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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★½

    This sequel takes the original film’s balance of an adult ABBA musical told with stunt-casted stars and inverts it, so that we’re saddled with uncharismatic young actors playing those older actors, singing and dancing through a back story no one really asked to see, for the largest part of the film. It’s such a shame to relegate the star power of Firth, Brosnan, Baranski and all of the original cast off in the way, way background - and as a…

  • Daddy's Home 2

    Daddy's Home 2

    ★★

    The game leads seem to be having a lot of fun together on screen - and to be honest, this uncalled-for sequel is just a touch funnier than the dreadful original - but the broad pratfalls and typically cringe-y comedy situations only make this re-gifted holiday comedy a present best left under the tree.

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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…