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  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★

    Whenever this director is involved we expect a twist of some sort, a sting in the tail, something which will catch us unawares.

    In this instance there is a twist but it's not nearly enough to make this film anything more than a run-of-the-mill found footage horror. In fact, if anything, said twist makes the film somehow less interesting and leaves the viewer feeling strangely unfulfilled.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

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

    The only thing stopping me from giving this a four or higher is the disappointing final act. Up to that point it had been the perfect mix of tense horror and intrigue, with the action sequences matched by Fassbender's brilliant turn as both Walter and David.

    But the rest of the cast aren't endearing enough and I found it hard to root for any of them, so much so that by the end, when there's just two left to fight…

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  • Four Minutes

    Four Minutes

    ★★★★

    Like Whiplash, but German, with pianos. Also features aggressive lady prisoners, forbidden love and WWII flashbacks.

    A really entertaining and enjoyable mentor-protegee film which, despite following fairly well-worn lines, manages to surprise and delight right till the end.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Having been unmoved by the generously-received, Force Awakens, I quite enjoyed this entry into the SW franchise. Much of this enjoyment came from the dual leads, Felicity Jones on the side of good, Ben Mendelson ('World's Greatest Actor') on that of evil.

    Jones in particular is dynamic as the spiritual leader of a rebel group sent to track down the Death Star diagnostics, and it's somewhat of a shame that she wasn't cast in the role Daisy Ridley occupies in…