoilers won’t matter. The Ooh Tray had not intended to review Paul Feig’s remake of Ghostbusters but the editor, David Frames, watching this critic sit at a blank screen and a flashing cursor insisted, saying ‘type something […]

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Film Review: Independence Day – Resurgence

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Oh, Fuck Off. 

ID2

Warning: This review discusses what some will call the plot. But if you never see the film, there’s no spoilers. Half the UK is now in a state of shock in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union. Desolate “Remainers”, who polling data suggests are disproportionately young and university educated, have been […]

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Film Review: The Conjuring 2

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Thank Hell for Little Girls

CJ2

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. James Wan’s follow-up to his horror smash hit is another well-crafted exercise in writing around a documented hoax, literalising the claims of the deviant, deluded and mentally ill, to indulge the ‘I want to believe brigade’. His original movie cast cynical dispersions on a Rhode Island father […]

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Film Review: Where to Invade Next

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Presents from Abroad 

WTIN

What you take from Michael Moore’s latest polemic will depend on where in the world you are. Supporting the movie’s contention that Americans are pig-ignorant of other cultures due to the tyrannical and retarding hegemony of their own, the film’s been crafted for a strict Stateside audience – innately liberal, Moore hopes, but provincial enough […]

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Film Review: The Nice Guys

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Seedy City

The Nice Guys

If you didn’t know The Nice Guys was a Shane Black movie, his signature’s visible a couple of minutes in. A teenage boy in 1977 L.A discreetly removes a skin mag from its hiding place under his parents’ bed and drinks in the voluptuous form of fictional porn star, Misty Mountains. A moment later, a […]

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Film Review: Warcraft – The Beginning

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The Beasts that Fell to Earth

Warcraft

Warning: This review alludes to elements of the plot. You may wish to go on this quest before reading. Warcraft: The Beginning, represents a progression for Zowie Bowie, Son of David, sometimes known as Duncan Jones. It’s a move from old school, analogue filmmaking – Moon, to full-scale pixelated world building, by way of Source […]

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Film Review: Misconduct

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Motion to Dismiss 

Misconduct

Warning: This review discusses the plot in detail, or tries to. After a hard day’s think, Misconduct is the kind of movie that critics use to unwind. It’s delightfully, cataclysmically awful; a film from which hatchet swings, jokes and synonyms for terrible, divorced from the demotic in service to haughty grandstanding, flow naturally – if […]

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Film Review: Money Monster

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Old Rope

MM

Director Jodie Foster’s hostage drama attempts to rekindle something of social and political concern that vitalised the American movies of the ‘70s. Money Monster wants to package commentary with a real time thriller, but unfortunately the result’s a limited and not especially ambitious flick, with leads and overstatement that conjure up a different decade altogether […]

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