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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Steven Spielberg is 71 years young! Yes, the references are old. But the approach and execution couldn't be more modern.

    Visually this is initially quite overwhelming, and I suspect a second viewing may be even more rewarding. As a non-gamer my expectations were perhaps lower than that of others. But this delivers in spades. The start of the 'Key Two' sequence brought gasps!

    There's a really positive level of diverse representation here too. Very natural. Mendelsohn is the standard out…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★½

    A great two thirds, but a final hour that left me (ironically) cold. The penultimate chapter specifically just doesn't work.


    QT has matured into a really interesting director and this both looks and sounds tremendous. And the cast (made up mostly of QT alumni) look to be having fun. Jackson, Roth, Leigh and Russell in particular. One actor in particular (who I won't name in case you don't know they are on it) feels completely at odds with everyone else.


    Just too slow and such a shame about how this slips (drifts) away.

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  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    Such a strong sucker punch at the end. It never fails to get me. Pitt is superb, Freeman rock solid, and Fincher reigning in the gimmicks and just focusing on the meat of the story. Powerful film-making.

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★½

    Reynolds is undeniably charismatic but this series just doesn't land with me. The in jokes feel too obvious, the plotting and tone muddled, and the expanded cast mostly forgettable. I mean, how do you stuff up Cable that badly?!

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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    An all round bona-fide British classic. Heart-warmingly funny with a top notch cast and tremendous effects. Could become a Christmas favourite for all the family.

  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass

    ★★★★½

    Still feels fresh. Laugh out loud funny, sends up the genre perfectly, and Cage is excellent.