The Circle ⭐⭐

As slick and shiny as this “cyber thriller” looks, it is sadly closer to a half-baked episode of Black Mirror that doesn’t quite make the grade. I imagined the film’s studio head must be thrilled to be rolling this out off the back of Beauty and the Beast, as Emma Watson finds a role here […]

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Their Finest ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Drama about the making of a propaganda film in the Second World War. I suspect you are looking at the poster for this film and you think you’ve seen it already.  Or you’ve seen the trailer and  classified it as  cosy, comfortable viewing – but not something I’d watch at the cinema. But I’d suggest […]

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Free Fire ⭐⭐⭐

The set up is economical and enticing: Tarantino-esque (though closer to The Hateful Eight than Reservoir Dogs) with a British sense of humour; and Ben Wheatley manages to conjure up a film with a handful of watchable and recognizable actors made almost unrecognizable with 70s facial hair (even Patrick Bergin pops in from the 90s […]

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Ghost In The Shell ⭐⭐⭐

Perhaps it is because not being a fan I do not consider the original Anime sacred texts or perhaps I just get such a kick out of seeing Hong Kong, the place I grew up in, enhanced by way of Inception style cinematography and Blade Runner/The Fifth Element production designs, but I find Rupert Sanders’ […]

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Get Out ⭐⭐⭐

In Jordan Peele’s debut, he officially declares his independence, not only from the comedic partnership of Key & Peele but also from their sketch comedy roots; nevertheless, it still lurks in the background in a film that comes across as a sketch idea that ends up translating better than expected in feature length form. There […]

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The Salesman (Ir) ⭐⭐⭐

A couple moves into an apartment that unbeknown to them was occupied by a less than honorable woman (code for prostitute) and the wife is attacked by someone who might have mistaken her for the previous tenant. All this takes place while a theatre company, in which the couple are the leads, are in final […]

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Life ⭐⭐½

A very genre specific sci-fi horror film in which we find a bunch of scientists on a space station orbiting Earth discovering a single cell Lifeform in samples received from Mars that soon multiplies into a nasty Predator, and turn our scientists into Alien chow.  Conventionally made this Alien clone might also remind you of […]

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