X-Men: Apocalypse

2 1/2 out of 5 stars “Only the Strong  will survive…” this disappointing X-Men movie, I’m afraid. Well, it’s not that bad….. The two hours plus running time speeds along until the film falters in the standard CGI City Meltdown. But where is the nuance? And most important of all the heart – which is the key […]

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The Jungle Book (2016)

Four of five stars. I bet all the other Hollywood studios wanna be like Disney at the moment. Continuing a phenomenal run of box office success, I couldn’t believe that this magical reimagining of the sixties animated classic was all shot in studio in Los Angeles. Vocal work is spot on -casting take a bow […]

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X-Men: Apocalypse

2.5 out of 5 stars With the onset of Superheroes movie fatigue, not to mention the generally well-received (and tonally deliberately distinctive) Captain America: Civil War just weeks before, this new X-Men couldn’t have come at a worst time. While not the disaster that is Batman vs. Superman, this latest franchise extender feels unoriginal, by […]

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A Hologram for the King

3 out of 5 stars This is the story of a man who’s lost in life and lost also in a foreign country, who finds redemption in more ways than one. Not having read the book on which this is based, I can hazard a guess that the random, surreally absurd and episodic feel of […]

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Me Before You

3.5 out of 5 stars … or Laughter Before Tears Superior rom-com (although a large part of me is reluctant to stick it in this box), lifted above the average offerings of this genre by its screenplay, written by the source book’s author (JoJo Moyes). Add engaging leads, a good supporting cast and assured direction […]

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Green Room

4 out of 5 stars Straw Dogs meets Assault on Precinct 13 meets teenage slasher movie meets Jean-Luc Picard… this is a tightly paced and incredibly tense 90 odd minutes with a simple yet effective setup: a bunch of youngsters, in the wrong place at the wrong time, are hunted down by neo-Nazi baddies led […]

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Our Kind of Traitor

3 out of 5 stars A solid thriller but nothing special (and after The Night Manager, it would probably fare better on BBC1 on a Sunday night) with a script that doesn’t really give its main cast much to do other than run around and do expressions of Basil Exposition. It is a prettily shot […]

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Our Kind of Traitor

3 out of 5 stars Carré on spying (sorry … I can’t take credit for the pun!) Unassuming university professor with integrity (Ewan Mc Gregor) + MI6 spook-master (Damien Lewis) vs Russian Mafia and dodgy British MP (Jeremy Northam) with the aid of a Russian mafia money launderer turned rogue (Stellan Skarsgard). Great photography and scene-stealing performance […]

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The Jungle Book

4 out of 5 stars I followed PatronWong’s sound advice (and review) and went to see this funny, and sometimes touching, remake of the well-loved classic. Jaw-dropping visuals and spot-on performances ensure a cinematic treat. Favourite moment – and a tricky one to call – the edit of Kaa’s eye into a cave. Sublime.  

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The Jungle Book

4 out of 5 stars Jumping in late on The Jungle Book bandwagon, there is little need for me to sing the same praises as many others have already done. The film is technically impressive, the rendering on screen of realistic animals that talk, together with the sumptuously detailed background work, places it on top […]

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