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  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★★½

    A great film for those kids who grew up watching goosebumps but are now in their mid to late teens and are ready for something a little creepier. The creatures (monsters?) are the highlight along with some fun character building but it fizzles are bit at the end where what was really needed was some epic set piece to seal the deal.
    Looks like a sequel is in the works and this was certainly good enough that if the same cast and crew return, I'll be giving it a poke.

  • Late Night

    Late Night

    ★★★

    Enjoyed the fact that it didn't shy away from an abundance of 'diversity hire' jokes and tension (given that's exactly what the character Molly is here it would have been weird to brush over).
    Other than that, you're looking at a very lukewarm comedy which hinges, once again, on you accepting the idea that someone can be utterly horrible for decades, make one heartfelt speech and the end and then be instantly liked by all.

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  • Midnight Run

    Midnight Run

    ★★★★★

    This movie is my happy place. It gets better on every re-watch And that Danny Elfman score...damn, it;s powerful nostalgia!

    Damn you Martin Brest wherever you are - you showed the world how great action comedy buddy films should be made...and then you stopped making them! Somebody find this guy and give him a camera.

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★

    My enjoyment of Spectre steadily tracked downwards from the spectacular opening scene (with an impressive long single take through a crowd scene), then off on a trip around the world for multiple dull conversations, a couple of mediocre action sequences, and then finally, the worst ending to a Bond film I've ever seen.

    Nothing worked well - the humour fell flat, the old school Bond bag of tricks like gadgets and silly over-the-top action set pieces (attacking cars by flying…