Film Review: Lights Out

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Bait and Switches

Lights Out

Warning: This review refers to elements of the plot. If the bulk of low budget shockers released in recent years have filled you with dread, it’s probably because you anticipate variants on some well-worn themes. Your bingo card is likely to include families terrorized by malevolent spooks, enormous foreboding houses, parasitic foes, disturbing child drawings, […]

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Film Review: David Brent – Life on the Road

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This is not Spinal Tap

LOTR

When The Office became a critical smash, Ricky Gervais, its writer and star, adopted the John Cleese mantra that in order to preserve quality, less was more. There’d be two series, he said, mindful of the former Python’s decision to limit Fawlty Towers to 12 episodes, but also a couple of specials to tie up […]

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Film Review: The Shallows

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Toothless

The Shallows

Warning: This review discusses the movie’s plot. Following the death of her mother, Blake Lively’s aquiline medic, that director Jaume Collet-Serra rightly imagined would look great in a bikini, and whom he goes on to ogle for most of the movie, seeks out a beach in a tropical paradise that meant something to her dear […]

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Film Review: David Brent – Life on the Road

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This is not Spinal Tap

LOTR

When The Office became a critical smash, Ricky Gervais, its writer and star, adopted the John Cleese mantra that in order to preserve quality, less was more. There’d be two series, he said, mindful of the former Python’s decision to limit Fawlty Towers to 12 episodes, but also a couple of specials to tie up […]

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Film Review: The Shallows

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Toothless

The Shallows

Warning: This review discusses the movie’s plot. Following the death of her mother, Blake Lively’s aquiline medic, that director Jaume Collet-Serra rightly imagined would look great in a bikini, and whom he goes on to ogle for most of the movie, seeks out a beach in a tropical paradise that meant something to her dear […]

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Film Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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A Queen and Two Pairs

Mike and Dave

Okay, here’s the deal. When it comes to American mainstream movie comedy we’re currently in the grip of a drought that threatens to dry out the lips of even the most committed cinephile, making the very act of smiling a painful experience; so painful in fact that anticipating said agony makes the act less likely, […]

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Film Review: Suicide Squad

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The Trailers: Special Edition

SS

Consistency matters in a movie franchise. Audiences like to know what they’re getting and so do lazy critics, who can copy and paste from their reviews of earlier entries. Those of us who grace you, the little people, with the benefit of our enlightened reason and forensic intellect, grow tired of saying that Marvel movies […]

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Film Review: Jason Bourne

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Bourne Again

JB

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the final act. “We’re still trying to come up with a narrative to explain what happened” says a CIA spook to Alicia Vikander’s Langley careerist in the closing minutes of Jason Bourne. It’s a little late in the movie to be thinking about that but it’s […]

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Film Review: The BFG

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Big Mistake

BFG

Warning: This review discusses the ending. The title card for Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison’s adaptation of the BFG, introduces it as Roald Dahl’s, but is it really? It’s his story alright, told, a few Americanised embellishments notwithstanding, with reverence to his plot and the cut of his characters’ jib, but there’s an uncanny sweetness […]

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Film Review: Star Trek Beyond

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"Star Trek"

Star Trek Beyond

The third in the J.J Abrams produced series of dumbed down, fan-fic Star Trek movies, with the directing duties now passed to Justin Lin, has an awful lot to accomplish. For one, it exists as a corrective to 2013’s Into Darkness; a nihilistic, depressing, wrongheaded installment and idiotic would-be blockbuster that badly wore its Star […]

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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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