Film Review: Sausage Party

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For the sake of Fuck

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If you’re a fan of Seth Rogen’s retinue (Jonah Hill, James Franco, etc) and their brand of lewd, self-aware, stoner comedy – hard on improvisation and free wheelin’ crudity, soft on wit – you’ve probably wondered if it’s any funnier when animated, with the real world schlubs replaced by anthropomorphised food and supermarket products. The […]

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Film Review: Hell or High Water

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Texan Hold Up

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If David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water is one of the year’s finest thrillers, it’s because it understands that the best American cinema came out of the 1970s, and can be earmarked as such because of its interest in personal stories with pertinent and profound social themes. In other words, American film at its best […]

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Film Review: War Dogs

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The Strange World of Hill and Teller

War Dogs

It’s curious that no matter how many true stories you see based on some form of gangsterism, resulting in murder, the disruption of families and federal prosecution, they all seem to resemble Martin Scorsese movies. War Dogs is Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street, without the heft, or indeed, the threat. The real world […]

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Film Review: Hell or High Water

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Texan Hold Up

hohw

If David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water is one of the year’s finest thrillers, it’s because it understands that the best American cinema came out of the 1970s, and can be earmarked as such because of its interest in personal stories with pertinent and profound social themes. In other words, American film at its best […]

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Film Review: War Dogs

Posted on:

The Strange World of Hill and Teller

War Dogs

It’s curious that no matter how many true stories you see based on some form of gangsterism, resulting in murder, the disruption of families and federal prosecution, they all seem to resemble Martin Scorsese movies. War Dogs is Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street, without the heft, or indeed, the threat. The real world […]

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Film Review: The Purge – Election Year

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One Nation, Under Guns

Purge 3

Well, we’ve reached the third movie in James DeMonaco’s unlikely horror trilogy, and I think it’s time to say what we’ve all been thinking – no, not that we’re bored, but that the purge is nothing but a satirical exaggeration of the US second amendment. Oh come on, you know it’s true. God, guns and […]

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Film Review: Mechanic – Resurrection

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The Name's Bishop...

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Don’t worry if you can’t remember Jason Statham’s 2011 remake of The Mechanic (cockney rhyming slang for Sydenham brute). No one does. But it must have made a few quid because five years later The Stath, London’s most successful export since Jack the Ripper, is once again Arthur Bishop, the world class assassin (and former […]

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Film Review: Bad Moms

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The Unkindest Cut

Bad Moms

I have a foreskin. If you’re a female reader and disgusted by that, I’m sorry to inform you (and sorry that you found out via a humble review website where it’s likely you did not expect this kind of correction), that you’re sexually retarded and guilty of gross, indefensible hypocrisy – namely holding men to […]

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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: 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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