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  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    Watching Sucker Punch is like watching a friend you don't really like play a videogame for two hours. Making things worse is the stranger sat between you both aggressively wanking over his iPod full of shit reworkings of your favourite songs.

    Sucker Punch is not only as bad as you've heard, it's worse.

  • Long Weekend

    Long Weekend

    ★★★★★

    A real 70's gem.

    A couple who treat life and nature with as much apathy as they do each other, head out for a weekend away. While she wants a hotel and luxurious bottles of champagne, he wants the adventure of camping alongside wildlife by an apparently peaceful beach.

    But nature has other ideas.....

    No, this isn't The Happening but a seriously serious effort to make us all very scared indeed, first by getting them lost in the dark -…

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  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★★

    The action sequences are dynamic, tense and expertly choreographed. They take up a good chunk of the running time too, which helps, as the story around them is relatively run of the mill and lacking much drama. It's get by on sheer muscle but only just.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★

    This is absolutely the Eddie Murphy performance you've been waiting for, but the film left me a little cold. We're so used to seeing this story, normally with a rise, fall, rise for the finale structure - but this guys star just rises, and with it, loses some dramatic oomph. This would be fine if the comedy was relentless enough to carry it, but it stalls here and there. It's a fine, frivolous ride, but there's nothing to really sink your teeth into.

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  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    Graham J: (Logs into Letterboxd – Sees Ed Norton)

    Letterboxd (LB) - Try again please!

    Graham J: (Logs into Letterboxd, a little harder on the keys)

    LB – Welcome friend! How are you?

    GJ – Please stop talking *rubs veiny temple* I’m trying to concentrate, (clicks Add Film, S….St…..Stand by Me, add review)

    LB – Holy sh……...hold the phone - is this it? Is this really it? Stand by Me?……Are you….

    GJ – …….going to write about my favourite film…

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★★★

    Rocky Part 1 - A quick guide.

    *The young amateur
    *Fight winnings of $40.55
    *The 'Take it Back' street sing-a-long
    *Turtle lovin' in Rocky's tiny apartment that likely stinks of reptile shit
    *Pet store flirting / Bad jokes
    *Collecting for a loan shark
    *Hangin' at Mighty Mick's
    *The admiring of Creed
    *'Little' Marie = cocky bitch
    *The underdog opportunity / The chance of a lifetime
    *The shy vs retarded debate
    *A date with Paulie's sister
    *Ice rink romance & first kiss…