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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★★

    I love the challenge accepted by directors who make a film with an unusually narrow focus, be that in terms of a single location (which are sometimes a bit of an experiment), or the result of a low budget. Can you keep an audience watching something that takes place exclusively in a single place?

    The most extreme example is BURIED (2010), Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés’s movie that spent its 95-minute runtime inside an interred coffin with Ryan Reynolds. So it’s…

  • The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator

    ★★★

    The title sounds like a muscular ’80s movie, which is precisely what Brad Furman’s THE INFILTRATOR intends to be. Telling the true life story of U.S Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston), during his career highpoint as an undercover money launderer for a drug cartel, there are a number of reasons to be excited by this movie. 

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  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.

  • Spawn

    Spawn

    One of the worst superhero movies ever made, SPAWN killed a promising comic-book character's big-screen ambitions stone dead. There's been talk of a reboot for over a decade from creator Todd McFarlane, but there doesn't seem to be much appetite for the Spawn character from audiences now. Maybe he was strictly a 1990s cult item.

    I like the concept of SPAWN (essentially a mix of THE CROW, GHOST RIDER and ROBOCOP), about a government hitman who's murdered by his corrupt…