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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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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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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