Film Review: Men in Black International

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Nod Ya Head (to wake yourself up)

To the cynics who say Hollywood’s given up on the movies, regurgitating the high concept crud from a generation ago, while TV shames the industry week on week, casually dropping artful series like Chernobyl and When They See Us that appropriate the storytelling craft and moral seriousness of ‘70’s American cinema and would, had they […]

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Film Review: X-Men – Dark Phoenix

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Burn Out 

Few franchises run for 19 years and fewer still get a second bite of the cherry with a soft reboot once the first run of adventures has burnt out. Bryan Singer, now notorious in Hollywood on account of his sexual deviance rather than filmmaking abilities; a hack in decline since his breakout hit The Usual […]

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Film Review: Ma

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Down with the Kidz

Warning: This review discusses the plot and reveals the fate of certain characters. Somewhere, in this morass of Blum House schlock, is an intriguing horror premise about a bullied girl in a small town who grows up, meets the teenage children of her tormentors, who are now the age she was when they sexually humiliated […]

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Film Review: X-Men – Dark Phoenix

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Burn Out 

Few franchises run for 19 years and fewer still get a second bite of the cherry with a soft reboot once the first run of adventures has burnt out. Bryan Singer, now notorious in Hollywood on account of his sexual deviance rather than filmmaking abilities; a hack in decline since his breakout hit The Usual […]

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Film Review: Ma

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Down with the Kidz

Warning: This review discusses the plot and reveals the fate of certain characters. Somewhere, in this morass of Blum House schlock, is an intriguing horror premise about a bullied girl in a small town who grows up, meets the teenage children of her tormentors, who are now the age she was when they sexually humiliated […]

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Film Review: Godzilla – King of the Monsters

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Draining the Lizard

Who asked for a Godzilla shared universe, was it you? Based on nothing more than an above average gross for a movie that had little going for it once Bryan Cranston’s character died, and undeterred by the diminishing returns of sequel set up movie, Kong: Skull Island, the filmmakers have persisted. Now, we have a […]

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Film Review: Rocketman

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Cock of the Walk

Something incredible has happened and I need to tell someone – Dexter Fletcher has made a great movie. Sure he’s had a lot of practice, after Sunshine on Leith and those awkward scenes in Bohemian Rhapsody, but no one actually expected him to learn the lessons and do better. This fancy biopic about Elton John […]

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Film Review: Aladdin (2019)

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The Rub

A whole new world? No, this is very much the old world of the 1992 animated Disney movie; one of those flicks that would been an also-ran in the world of animation had it not been for an inventive, mostly improvised turn from the late Robin Williams as the Genie. William’s performance is very much […]

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Film Review: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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John W-iii-ck

Last time we saw John Wick he was running for is life, having broken the sacred covenant and killed an assassin on the hallowed ground of the Continental Hotel; a strict no-no in the world of underground assassins.  His punishment : a $14 million bounty on his head, meaning the great, good, and not so […]

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Film Review: Booksmart

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Gag Reflex

How is smart is Booksmart? Is it clever enough to know that the problem with modern American film comedy is that it’s overwrought, too heightened and too glib for its own good? We’re talking about a sketch comedy universe in which every character, no matter what their place in the story, is in on the […]

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Film Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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Toys R Us

Warning: This review alludes to a plot twist. How to review a live action Pokémon movie? The capsule version would read thus: Roger Rabbit with Batman’s ending, sans the grit. We could talk about the inspired choice of Ryan Reynolds to add a little personality and wry humour to what would otherwise be an insufferably […]

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Film Review: The Hustle

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Misandrist Imbecilic Bitches

One of modern Hollywood’s greatest handicaps is the remake imperative. Why take a chance on a new story when you can carelessly regurgitate the old? Once upon a time, when the chronology of film had distinct epochs, remaking made horrible sense – like a car producer launching an up-to-date model. If your film was silent […]

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