The Hitman’s Bodyguard ⭐⭐½

The definition of a star-centric vehicle, this film is so tailor-made for its motormouth leads, it is impossible to imagine anyone else other than Samuel L. Jackson as the foul-mouthed Hitman and Ryan Reynolds, his wise cracking Bodyguard. Tom O’Connor fills his script with throwaway quips, irreverent asides, self-referential gags and constant profanity as the […]

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The Dark Tower ⭐⭐

Being a Stephen King fan who has read most of his work, The Dark Tower series is the exception that has eluded me and after seeing the film, I don’t think I have missed anything much. The series of novels have been described as epic and unfilmable but it is hard to see why looking […]

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Tom of Finland ⭐⭐½

This is a biopic on Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland to his many adoring fan, who is the artist behind those beautifully and erotically sketched drawings of extremely muscular men who engage in very explicit sexual activities with other equally muscular men in tight-fitting uniforms and leather gear and more often than not, with […]

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Cape Fear (1962) ⭐⭐⭐

Watching this 1962 B&W original in the majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco for the first time, I got to see why Martin Scorcese saw the potential for a remake. The original’s impact has softened with time and with two big stars such as Gregory Peck and Robert Mitcham attached, either didn’t or couldn’t fully […]

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Logan Lucky ⭐⭐⭐½

Steven Soderbergh comes out of a brief retirement to direct this caper-heist film that really isn’t a million miles away from his Ocean films except the participants are not smooth talking Las Vegas beauties but thickly accented working class West Virginians with battered trucks and a prosthetic arm. Channing Tatum plays the downtrodden mastermind behind […]

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Wind River ⭐⭐⭐½

Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut is a murder mystery set in a Native American reservation shot over a harsh snowy Wyoming setting that gives the film a very cinematic Wild White West feel. Jeremy Renner plays the lone cowboy game tracker on a horse snowmobile with a quiet masculinity while Elizabeth Olsen’s out of depth FBI […]

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Detroit ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The latest from director Kathryn Bigalow and writer Mark Boal following The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty is another unbearably tense film about violent conflicts set against a historical background, only this time the story is real and we return to US soil in 1967 during the riots in the titular city. This is […]

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The Fate of the Furious ⭐⭐

(In-Flight movie #5) And speaking of incoherence and the lack of logic, we have the 8th instalment in the F&F franchise where it is pointless summarizing its inconsequential story here. Suffice to say many movie stars now come in for a bit of facetime to elevate their profiles and of course there are a tons […]

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Snatched ⭐⭐½

(In-Flight movie #4) Coming across as Taken for someone who doesn’t do violence or thrills, the end result is reasonably enjoyable if it didn’t involve the talents of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. In fact, if the film is broken up into sketch length segments, some of them work surprisingly well and I laughed a […]

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CHiPs ⭐

(In-Flight movie #3) I only watched this to see if the reviews for Dax Shepard’s re-imagining of a beloved 80s TV series that I used to watch is as bad as they say it is. Since he wrote, directed and co-starred, with a bemused looking but frankly wasted Michael Pena, any fault will have to […]

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