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  • The Captive

    The Captive

    ★½

    Egoyan has made some terrific movies. Two, in particular, stand out - Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter. I don't feel he has been close to reaching those heights again and The Captive doesn't change that opinion. There are some engaging moments, but I don't think it's particularly well cast - with cardboard cliche of a villain, and police investigators who just don't work. Then there are the elements of the plot. Rather than go for simplicity like The Vanishing, Egoyan…

  • IO

    IO

    ½

    10 minutes in - "Something should start happening now..."

    20 minutes in - "Something needs to start happening now..."

    30 minutes in - "Please let something happen NOW...!"

    40 minutes in - "Oh Christ, can something please happen...!"

    50 minutes in - "AARGGGH!"

    1 hour in - Transmission lost

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    For the first 30 minutes I thought the film had potential. It played around with the whole idea of a musical, dropping in and out of the diegesis with sounds which accompanied and sometimes replaced Baby's iPod playlist. A neat trick like this only has so much traction, certainly enough for a short film, but not a 2-hour feature. So at around the half-hour point, the characters began to speak and we were off down Cliche Lane, with a story…

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ½

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

    Bird-brained, more like. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I don't know where to start. Not sure if I even want to. The premise was leakier than an incontinent grandad. Let me get this right, some kind of alien/biological entities make people suicidal just by looking at them. We never learn why or how or what they are. These questions, like so much in this film, are left dangling. Oh, hang on, I forgot to mention, crazy people are immune. Is that all…