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  • Justice League

    Justice League


    Has its moments and it's nice to see DC trying to lighten the mood but the usual onslaught of gross CG makes the overall effect pretty ugly

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream


    Fantastic, definitive stuff. If you're a fan you will eat it up, if you're not, you will be after this

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond


    Like all the Bad Robot Treks, it comes from the gut, not the heart or the head, and the aesthetic is somewhat un-ambitious, but Beyond is enjoyable in its unpretentious simplicity and delivers on the possibility offered by the 2009 film. In a lot of ways it feels a lot like a throwback to films like The Last Starfighter and (ironically) Galaxy Quest, and the problem solving chemistry  of the cast goes a long way. A moment about twenty minutes from the end may make some eyes roll, but I punched the air.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Interesting view of the Star Wars universe stripped of its moral certainty as well as its fairy tale/Campbellian mythology, replaced with viscera and grit. Slips in a couple of spots but sticks the landing and crucially proves that the darker corners of this galaxy are places worth looking into on future 'non-saga' instalments. Very, very good.