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  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2015

    A revenge actioner starring Keanu Reeves as the put upon titular character of the piece seeking bloody vengeance after his dog is murdered by the son of the city's Uber Crimelord, 'John Wick' wears it's serious face as well as it wears it's sharply cut suits, betrayed only by the glint in it's eye as it revels in the glorious mayhem it portrays for your entertainment.
    With action that plays like a live-action 'Hotline Miami' (the magnificent club scene in…

  • The Visit

    The Visit 2015

    ★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2015

    A safe, but not unpleasurable, horror from M. Night Shyamalan proving there's life in the old dog yet. Fairly amusing, chillingly odd and at times scary, 'The Visit' utilises it's found-footage style well and the film is helped along by a solid cast all playing their parts well, Deanna Dunagan in particular excels as the kid's Nana.
    It may be too early to say "he's back!", but I feel Shyamalan has taken a sizeable step away from being the Hollywood punchline he became and somewhere closer to the M. Night we all knew and loved.

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2015

    Not as polished as Bond.
    Not as bombastic as M:I.
    Not as funny as Spy.
    Not as OTT as Kingsman.
    But what The Man from U.N.C.L.E does have is charm by the bucketload. Fully embracing the 60's period, Guy Ritchie's latest entertains throughout without reaching the lofty heights of the previously mentioned movies.
    It's pretty much a clothes rack masquerading as a spy adventure, but what a clothes rack. Costume designer Joanna Johnston will deserve a mention come award season.…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    There are few certainties in life. Death, taxes and Ethan Hunt with his IMF cohorts being disavowed only to wreak havoc on the bad lads threatening global upheaval with maguffins.
    And that continues here with 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', teaming up Tom Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie once again after their collaboration on the criminally underappreciated 'Jack Reacher'.
    This time around Ethan Hunt must track down the "Syndicate", a supposed anti-IMF who perform acts of global terrorism only to…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four 2015

    ★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015

    History hasn't been kind to the cinematic world the Fantastic Four. Whether it be the Roger Corman produced 90's movie (which admittedly I haven't seen) or the much maligned Tim Story efforts (the first of which I kinda dug), there isn't a great deal of love out there.
    Fast forward to today and we have yet another attempt to bring Marvel's first family to the silver screen, this time from the mind of director Josh Trank. Signs seemed good from…

  • Maggie

    Maggie 2015

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2015

    This lady's not for turning.
    Unless she's turning into a zombie. Right, guys? Right?
    Don't worry. I hate me too.

  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler 2014

    ★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2015 1

    It seems the hot streak of director Thomas McCarthy has come to a shuddering halt with 'The Cobbler'. After such work as 'Win, Win', 'The Visitior' and my favourite of his, 'The Station Agent', hopes were high going into this fantasy lark about Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), the titular cobbler of the piece who discovers that his fathers shoe repair shop has a magical thingamajig that enables him to "become" his customers or at least a facsimile of them if…

  • Knock Knock

    Knock Knock 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2015 4

    A.k.a. Funny Dames

    'Knock Knock' is a decent home invasion thriller from Eli Roth which attempts to meld together 'Wild Things' and 'Funny Games'.
    Ridiculous it may be, but you can't help but be entertained not only by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the torturous antagonists of the piece (they're both great btw), but also by Keanu Reeves giving a performance so wonderfully awful that it'll give Nic Cage the willies. Careful Neo, the good grace from John…

  • Entourage

    Entourage 2015

    ★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2015

    Sex and the City for bros, 'Entourage' manages the unimaginable feat of making Piers Morgan the least abhorrent person in the room.
    Which is an achievement of sorts I suppose.

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai 2015

    Watched 09 Jun, 2015

    A film so wretched, when it finished I immediately had a shave because I don't want to be associated with having any kind of facial hair ever again.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jun, 2015

    I originally had no desire to watch 'Spy'. Previous lead efforts for Mellissa McCarthy had left me cold with their quality, or lack thereof. How had the breakout star (one of many I should add) of 'Bridesmaids' been offered so much disappointing crud such as 'Tammy', 'The Heat' and 'Identity Thief'. Signs were not good.
    But my reservations had not completely taken hold. She was the best thing in both 'This is 40' and 'St. Vincent', add to that the…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 May, 2015

    A Kickstarter backed project from the guys and gals at Laser Unicorns, Kung Fury is a neon drenched tour de force. Blood is spilled, ribs are firmly tickled and a hell of a lot of fun was had.
    It's got it all. No, really. It has everything you need for a rollickingly good action flick. Cops, robbers, arcade machine robots, ninjas, time travel, Gatling gun toting Valkrye warrior women, gods, dinosaurs, nazis, a Lambourghini and a kick-ass soundtrack. And all…