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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

    This sequel's about on par with the original, although it has different strengths and weaknesses. There's a better antagonist in Cable (Josh Brolin), but he's not particularly tied into Wade Wilson's (Ryan Reynolds) backstory, so there's less of a connection there. The number of jokes has been doubled, but the humour isn't as fresh because we know what to expect from Deadpool's antics now.

    There was more going on than the first Deadpool, but this sequel's also quite meandering. (I…

  • The Purge: Election Year

    The Purge: Election Year

    ★★½

    I quite enjoyed the home invasion original with a ludicrous high-concept twist, found the expanded-world sequel a colossal bore, and just caught up with the third Purge movie. It was surprisingly good, for a while, with some decent characterisations and nightmarish visuals of a society that allows itself to become feral for one night a year to "purge and purify" themselves.

    This was made pre-Trump, but there are some prescient extreme right-wing politics I know the prequel will later lean…

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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    Evolution is often mentioned in Shane Black’s The Predator, but the truth is every sequel to John McTiernan’s Predator (1987) can only emulate what came before, but fail because the crux of that ’80s classic can’t be replicated: suspense. The original kept its creature hidden for much of the runtime (you didn’t even see the Predator’s face until the final confrontation), but now it’s a world-famous Hollywood monster that’s appeared in two sequels and two spin-offs. This problem doesn’t leave…

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    Sorry, but this doesn't deserve the acclaim festooned upon it. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, I see. Amazing.

    TONI ERDMANN is a German drama miss-sold as a comedy (the lead actress even agrees), about an eccentric father with a love of disguises, who pays his estranged career-minded daughter a surprise visit, and proceeds to cause her great embarrassment.

    Good idea. FUNNY idea. They're going to remake this with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson. So someone clearly thinks it's a comedy in…