Film Review: X-Men – Apocalypse

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The Flashy but Empty '80s 

XMENA

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. In the third of the First Class trilogy begun with such verve and intelligence by Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman, the 1983 iterations of familiar characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey, exit another trilogy closer, Return of the Jedi. They debate the virtues of the three […]

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Film Review: Angry Birds

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Bird Brained

AB

What possible reason could adults have for being angry with Angry Birds, an adaptation of a smart phone game that hit peak zeitgeist around 7 years ago? On first glance, if you relax your eyes, all appears average for a computer animated kids’ movie. There’s anthropomorphised animals, the usual dull messages about lonely outsiders who […]

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Film Review: Our Kind of Traitor

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Guarding Skarsgård

OKOT

Is Our Kind of Traitor your kind of movie? Well, that depends on how you like your John le Carré adaptations. If you take them stylish and ever so slightly mannered, with characters like Damien Lewis’s MI6 section man, imported from an old Bond film, then you may be tempted. If you like your espionage […]

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Film Review: Angry Birds

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Bird Brained

AB

What possible reason could adults have for being angry with Angry Birds, an adaptation of a smart phone game that hit peak zeitgeist around 7 years ago? On first glance, if you relax your eyes, all appears average for a computer animated kids’ movie. There’s anthropomorphised animals, the usual dull messages about lonely outsiders who […]

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Film Review: Our Kind of Traitor

Posted on:

Guarding Skarsgård

OKOT

Is Our Kind of Traitor your kind of movie? Well, that depends on how you like your John le Carré adaptations. If you take them stylish and ever so slightly mannered, with characters like Damien Lewis’s MI6 section man, imported from an old Bond film, then you may be tempted. If you like your espionage […]

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Film Review: Green Room

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"Now let's kill that fucking band."

Green Room

From Blue Ruin’s Jeremy Saulnier, comes Green Room, not just a shift in the colour spectrum, but a fresh spin on the former noir’s potent themes – everyman protagonists up against a barbarous foe, middle class America facing its worse fear: racist blue collar psychopaths. Saulnier’s follow up offers the delicious promise of a hard […]

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Film Review: Captain America – Civil War

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Super Schism 

CACW

Warning: Review contains very minor plot details. You may want to read a spoiler-heavy review of this title before indulging.  Not for nothing did Marvel aficionados and neutral observers alike react to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with exhaustion. Each instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a slave to the franchise imperative – […]

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Film Review: Eye in the Sky

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Refer Up 

EITS

Movies do not typically offer a nuanced view of Western Foreign policy, defence and the war on terrorism. Hollywood producers and their imitators identity with the hawkish and imperialist in a bid to make their thrillers simple binary, good versus evil affairs, in which the superior secular moral stylings of civilised nations go up against […]

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Film Review: Space Cop

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Watching the Watchers  

Space Cop

In the interests of transparency, because you’d expect nothing less, I must declare an interest in respect of the review that follows. The Ooh Tray paid a whopping, pocket molesting, $54 USD for the privilege of watching RedLetterMedia’s long gestating passion project; a sci-fi comedy conceived before a series of video essays featuring a geriatric […]

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Film Review: Midnight Special

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Rising Son

Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed the low-key and intimate Mud, the story of a boy who befriends a fugitive, inverts the dynamic in this serious sci-fi movie about a father taking the son he’s broken out of Sam Shepard’s “ranch”, a southern religious commune (or cult), to an otherworldly rendezvous. Like John Carpenter’s Starman, […]

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Film Review: The Huntsman – Winter’s War

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Rotten Apples

Huntsman 2

Four long years ago, in the land of movies, Snow White and the Huntsmen was a modest hit and unremarkable addition to the recent spate of so-called adult fairy tales that Hollywood’s embraced as a recent strategy for getting new money for old rope (later superseded by the disguised remake). Universal obviously thought there more […]

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Film Review: Hardcore Henry

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Ready Player один

 

Hardcore Henry

Put your ear to the ground or wrap a grapevine around your head, and you’ll hear some suggesting that Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry is the future of action cinema. If that’s true, it’s a regressive future where the genre’s devolved, replacing the presumably passé experience of a thrilling narrative stocked with compelling characters, suspense and […]

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