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  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Matrix
  • Titanic

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  • The Living Daylights

    ★★★★★

  • Nowhere to Run

    ★★★

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★½

  • Three Days of the Condor

    ★★★★

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  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    There's the potential for a really great popcorn action thriller here and yet everything is let down by The Russo Brothers throwing an overt bag of stylistic tricks that overwhelms everything to the point of stupidity. There is an attempt at Shane Black-style snark, preposterous James Bond inspired set-pieces and bruising John Wick-esque bruising physicality, but weirdly it never comes together in a way that ever feels satisfying.

    Everyone here has been in variations of this formula in the past…

  • Girl in the Picture

    Girl in the Picture

    ★★★★

    Similarly to Skye Borgman's previous documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, there's a degree of disbelief that greets the audience in regards to the way The Girl in the Picture's story develops.

    This could have easily fallen into the sensational traps that so many Netflix true crime documentaries have frequently tripped themselves over with recently, but even with the genuinely shocking twists and turns here, Borgman's film never feels like tabloid fodder, instead being potent and distressingly sad, not to mention genuinely and powerfully angry.

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  • Nowhere to Run

    Nowhere to Run

    ★★★

    A Joe Eztherhas co-written variation of Shane starring 90s era Jean Claude Van Damme, surprisingly Nowhere to Run proves somewhat enjoyable. There's no cliché left unturned here, from its obvious yet tender romance and familial dynamics, to its snide vindictive villains getting their punch-laden comeuppance, but it surprisingly benefits from a quiet sensitive performance from Van Damme who proves very effective in the film's quieter moments and Harmon channeling a western vibe into the whole thing.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★½

    After four films, three of which featured a variation of Ethan Hunt and his team either going rogue or being disavowed, you might be forgiven for thinking how the Mission: Impossible series could deliver anything fresh for a fifth film that sees Hunt and his friends once again going rogue to save the day. Well, Christopher McQuarrie finds some superb ways to play the hits and yet still make this all feel wonderful and new.

    Opening with a grandiose stunt…

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  • Dangerous Lies

    Dangerous Lies

    A massively disappointing follow up to Threat Level Midnight, I expected more from Michael Scott.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 engulfs you in a state of anxiety almost right away thanks to its against the clock narrative and the fact Sam Mendes has opted to pretty much film the entire thing in long takes.

    Gripping like a vice throughout, 1917 also devastates in its quieter moments, wows you with Mendes' direction and incredible photography courtesy of Roger Deakins and what should amount to a star making performance from George McKay. Thomas Newman's score is a propulsive presence throughout, while…