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  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

    The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

    ★★★

    Sky Movies' a Premiere a Day

    I must confess I hadn’t seen The Nut Job before watching this sequel, sub-titled Nutty by Nature, so I didn’t really know what I was expecting. It felt a little like the byproduct of chucking a bunch of pre-existing animated films into a blender (bit of Over the Hedge, Ratatouille, Rio, Ice Age, countless others) but it was perfectly fine, inoffensive viewing. Bright, colourful, my son laughed a few times, some decent voice talent (Will Arnett, Jackie Chan); wasn’t a slog to sit through. Unmemorable but fine.

  • The Battleship Island

    The Battleship Island

    ★★★★

    Sky Movies' a Premiere a Day

    When it comes to World War 2, we often gloss over the atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese due to the Nazi’s actions superseding everything. The Battleship Island shines a light on what it was like to be under Japanese rule at the time, with Korean nationals being sent against their will to the titular island, forced to mine for coal in highly dangerous conditions. Young girls were prostituted, women were treated atrociously, it was…

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  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

    ★★★½

    Arnold Schwarzanegger's bad parenting made Jake Lloyd grow up to be Darth Vader

  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    ★★★★

    They've added a Bad to the front of the title here in the UK, presumably so some dimwit doesn't mistakenly wander into the cinema thinking they've finally made a big screen adventure for Harold Bishop and the rest of the denizens of Ramsey Street. As for the film itself, it's actually really funny. Rude, crude and lewd, but very funny. And it has plenty of good gags that weren't already ruined by overexposure in the trailers, which is rare for…