Film Review: Creed II

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From Russia with Hate

Warning: This review reveals some aspects of the plot. The Rocky series began as an aspirational drama – the American Dream made flesh. Rocky Balboa, a mumbling blue collar, simple soul with a big heart (enlarged by too many punches to the chest) who took advantage of an American Bicentennial publicity stunt; an offer for […]

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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Doing a George

Two years after J.K Rowling took George Lucas’s hand and jumped through the prequel portal, to the hidden city of Diminishing Returns, we have this second Fantastic Beasts movie; an attempt to convince us that a series based on a thin charity volume was the springboard for an exciting and necessary expansion of the Harry […]

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Film Review: Detainment

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

The last great moral panic in Britain, in the 20th century, was arguably the 1993 murder of the toddler James Bulger. When the nation learned his killers were two delinquent ten year-olds, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (the order’s important and often inverted), who’d snatched the two-year-old from a shopping centre in Bootle, walked him […]

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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Doing a George

Two years after J.K Rowling took George Lucas’s hand and jumped through the prequel portal, to the hidden city of Diminishing Returns, we have this second Fantastic Beasts movie; an attempt to convince us that a series based on a thin charity volume was the springboard for an exciting and necessary expansion of the Harry […]

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Film Review: Detainment

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

The last great moral panic in Britain, in the 20th century, was arguably the 1993 murder of the toddler James Bulger. When the nation learned his killers were two delinquent ten year-olds, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (the order’s important and often inverted), who’d snatched the two-year-old from a shopping centre in Bootle, walked him […]

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Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Mercury Rising

What, you ask, is the point of the biopic? Ostensibly, it’s to illuminate, to add legitimacy to scurrilous gossip, to artistically (or crudely) excavate a life. But there’s another kind of biopic, one that has very little to do with the truth, more chronology, and that type is the brand extension; a form of consolidation […]

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Film Review: Hunter Killer

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Sub-par

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. Millennium Media, pedlars of mid-budget thrills aimed like a sub-launched nuclear missile at less discerning international markets, have once again come up trumps with this geopolitical thriller; made with the best crew the Bulgarian Lev can buy. If you like your movies written for those who […]

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Film Review: Halloween (2018)

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H40

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. The twin pillars of brand recognition and greed aside, what was the reason for reviving the Halloween franchise? After all, there was an anniversary movie 20 years ago in which Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Laurie Strode and decapitated her psychotic brother Michael Myers, […]

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Film Review: First Man

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Living Dangerously 

Kids, do you remember the United States of America? Once the most powerful and exciting country on Earth, a corollary of its weather-making and aspiration was its space programme, ostensibly a means to broaden the horizons of mankind (a term that absorbs women like overspill) and take us to the next stage of our philosophical […]

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Film Review: A Star is Born (2018)

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The Edge of Glory 

Every generation, Hollywood has decreed, deserves their own version of A Star is Born, the rags to riches fantasy with a tragic corollary, that appeared in 1937, 1954 and most recently 1976. The coda to the 2018 version is like a mini-manifesto for the project. Sam Elliot talks about all music being the same 12 […]

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Film Review: Venom

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Sony, stick to making TVs

In the wake of the Marvel juggernaut, Sony, who long ago acquired the rights to Spider-Man and associated characters, and whose retention of said rights was based on using them or losing them, i.e. making movies in perpetuity whether audiences wanted them or not, had to file for creative bankruptcy. They didn’t use that exact […]

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Ed’s Monster Capsule Review Movie Catch Up – September 2018

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It’s been a draining time at the flicks of late. Shall we get into it? A warning that, as ever, some of the reviews below may allude to plot points and/or the fate of characters. They might not of course. The Predator There was much excitement amongst fans of Fox’s Predator franchise when Shane Black […]

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