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  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2016

    Denis Villeneuve (or Dennis as I have spelt it and pronounced it in the past) is sure creating something of a remarkable back catalogue. His last film Sicario was a masterpiece of tense thrills, strategic and naïve warfare and yet more evidence that Denis is a great director of actors and actresses (superb trio of performances from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin.) So it is interesting to his followers that he has put his craft to the sci-fi genre. The…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    I shouldn't speak too much about Midnight Special..the less you know the better. However if you can give it time and are patient it is a movie worth visiting. Some will be put off by its at times sedate narrative but the characters all ring true. Maybe I am biased towards Jeff Nicholls. His three films to date have been brilliant pieces of story telling. (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and my fave of 2013 Mud.)
    Though there was a moment…

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  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2 2013

    ★★½ Added

    Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
    The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    For a movie that primarily puts slot A into slot B I am somewhat surprised I am hailing this as not only one of the greatest action genre pics ever made but one of the greatest cinematic experiences for the last ten years. That common phrase we use so often of 'They do not make films like that anymore'(after watching a cult classic such as Cliffhanger or Robocop) can be struck down after watching this 90's infused, often surprisingly tender…