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  • Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns

    Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns

    ★★★

    Alice goes metal in his hometown and it's a mixed bag!

    On the old-school favourites at least, there seems to be a real dislocation between his vocals and what the band are playing; it just doesn't sound right.

    The stage show is still pretty good although everything's seems a little rushed and there's little story or cohesion. I did like the height of the stage layout and the mike-stand spear gag was great.

    "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" is probably…

  • The Giver

    The Giver

    ½

    Lasted five minutes. I really should stay away from this "Young Adult" shit!

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  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★★

    From the opening scene of the rain covered, neon-lit streets of the city, superimposed over Chow Yun-Fat sweating, drinking a slammer and playing clarinet in a dark jazz club, we can see that this film matches its title perfectly. This is a Hard-Boiled police story in the grand tradition of Harry Callaghan, Popeye Doyle and Frank Bullitt. Everything is black and white, the hero does what needs to be done to save the day and if the brass at City…

  • August Underground

    August Underground

    ★★★½

    I know I've been absent for a few weeks but my wife has had another Multiple Sclerosis relapse and is due to go back into hospital for another course of treatment - it's the same chemotherapy as they give leukaemia patients. Plus I've had to do a load of construction/carpentry work on my daughters bedroom and other assorted shit. Anyway, I thought I should at least try to get back into the swing of things and what better than the…