Film Review: Alien – Covenant

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Blonde Ambition

AC

Warning: This review alludes to plot elements. The problem with the prequel trend begun by George Lucas with 1999’s Phantom Menace has been the over-engineering of the myth; the tendency to add muddled and unnecessary complications to a series once defined by simple, audience-friendly dynamics. Many thought Ridley Scott had erred when 2012’s Prometheus junked […]

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Film Review: Unlocked

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Alice Doesn't Live Anymore

Unlocked

Warning: This review discusses the plot. It’s been a long time since Michael Apted was called upon to deliver a dose of nerve shredding espionage and longer still, given that effort was The World is Not Enough, since he’s managed it. Now he’s back with Unlocked, a budget remake of Brian De Palma’s Mission Impossible, […]

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Film Review: Mindhorn

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Losing the Plot

Mindhorn

Warning: This review contains very little comment on the film itself. I’m afraid I don’t have a great deal to say about Mindhorn, a comedy of sorts, because when I search my memory for the impress of its jokes, the delineated edge of its plot line, I find them absent. Why? Because I sat through […]

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Film Review: Unlocked

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Alice Doesn't Live Anymore

Unlocked

Warning: This review discusses the plot. It’s been a long time since Michael Apted was called upon to deliver a dose of nerve shredding espionage and longer still, given that effort was The World is Not Enough, since he’s managed it. Now he’s back with Unlocked, a budget remake of Brian De Palma’s Mission Impossible, […]

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Film Review: Mindhorn

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Losing the Plot

Mindhorn

Warning: This review contains very little comment on the film itself. I’m afraid I don’t have a great deal to say about Mindhorn, a comedy of sorts, because when I search my memory for the impress of its jokes, the delineated edge of its plot line, I find them absent. Why? Because I sat through […]

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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Dirty Pop

GOTGV2

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot and reveals the fate of major characters. For those filmmakers invited to contribute to the Marvel juggernaut, the presumed audience at least one generation removed from their own, the opportunity has been to rework ideas from their favourite pop cultural touchstones (or in Shane Black’s case, his […]

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Film Review: Fast and the Furious 8

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Car Wars

F8

Warning: This review contains spoilers. The Fast and the Furious 8, a.k.a The Fate of the Furious, a.k.a. bald men arguing over a bomb, is yet another instalment of what now looks to be a permanent biennial event, like Comic Relief only with better jokes. This Wind in the Willows on growth hormones, has morphed […]

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Film Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Robot Wars

GITS

Ghost in the Shell based on the Japanese Manga series of the same name, or Robocop Vs Blade Runner to use its informal title, is a film about the fusion of humanity and robot – the rise of the synthetic and the threat it represents to the soul, whatever that is. Assuming that the marriage […]

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Film Review: Free Fire

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Shoot 'em Up

Free Fire

Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump have, in a very short time, become a formidable British filmmaking partnership. The duo author the screenplays and Wheatley directs with brio and technical acumen. Following intense genre movies like Kill List and A Field in England, they’ve chosen to embrace their inner-Scorsese, going so far as to enlist the […]

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Film Review: Chips

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Bike-Mare

Chips

Now Chips is here, based very loosely on the 1977-83 NBC show about two jobbing California Highway Patrolmen, Manimal is the only vintage TV series left to be adapted. When that happy day comes, and someone mounts the impossible task of making a funny version of a show about a man who can become any […]

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Film Review: The Lost City of Z

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Amazon Prime

Lost City of Z

One can understand why James Gray salivated at the prospect of adapting David Grann’s biography of Percival Fawcett; an early 20th century British army officer and explorer, whose obsession with finding a lost city in the Amazon led to…well, who knows? He became as lost as his quarry; his fate unknown (though we can take […]

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Film Review: Life

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Death

Life

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. The lazy shorthand for Life would be Alien meets Gravity. Unfortunately, Daniel Espinoza’s film is also lazy, so never transcends that one sentence pitch. That’s exactly what you get, beat for beat, set for set, visual effects sequence for visual effects sequence. The design and plot are so […]

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