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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    I thought that the idea of a prequel was to remove encumbrances that linear storytelling had imposed; ie death or a happy ending. This one prefers to strip the character of everything we love about him, re-explain each moment that made him that character, underline it and still not resolve him into a cohesive character by the end.

    It would help if it didn't look like shit most of the time and that it wasn't also made by the most…

  • The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    ★★★★★

    A film perceived as a cold and calculated attempt by Disney to replicate its Pirates franchise elsewhere, it's no secret that in all financial aspects, The Lone Ranger was an abject failure. That perception is not entirely unfair as it's no doubt the key reason Disney gave Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer over $200 million dollars to make this movie. Critics seemed to revile it before it was even released, Disney were coming for your summer dollars with a disingenuous…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I wish I had a GoPro on my face while watching this. I actually started hyperventilating at one point from the truly awesome spectacle on screen. It is a better sequel than anyone could have believed possible. Its almost as if George Miller has done nothing but think about this movie since Road Warrior. It loses half a star for Tom Hardy's strange performance and because we never get Max driving *The Interceptor* in an action set piece. Otherwise divinely…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    ★★★★

    Upon seeing the poster for this film, I understood exactly what it was, what it would be, and how I would feel about it.
    Although I'm not a big fan of the single actor on a soundstage sub genre (Phone booth, Buried, Locke) there was something too right about it being Robert Redford battling the elements in deeply thematic and allegorical waters (see what I did there?).
    It didn't disappoint.