Film Review: The Meg

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Damp Squib 

Okay, here’s the spectrum for shark movies. At one end you have Jaws, Spielberg’s classic suspense thriller that married Hitchcockian tension with vivid characters. It may be a movie about nothing in the grand scheme of things, a foretaste of the blockbuster era to come, but it’s still the best fin flick ever made. At […]

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Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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A Small Aside

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. Following the Thanos cataclysm, many thought a light-hearted Ant-Man sequel was a curious choice for a follow-up in a mapped out cinematic universe. In a risk averse series, it feels like a box office gamble; an inconsequential offering between big sequels – the Solo to your […]

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Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

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The Fall Guy 

Do you remember the excitement when Sam Mendes took over the Bond series? No, me neither. But amongst some pliable critics, anticipation built around the idea of a prestige action movie. The theatre and occasional film director would imbue the material with greater heft, they said – we’d have artistry, psychological depth. But Skyfall and […]

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Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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A Small Aside

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. Following the Thanos cataclysm, many thought a light-hearted Ant-Man sequel was a curious choice for a follow-up in a mapped out cinematic universe. In a risk averse series, it feels like a box office gamble; an inconsequential offering between big sequels – the Solo to your […]

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Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

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The Fall Guy 

Do you remember the excitement when Sam Mendes took over the Bond series? No, me neither. But amongst some pliable critics, anticipation built around the idea of a prestige action movie. The theatre and occasional film director would imbue the material with greater heft, they said – we’d have artistry, psychological depth. But Skyfall and […]

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Film Review: Skyscraper

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Between The Rock and a Die Hard place

30 years to the week since the release of Die Hard, Universal have dared to hijack the anniversary with this shameless remake; a sanitised version of one of the greatest action movies ever made. In the intervening years, we’ve had Die Hard relocated to just about every setting you can think of, a bus, battleship; […]

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Film Review: Incredibles 2

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Clean Code

There’s a certain arrogance in picking up where you left off 14 years after your original cartoon. Does Disney imagine the world is so familiar with The Incredibles, that we’ve all got a copy on our shelf somewhere, that we’ve all watched it so many times, with our imaginary children, that we can just simply […]

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Film Review: Hotel Artemis

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Guestimation

Hotel Artemis is a real head scratcher. This isn’t because it’s a meticulously crafted thriller, resplendent with characters sporting complex motivations, secrets, and finely entwined back stories. Rather, it’s been thoroughly muddled in conception. It’s likely that Drew Pearce was aiming for a futuristic spin on the hotel from John Wick coupled with the claustrophobic […]

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Film Review: Ocean’s 8

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Bullock's Babes

Discussion of this continuity reboot of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, itself a remake of a 1960 Frank Sinatra all-star heist movie, will inevitably focus on the gender flipping of the cast. Gone are the dongs, enter the foofs. Chief amongst them: Sandra Bullock as the hitherto unmentioned sister of George Clooney’s Penis Ocean, who, like […]

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Film Review: Hereditary

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A Walking Study in Demonology

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. Hereditary has inherited many of the preoccupations that haunt contemporary horror movies – disturbed children, large houses hosting malevolent entities, creepy child drawings, humanoid figures lurking in dark corners, demon worship, dread inducing aural motifs, and many more. All the hits are here but unlike its spiritual […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

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Park Life

Warning: This review discusses the recycled plot. It’s been three years since life found a way to reboot the Jurassic Park franchise in the form of Jurassic World, a disguised remake (both of Park and Jaws 3) that doubled as a funny on paper in-joke about resorting to desperate measures to renew interest in an […]

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Film Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

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Howard's Way

Warning: This review alludes to minor spoilers, though not really, not if you know anything about Star Wars. When Ron Howard is summoned to the film crimes court in The Hague, the charge against him, heard by a jury of Last Jedi fans, will be that he took the safe course to Kessel. His Star […]

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