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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★

    Silly but somewhat effective sci-fi horror that gets better - if not more ludicrous - as it goes. Nicolas Cage gets to his Cage freak-out routine about half way through, and by that time the movie has veered way off the rails, so he’s squarely in sync with the material.

    Some trippy, fever-dream visuals and one legitimately scary shot of an attack in an attic punctuate director Richard Stanley’s long-awaited return to the director's chair with his adaptation of the…

  • Micki & Maude

    Micki & Maude

    ★★½

    Plodding Blake Edwards/Dudley Moore farce that circles the runway but never quite leaves the tarmac. The last twenty-odd minutes of high-stakes slamming door-style farce in the hospital doesn’t really make up for the fact that this is a pretty inert comedy with a premise that all the characters have to be dumb enough to make the plot stick.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    For some surprising reasons, taking the colour out of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD makes an already-brilliant film:

    1.) More Sinister - the Citadel world was much more frightening and oppressive in B&W, assigning the setting the physical and psychological Hell it surely was for these characters

    2.) More Detailed - the viewer's eye is drawn into not just the actors, but to their expressive faces, as well as to the landscapes and especially the production's vehicle design

    3.) Easier To…

  • 21 & Over

    21 & Over

    ½

    21 & OVER is about as derivative and thoroughly unlikable a motormouth comedy as you'll find. It's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    Jon Lucas & Scott Moore - the writers of THE HANGOVER - attempt another night-in-the-life fable of wild partying and male bonding through embarrassing situations, this time replacing the smug mid-thirties assholes with entitled college-aged assholes. Big switch.

    The deja-vu set-up finds a straight-A Med student (Justin Chon) dragged out for a collegial beer or two on the night…