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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first third is great. The alien on the lander all happens so quickly, and is so intense and scary. Aliens sure gestate quickly these days. 

    The middle third is quite a different film. A ponderous exploration of the insanity of David. It takes its time—thinking of the fingering scene—but ultimately I'm not sure it really paid off. David didn't become a focus of the story, that perhaps he diserved. 

    The final third was exciting, and then ruined by a…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★★

    The kids did not like the surgery scenes. And interestingly they found some of the shouldn't-really-be-doing-this scenes too stressful and hid under the covers. Literally. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Particularly the visual effects. "Like Monument Valley," remarked my 9 year old.

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★★

    I've bought the DVD, the soundtrack, watched the making of and dreamed about Kelly McGillis more than one time. The film that did more for Air Force enlistments than anything else will do the same for you.

    If you've ever been holding on too tight with a bunch of oiled up dudes then you will lose your edge over Top Gun again and again.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★½

    What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around…