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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2016

    Immense fun.
    I'm not full on five star on it, but my complaints are minor. Loki is still the only decent villain in the MARVEL Studios movie universe (they do them much better in Daredevil and Jessica Jones). It's a little long. Black Panther isn't really given enough set up. And The Vision looks like a Chuppa Chupp.
    But I am all in on the new Spider-man, and he's given a much more satisfying spot than Wonder Woman was in…

  • Ratchet & Clank

    Ratchet & Clank 2016

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    Cards on the table, I fell asleep for half of this but I caught enough to know it is Saturday Morning cartoon stuff.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2016

    This Hungarian holocaust drama is technically brilliant. Shot in long takes in a tight 4:3 with the camera almost entirely pointed at lead actor Geza Rohrig's face. A harrowing and intimate vision of hell on earth, it is supremely uncomfortable viewing. Often the foreign language Oscar goes to an easy choice.
    Not this time. A modern masterpiece.

    Full review on my blog maxrennblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/some-entirely-inadequate-words-about-son-of-saul-a-portrait-of-hell-on-earth/

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2016

    Florence Foster
    Jenkins manages the difficult feat of being both very funny and very sad. Often within the same scene. Streep is in full effect. There is a very funny performance from Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg. But Hugh Grant steals the film forgoing all his usual mannerisms. Director Stephen Frears basically keeps out of the way. A crowd pleaser.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    I approached Disney's new version of The Jungle Book with trepidation, the animated film is a masterpiece and can't be bettered so why try? 

    Well Jon Favreau's film doesn't try, while it keeps relatively close to the plot of the animated film it radically changes the genre from musical to action film and manages to be as exciting as a Bourne movie. 

    The VFX are truly extraordinary. The film is primarily CGI, but the jungle is the most convincing and fully realised computer generated world since Avatar.

    Be warned, it's too intense for very small children (Idris Elba's Shere Khan is terrifying).

  • Death Wish 3

    Death Wish 3 1985

    ★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2016

    Gets an extra half star for being too incompetent to be as loathsome as Death Wish 2.

  • TRON: Legacy

    TRON: Legacy 2010

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 Apr, 2016

    I still think this is an amazing looking film, the production design is outstanding. One aspect that hasn't held up visually in the six years since its release is the digitally de-aged Jeff Bridges. This never looked that great even in 2010 but now it looks more plastic than ever, the same process on Michael Douglas in Ant-man last year looked significantly better, a sign of how fast the bleeding edge of VFX can gather dust.

    However, while visually it…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2016 2

    Cons: Lex Luthor has no motivation whatsoever; Eisenberg is UNBELIEVABLY annoying; Wonder Woman is in it for three minutes!!! Get a grip everybody; this Batman seems really interesting, why not tell us something about him; the thing that brings Bats and Supes together is hilarious; Doomsday looks like an angry overcooked baked potato; Cavill is given so little to do he might as well be replaced by a frozen side of beef; not enough Alfred; Lois does nothing but make…

  • He Never Died

    He Never Died 2015

    ★½ Rewatched 30 Mar, 2016

    For some reason I was expecting a grim social realist cannibal horror like We Are What We Are, instead I got a load of pseudo religious twaddle. Henry Rollins is passable in the lead role but his performance is artificially elevated because it is surrounded by some truly heinous acting from the supporting cast. The tone of the film is wildly misjudged flailing around trying to be horrific then funny and failing to be either. Christ knows why it has elevator jazz for a soundtrack either.

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2016

  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2016

    Great, it's gonna take me hours to unpick the knots my stomach coiled into watching Green Room.

    More on my blog here maxrennblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/the-return-of-savage-cinema-bone-tomahawk-and-green-room-bring-the-pain/