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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    This is proving to be a real grower for me as I felt more than a little disappointed on my intial viewing of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY upon its original theatrical release. A rewatch at home upon its Blu-ray debut raised my opinion and now, on a third viewing, I find my estimation rising further still. For whatever reason, this rime around I found the new roster of characters, the cast, the score, the action set-pieces, the various…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★½

    Recall being pleasantly surprised with the first movie, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, it was unexpectedly funny with frenetic and inventive action set-pieces. Plus it had that totally egregious but hilarious anal sex gag to close-out its finale.

    Disappointingly, this sequel lacks both the novelty and off-kilter charm of the original: quickly descending into a daft, aimless, bloated bore. I actually had to check to see if this was directed by Matthew Vaughn to allay suspicions it was some hack now…

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England

    ★★

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black

    The Woman in Black

    ★★★½

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…