Ben Ramsay

Favourites are the last four movies I rated above 4 stars.

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  • Grimsby

    Grimsby

    ★★

    The Liam Gallagher anecdote behind Nobby's haircut is funnier than most of the film.

    There's a bulk of gross-out humour that should work alongside some goofy slapstick action but Leterrier's direction is so choppy and the editing so messy that it's hard to figure out what's going on most of the time.

    However, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong are a joy to watch together, I almost cried laughing at the elephant sequence.

  • Last Shift

    Last Shift

    ★★★

    Neat and nasty.

    Worth watching for the strong performance of Juliana Harkavy and it's gleeful haunted house trickery. The flashlight/locked cell sequence is a doozy.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    Really enjoyed it.

    Powerful, timely filmmaking with an on-form firecracker script from Sorkin (though not without some frustrations) and incredible performances. The turns from Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong are among the finest I've seen this year.

    It's a huge step up from Molly's Game, even if Sorkin's direction never lives up to his material or his cast. The camera too often played static against the frenetic, venomous exchanges of dialogue. Emotional beats often undercut with shmaltz, soaring music and soapy melodrama. It would be interesting to see what Spielberg's version would have looked like.

  • Jug Face

    Jug Face

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is almost crippled by one horrendous, laughably naff creative choice but is otherwise a terrific example of world-building and crafting atmosphere with a low budget and a short runtime.

    Sean Bridgers! Lauren Ashley Carter!

    Oh, and those opening titles are gorgeous.