Mandrake has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★★½

    A lot of horror motifs and cliches that feel tired and lame in most stories play brilliantly in the first and second acts, strengthened further by focusing on some excellent performances. The third act undoes the tension however with some old hat, predictable storytelling.

  • 8MM

    8MM

    ★★★½

    The window dressing is outdated but the characters were more believable than some of the other snuff stories that came out around the same time. Worth a watch or a laugh, depending on your tastes.

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★½

    Like a real prick I couldn't get over Willis and Gordon-Levitt having different earlobes the first time.

    The second time I couldn't get past the utter lack of chemistry between JGL and Blunt.

    The third time I hate watched the missed opportunity of Willis not 'changing' along with the story.

    The fourth time I started liking the stuff with the gold; it might be smarter than I thought and I might be dumber than I thought. There's still a boring amount of farm though.

  • Ghost

    Ghost

    ★★★½

    Fun performances; Tony Goldwyn's the secret star.

  • Ghostbusters II

    Ghostbusters II

    ★★★½

    Worth it just for MacNicol's mad reworking of the character.

  • RED

    RED

    ★★★½

    Fun to watch and must have been fun to perform. Enjoyable action movie with delightful turns from Mirren et al.

  • The Out List

    The Out List

    ★★★½

    Interview documentary about the LGBTQO community. Feels like a 'why not' production, which is a plus - a wholly enjoyable group of interesting interviews with well chosen participants. Something to make some people feel recognise and heard, and others to hear and understand experiences they might not be familiar with.

  • Romeo + Juliet

    Romeo + Juliet

    ★★★½

    Luhrmann breaking in the kinetic stylistic grandeur he'd perfect with Get Down. Hailed as a great attempt at making Shakespeare more interesting to generations of disaffected youth, it has a good cast doing their best.