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  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    Jungle Book is a genuinely thrilling and at times scary revisiting of a well trod classic, using the animal set pieces from the original to showcase kinetic and brilliantly staged action/adventure set pieces . Nods to the Disney animation in the right places but tells its own tale with a few intriguing changes to the text - especially towards the end which has a pleasingly anti-Empire message . The most essential and best use of 3D since Gravity and jaw dropping cgi work on both the animals and environment. Highlights are Murray's bumbling stoner bear and Walken's reimagining of King Louie as Colonel Kurtz.

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2016

    Not the grindhouse "Cowboys vs Cannibals" you might have expected from some of the coverage around the web but a much more languid, classically paced, men-on-a-mission western in the style of The Searchers. A phenomenal cast, in which Richard Jenkins deserves more of the plaudits (it's always going to be tough when you're acting against 2015's biggest star - Kurt Russell's facial hair), performing a talky but incredibly sharp script. When the violent finale finally arrives, boy you better be…

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  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★★ Added 1

    From its opening beaver shot to the breathtakingly unpleasant climax that caused 25% of the audience i saw it with to walk out, Killer Joe is a sweaty piece of gutter-sleaze shot through with humour so black you'll struggle to find it amongst the sexual horror on-screen. William Friedkin, I salute you.

  • The Hole

    The Hole 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jan, 2012 3

    Triumphant return to the big-screen for one of genre filmmaking's contemporary masters. Creepy scares that work for both kids and adults, brilliant use of 3D (if you have a 3D enabled TV this is one of the few must-buys), and great cameo from the mighty Bruce Dern. The fact that it still remains unreleased in North America is exceptionally depressing and a perfect example of the shortsightedness of the industry when it comes to interesting, non-franchised, genre film-making.