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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Forrest Gump
  • Return of the Jedi
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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  • Kill List

    ★★★½

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    ★★★★

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★★

    The last 30 minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind are in my opinion the finest 30 minutes in the Spielberg canon, they may well be the finest 30 minutes in cinematic history. However, if you take away the aliens, the light show, the sheer wonder of the movie you are still left with a classic human drama of (this is a Spielberg film after all) an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Roy Neary starts the film as…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

    The Dark Knight is effectively a superhero movie without the superheroes. The Batman character has always appealed to me more than most comic book characters that have made it to the big screen because he isn't a superhero. He has no superpowers, he has no magic serum, or been bitten by any radioactive spiders, and last time I checked he was from good old Planet Earth. Yes, Batman is potentially one of us, just with a lot more wonger behind…

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  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★½

    Ben Wheatley has scored an imperfect hat-trick for me, based on the three films of his that I have seen. I thought Sightseers was fantastic, yet Free Fire left me really frustrated as it was just 90 mins of gratuitous, laddish nonsense, to me anyway, I appreciate that film does have a lot of fans. Kill List falls somewhere in the middle. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed, for example, it cleverly balances humour with internal human…

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt

    ★★★★

    Shadow of a Doubt is yet another tightly sprung thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. It is a film that lays all its cards out on the table from the get-go. As enjoyable as the film is, it is frequently old-fashioned in its depictions of certain relationships, none so more than the slightly questionable uncle and niece friendship between the two Charlies, Uncle (Joseph Cotten) and niece (Teresa Wright). If joining the film halfway through you could be forgiven for gasping in…

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★

    The 6th film of the series is an impressive achievement. In my opinion, this is where the book series got back on track after the rather baggy Goblet of Fire and ponderous Order of the Phoenix. Both the previously mentioned book and The Half-Blood Prince are weighty tomes, that take the casual reader several months to get through. However as the film adaptations of Goblet and Order left out some interesting subplots and narrative strands, I felt that the film…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    Every now and again, I see a film that reinforces my 40+year addiction to Cinema. I can still remember clear as day the moment it started when as a 4-year-old in a fleapit of a Cinema in Bolton I saw the Imperial Star Destroyer emerge from behind me to cover the whole screen in hot pursuit of Tantive IV at the start of Star Wars. Life-changing moment and the addiction has never dimmed. Follow this up with the first time…