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  • The Dark Tower

    The Dark Tower

    Why did I sit through this film to the end?

    It has to be the worst movie I've viewed this year. Of course, I'd read reviews that said it wasn't good, but I've increasingly given up on mainstream reviews. It wasn't good... it was so awful I felt like gnawing my knuckles off. Yes, it was terrible. It's both humourless and lacks any sense of tension or horror. Action sequences are a mess and closed by poor CGI.

    Who was…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    This was so much better than it deserved to be. Both the acting and SFX are of such quality that the movie was compelling.  It’s surprising how little the “human” actors appear (and, when they do, with the exception of Harrelson, they leave little impression). It is the fine characterisation of the various apes that hold the audience - particularly Serkis’ Caesar. It reminded me of an old Western vengence epic and the final confrontation between The Colonel and Caesar is tremendous (and not what I’d anticipated).

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Compelling throughout. Wonderful performances and SFX. Music appeared to be a more ambient echo of Vangelis rather than asserting itself - but worked very well.

    My reservations are that the creators attempted to cram far too much conceptually into the film (which was incedibly interesting) to the detriment of the plot, which I think struggled. There was a flat tone to the movie which reflected the character of the replicant blade runner, K. The director certainly knows how to build…