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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★½

    Death Star No. 3, unengaging new characters and a sweaty teenager prone to temper tantrums who looks suspiciously like a young Snape as a villain.

    For me, there was no spark. Only the original cast managed to lift it above dire. Daisy Ridley looks the part. But then she talks. And she's posh. John Boyega gets slightly better as the film progresses although it's too little too late.

    My expectations weren't set very high, after all Star Trek was good…

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★½

    This has grown on me massively recently.

    I know it's slow going but the Enterprise porn near the start still sends a little shiver down my spine. And I know some of the effects are a tad ropey - Kirk and Scotty in the shuttle - but the trip towards VGER is visually stunning and at times looks a though they were actually there filming it for real.

    Settle down with a nice pot of tea and watch on a Sunday afternoon.

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★½

    This is probably my second favourite Marvel film (after The Avengers). It's way better than the first outing that put pretty much all of the best Captain America bits into a montage. Here we get way more action and get to see Captain America at his best. Given that, he's not always in his costume and for a fair amount of time he's on the run in his civvies. It gives this a different feel to the rest of the…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★½

    I was fifteen when Aliens came out on video. Creepy at Creepy's Video Emporium had saved me a copy on the release day; he even rang to let me know he had it in. But being fifteen I couldn't go and pick it up. My mum went and got it for me. Hooray.

    After that Aliens was probably my favourite film for nigh on twenty years. Until its crown lost a bit of its sheen when I saw Alien and…