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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★½

    Watched again after several years as a tribute to Morricone and it is every bit as good as I remembered. A brilliant piece of work, with breathtakingly authentic sets, masterly use of camera and a score which is the perfect binding agent for this tragic, elegiac, riveting tale. If it has a flaw, and this can’t be levelled at Leone, it is the film still feels unfinished – even in the 4 hour+ version. This is most apparent in the…

  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    The first thirty minutes were reasonably suspenseful as the main characters got lost in the titular grass and their discontent turns to panic. Then we got an hour of the protagonists shouting each other’s names and some hokey nonsense about big stones, redemption and time loops. Anyone fancying a trip into the tall grass, my advice get yourself a mower instead.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ½

    With a glowing five star review from the Guardian, I was expecting a film which could find itself nestling alongside 2001 and Blade Runner as the best the genre has to offer. Unfortunately, it appears to find itself at the other end of the quality spectrum alongside Plan 9 from Outer Space and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It was absolutely awful. And yet the film, with its earnest voice-over, had delusions that it was important. A position which is…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ½

    SFX in search of a movie and they found one with this godawful remake. Disney appears to have shelved all notions of creating original material, instead, they prefer to wade through their back catalogue and turn all of their cartoons into live-action films. If the stories were half-decent, I might be more forgiving but this derivative nonsense is as old as Cain and Abel and about as relevant. If that wasn't all, since Robin Williams' turn in Aladdin, no Disney…