Film Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Historical Overdub 

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. Like every movie he’s made since Jackie Brown, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a sumptuous but slight effort from Quentin Tarantino. Long ago, around the time he decided to Kill Bill, the former video store clerk turned parasitic auteur, abandoned the discipline of tight narrative construction […]

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Film Review: Fast and Furious – Hobbs and Shaw

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Men Together 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the stupid plot. When your drag racing cum heist cum international espionage super franchise (I was hoping to squeeze one more “cum” into that sentence) goes on an involuntary hiatus, with the next entry in this making-it-up-as-we-go-along fest delayed due to a fall out between star Vin Diesel […]

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Film Review: The Current War

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AC/DC

Though it’s two years old – delayed as the celluloid casualty of producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory libido, The Current War was nevertheless produced in an era when streaming services are in the ascendant at the expense of traditional big screen distractions. It’s an historical drama about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse – a couple of 19th century entrepreneurs […]

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Film Review: Fast and Furious – Hobbs and Shaw

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Men Together 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the stupid plot. When your drag racing cum heist cum international espionage super franchise (I was hoping to squeeze one more “cum” into that sentence) goes on an involuntary hiatus, with the next entry in this making-it-up-as-we-go-along fest delayed due to a fall out between star Vin Diesel […]

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Film Review: The Current War

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AC/DC

Though it’s two years old – delayed as the celluloid casualty of producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory libido, The Current War was nevertheless produced in an era when streaming services are in the ascendant at the expense of traditional big screen distractions. It’s an historical drama about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse – a couple of 19th century entrepreneurs […]

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Film Review: The Lion King (2019)

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Lifelessness from Life 

There are two things to say about Disney’s unnecessary remake of their 1994 animated smash. The first is that it’s a technical marvel; a breathtakingly detailed photorealistic rendering of African planes and the myriad of animals that populate them. As a technical achievement that follows the work on Jon Favreau’s previous Disney remake, The Jungle […]

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Film Review: Stuber

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All's Fare...

Warning: This review contains plot elements and alludes to the fate of a character. Perhaps it’s best you don’t read it at all. Given the current state of American film comedy you might be forgiven for having rock bottom expectations for this tired old mismatched buddy comedy with a novel spin – namely a supercop […]

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Film Review: Anna

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Model Agent 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the convoluted plot.  Luc Besson, whatever you think of him, knows what he likes – young and comely assassins, European locations – well, Paris, and plenty of stylised, conspicuously choreographed violence. Anna delivers all these time worn ingredients but it’s missing a couple of things that elevate this kind […]

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Film Review: Annabelle Comes Home

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Basement Dwellers

The seventh in the Conjuring series (I know) squeezes the last drops from a formula that’s well and truly spent. Having diversified with trips to England, prequels, and a spin-off set in a World War 2 convent featuring Christ’s tears (no, really), the plot of this latest prequel (and direct sequel to the original for […]

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Film Review: The Dead Don’t Die

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Two Hour Wank

I suppose there’s a time when even the most prestigious independent filmmakers fancy cutting loose and riffing on their favourite lowbrow genre movies. The Dead Don’t Die is such a film. Jim Jarmusch evidently loves the zombie flicks of George Romero; many of us do. But if you have the artistic clout to convince a […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man – Far from Home

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Attack of the Drones

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot.  This Avengers: Endgame epilogue asks the not unreasonable question, what now? If the MCU is going to continue it’s going to need a new set of Avengers, and maybe a new purpose. What’s the next set of stories going to be about? Who are they going […]

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Film Review: Midsommer

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Slow Burner

Warning: This review discusses the plot. Please attend your nearest pagan festival before reading on. Asi Aster’s Hereditary encore provides a useful checklist of things to avoid if you’re an inattentive boyfriend who wants to cut his dysfunctional and grief stricken girl loose but feels trapped – particularly after her bipolar sister complicates matters further […]

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