Triple 9

3 out of 5 stars Solidly directed cop-heist drama with enough tension to sustain the almost 2hrs duration, even though the script feels a little derivative – I just can’t shake the feeling that I have seen this before – and the ending is a tad too neat and tidy for a film that strives […]

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Bone Tomahawk

3.5 out of 5 stars Splicing into The Searchers the DNA of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with a soupçon of Predator), and the end result is this B-Western with good production values and a wonderfully watchable cast made up of TV character actors (Fargo, Banshee, Lost) and Kurt Russell. The genre based script is smart, simple […]

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Deadpool

3.5 out of 5 stars Postmodern and self-aware to great comical effect, the film is at its most entertaining and fresh when it doesn’t take itself very seriously. Additional profanity and gratuitous violence gives the film a hip look and it wears that R/15 rating like a badge of honour. A passion project for both […]

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Son of Saul

2 out of 5 stars Credit must be given for a film that manages to find a new and interesting angle to tell a story not often told in the overworked genre of WWII and the Holocaust and technically, the use of an intimately close and continuous tracking shot on our main protagonist’s face, so […]

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Spotlight

3.5 out of 5 stars Another issue orientated Oscar contender with a great ensemble cast (interestingly, the less famous faces playing the victims are more touching and authentic than original Batman and Hulk (2012- ) – though what Rachel McAdams did to get nominated is a headscratcher to me), but with the subject matter being […]

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Son of Saul

2.5 out of 5 stars A front runner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars but I would like to nominate it for an alternative, new category … ‘Artistically worthy but not enjoyable’. A tough watch, not only in terms of the subject matter – set in Auschwitz at the end of WWII […]

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Trumbo

3.5 out of 5 stars A very likeable film, especially for cineastes and fans of 50s Hollywood (take ½ star off my rating if you aren’t one), anchored by a magnificent turn by Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo and very ably supported by an ensemble cast, in particular Helen Mirren and Michael Stuhlbarg. While it […]

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Our Name Is Crisis

2.5 out of 5 stars (In-Flight movie #5) This could really be more edgy or takes a few more risks in the script but instead, we have a fairly safe film where salient points are made via numerous quotations and the plotting is pretty conventional by the standard of its genre. Sandra Bullock and Billy […]

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I Am Somebody (我是路人甲)

3.5 out of 5 stars (In-Flight movie #4) A fascinating glimpse into the world of China’s largest movie studio, or Chinese Hollywood as it’s being called, Hengdian is where youngsters descend looking for stardom, end up being extras on film and TV productions to make a living. Writer-director, Tung-Shing Yee who used to be a […]

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Minions

3 out of 5 stars (In-Flight movie #3) Supposedly an exercise to extend the success of the Despicable Me franchise and more importantly the almost limitless potential in merchandising possibilities, this should’ve been really awful but it is thankfully rather imaginatively written and even occasionally very funny, that is until the story landed in Britain, […]

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