Independence Day: Resurgence

2 out of 5 stars It is to no one’s surprise that Independence Day: Ridiculous is a piece of nonsense as loud, dumb, and overblown as its predecessor 20 years ago; only this time without Will Smith, there is unfortunately also less charisma to go round. Most of the other older cast members are back […]

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Tale of Tales

4 out of 5 stars On paper, a 2hr film interweaving three unconnected ‘fairy-tales’ using a Europudding cast with Italian special effects just doesn’t sound very promising. Thankfully the film proves me wrong. It is confidently directed by Matteo Garrone and it’s been a while since I have last come across a script as assured […]

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The Nice Guys

3.5 out of 5 stars Who would have thought that two actors NOT known for their comedic chops could have such comedic timing and chemistry? Watching Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling riffing off each other is the best thing about this film for me. Shane Black adds a sheen of 70s chic and coolness with […]

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Love and Friendship

3.5 out of 5 stars A surprising treat of a movie. Witty, often subversive, with great performances. Kate Beckinsale is top notch here as Lady Susan, the delightfully calculating femme fatale. But perhaps the star of of the show is Tom Bennet’s Sir James Martin. The scene with him enthralled by a plate of peas (‘tiny green […]

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The Nice Guys

3 out of 5 stars Odd-couple gumshoe movie, set in the 70’s, which works for most of its (just shy of) 2 hours running time. Pleasantly bonkers plot and a funktastic soundtrack. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and if you don’t take it too seriously either you should be thoroughly entertained.

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Holding The Man

3 out of 5 stars Living under the combined shadows of classics such as Brokeback Mountain, Beautiful Thing, Parting Glances and Angels in America to name but a few, the Gay Love Story set in the age of Aids has been done better before. It therefore helps that this distinguishes itself by being set in […]

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10 Cloverfield Lane

3 out of 5 stars Finally managed to catch up with this film a few months late and surprisingly I was able to block most of the spoilers to find…. well, it doesn’t really matter in the end. This is a tightly scripted and solidly executed thriller with no big marquee names. The main trio […]

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Money Monster

3.5 out of 5 stars A number of things stand out for me while watching this enjoyable, entertaining thriller. Jodie Foster knows her pacing and can direct very well. More often than not, the script is smart enough to confront and then bypass clichés and keeps sentimentality in check – even until its bitter end. […]

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