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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Film Review: Long Shot

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Chicanery

What attracted Seth Rogen to a movie about a beautiful, powerful liberal candidate for president falling in love with a chubby stoner manchild? Long shot? If such a thing happened in the real world you’d hear a gun shot. But this is the hook for Rogen’s latest celebration of his lifestyle; an iteration that bolts […]

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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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Film Review: Long Shot

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Chicanery

What attracted Seth Rogen to a movie about a beautiful, powerful liberal candidate for president falling in love with a chubby stoner manchild? Long shot? If such a thing happened in the real world you’d hear a gun shot. But this is the hook for Rogen’s latest celebration of his lifestyle; an iteration that bolts […]

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Film Review: Avengers – Endgame

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All Good Things...

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Not that it matters because you’ve seen it anyway. Here it is, then. The culmination of an unprecedented run of rapid release blockbusters – 21 films over 11 years, scooping $20b at the box office. A feat, in franchise terms, that’s never been bettered. What was the model for this […]

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Film Review: Red Joan

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Galloway Syndrome 

Red Joan, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. Or, if you can’t – take the real life story of a Cambridge Spy who supplied atomic bomb secrets to the Russians in World War Two and fictionalise it, but in the most perfunctory and sentimental way possible. Why, you ask, […]

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Film Review: Dragged Across Concrete

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One for the Ladies

Did S. Craig Zahler’s approach to Mel Gibson go something like this? I don’t know. *Contains bespoiling Spoilers* SCZ: Mel, S. Craig – no time to explain, I directed Bone Tomahawk, a Western in which the characters get butchered, literally torn apart with their organs spilling – I have a thing about internal organs. Anyway, […]

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Film Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

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Bad Kitty

Using a cover of the Ramone’s 1989 hit “Pet Sematary” over the end credits is a little presumptuous of the makers of this second adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. The song was written for the first movie version, co-scripted by King, and its reprise only serves to remind you that there’s a more faithful version […]

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Film Review: Shazam!

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Bigger 

Another week, another superhero movie – this one a bucking young foal from the DC stable. Does it matter what it’s about? Not really. It’s a simple story – good wizards vs bad, with an odd pseudo religious import – a man possessed by demonic manifestations of the seven deadly sins. We know not how […]

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Film Review: Us

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...and them

 

 

Warning: This review discusses the movie’s ending. Have a word with yourself before reading if you’ve yet to see this title. The mind of Jordan Peele, as introductions to his movies are styled, thinks about the legacy of social division in America and how a growing middle class, and changes to what’s acceptable in public […]

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Book Review: Woke – A Guide to Social Justice by Titania McGrath

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Culture Wars

Warning: This review is written by a white male and consequently all views expressed therein should be instantly dismissed. Titania McGrath is a satirical character who takes herself so seriously than she aggressively rejects labels like “satirical character” as this is tantamount to being unpersoned. Not every Twitter spoof account gets a spin-off book. Nadine […]

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