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  • Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show

    Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show

    ★★★½

    Back in 1996, Dana Carvey was a huge comedy star on NBC's Saturday Night Live and when he decided to leave, a rival TV network offered him his own half hour weekly sketch show. That show was cancelled after airing just 7 episodes.

    This is an excellent documentary that explores just what happens when talented but instinctually subversive comedians clash spectacularly with network and audience expectations.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★½

    In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is training on Dagobah with Yoda and comes across a mysterious cave. Luke asks, "What's in there?" and Yoda replies, "Only what you take with you."

    Whatever view of The Last Jedi you may take with you into that darkened movie theatre to see The Rise of Skywalker, it will most likely colour your opinion of it. Such is the stark difference between the approach the two films take. We are firmly back in…

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joined the U.S. army in 1942 with every intention of doing his part to help in the fight against the Japanese. However, as a committed Christian and the 6th commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' firmly in his mind, he refused to touch a rifle, wanting to serve solely as a battlefield medic.

    If Doss did even half of the heroic deeds depicted in this movie, it's truly amazing.…

  • Split

    Split

    ★★½

    After a series of duds, M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a director was so dead in Hollywood you almost needed a Sixth Sense to see it. His film career stank the place up like a month-old corpse.

    The whiff started with Lady In the Water (2006) and then developed into a foul stench with The Happening (2008). His work-for-hire movies that followed, The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013), confirmed that his name had become so toxic that the…