Film Review: Atomic Blonde

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The Communist Call

AB

Warning: This review contains a third act spoiler. Never read. In late ‘80s set Atomic Blonde, the camera pans to James McAvoy’s television and an MTV news anchor asking the big question, “sampling – is it art or plagiarism?”. Well, such mischievous archive sampling is typical of contemporary movies – self-reflexivity, in jokes, tongue in […]

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Film Review: Annabelle – Creation

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Toy Story 

AC

Warning: This reviews discusses the plot, such as it is. It’s hard to muster the enthusiasm to write about boilerplate horror, Annabelle: Creation, as this prequel to a prequel to The Conjuring is so derivative of the decade’s seemingly unkillable haunted house horrors, that there’s little left to say. David F. Sanberg, director of Lights […]

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Film Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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French Fancy

Valerian

Luc Besson, if you’re reading, which you are, it’s time to grow up. Your ambition and business acumen has always been greater than your talent, and that goes double when making long-gestating adaptations of your most cherished childhood ideas or pop cultural favourites. Understood? Now, if you can bare to, read on. Twenty years ago […]

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Film Review: Annabelle – Creation

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Toy Story 

AC

Warning: This reviews discusses the plot, such as it is. It’s hard to muster the enthusiasm to write about boilerplate horror, Annabelle: Creation, as this prequel to a prequel to The Conjuring is so derivative of the decade’s seemingly unkillable haunted house horrors, that there’s little left to say. David F. Sanberg, director of Lights […]

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Film Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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French Fancy

Valerian

Luc Besson, if you’re reading, which you are, it’s time to grow up. Your ambition and business acumen has always been greater than your talent, and that goes double when making long-gestating adaptations of your most cherished childhood ideas or pop cultural favourites. Understood? Now, if you can bare to, read on. Twenty years ago […]

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Film Review: Dunkirk

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Victory Deferred 

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s war movie is a real palate cleanser in an era of CG saturation and post-Saving Private Ryan realist violence. That’s not to decry Spielberg’s approach to recreating the theatre of World War II. Then it seemed like a necessary corrective to decades of heightened, bloodless depictions of warfare, divorced from the inhumane brutality […]

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Film Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Going Ape 

WFTPOTA

Warning: This review contains minor plot spoilers. You may wish to stroke these apes before reading on. War for the Planet of the Apes is a sumptuous conclusion to the trilogy that began, without much promise, with a story centred on James Franco’s improbable neuroscientist and John Lithgow’s Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew then that once […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man – Homecoming

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Brand Ambassador

SMHC

Warning: This review contains a plot spoiler. Marvel’s great wheeze, when looking for a reliable method for churning out four hits a year, has been to ransack the movie archives for tried and tested templates that can be adapted to the relevant comic book. The recent Doctor Strange channelled Inception, Guardians of the Galaxy reworked […]

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Film Review: Baby Driver

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Sound and Vision 

Baby Driver

If there were ever a couple of movies that exemplified the difference style can make to the same story, Drive and Baby Driver would be those movies. Both have familiar elements – the getaway petrolhead who works for a psychopath then meets a girl and plans to get out, only for the world he’s caught […]

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Film Review: Transformers – The Last Knight

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The Last Straw

TF5

A recent piece in the Hollywood Reporter found that a typical fan of Michael Bay’s cockroach-like series, impervious to the nuclear bomb of critical scrutiny, thought Man of Steel was the best movie ever made and Mila Jovovich the best living actress. With data like that making its way into the briefcases of Paramount executives […]

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Film Review: The Mummy (2017)

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An American Arsehole in London

Mummy

As TV sucks all the talent out of the Hollywood system, leaving the dry husk of hollowed entertainments, movies have attempted to fight back by, er, emulating the high concept, lowbrow TV of old – colourful, disposable, episodic. We’ve always had plentiful sequels of course but the aim now is to lock in audiences by […]

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Film Review: Wonder Woman

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A Good Woman Goes to War

WW

Long before DC were reviled as Johnny-Come-Latelys who made inferior, joyless copies of Marvel’s movie output – the “Their Satanic Majesties Request” to the MCU’s “Sgt. Pepper” if you will, they were the only game in town. The likes of Thor and the Hulk were stars of cheesy made-for-TV movies when, under licence, Warner Bros. […]

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