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  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ½

    A sequel to the well-tailored 2014 spy comedy. This time, the Kingsman service comes under attack by a drug cartel, fronted by Julianne Moore.

    There’s one scene in this film where our protagonist has to implant a GPS tracker onto a female target using a finger condom that must make contact with a ‘mucous membrane’. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the setup to a ‘dirty mind’ joke and they actually meant something else.

    Nope. He goes into a…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★½

    Spidey’s back and this time he’s been roped into the Marvel Universe, which means he buddies up with Tony Stark and he’s allowed to make jokes about Captain America.

    Michael Keaton plays a literal Birdman (Get it? Because of that other movie he did!) with a wing suit, but he’s just a guy trying to make a living. It’s sort of refreshing to see a villain who isn’t seeking world domination; although by the end his motives never really mattered.…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) carves a niche for himself capturing video footage of horrific accidents then selling it on to news stations. The lengths he goes to in order to do his job get more and more extreme.

    This one has knocked me for six. Gyllenhaal pulls off the performance of a lifetime in this neo-noir thriller. He plays creepy sociopath Lou Bloom, with a shit eating grin and a head full of bland business mottoes off the internet. Somehow…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    A former super hero franchise movie star tries to make it on the stage.

    As if we needed more proof that an Academy Award means very little, Birdman won best film.

    90% of this is supposed to come off as one take, the parts being spliced together smoothly using movie magic. That’s quite the technical feat and it sort of works. Ironically enough it’s also one of the film’s greatest weaknesses.

    What’s the point in having what is a film-defining…