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  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys

    ★★

    So Terminator Genysis is pretty dreadful, but not actually any worse than Terminator 3 or Salvation. Amazing that the trailer spoils a 'shocking' plot twist that happens a full hour into the movie. May also be the first Arnholdt film I've seen where he is by far the best actor in the movie (Emilia Clark is shockingly bad, and Jai Courtney has the screen charisma of a piece of Melba toast).

  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★★½

    Went to see The Girl on a Train tonight. Low expectations due to some pretty poor reviews, but actually rather enjoyed it. It's the sort of adult thriller that was more popular in the nineties (think Malice, or Jagged Edge). Also has some nice neo-giallo touches in that the plot revolves around a character who knows they have seen something that may solve a murder, but is unable to correctly decode what it is.

    It's a pot-boiler for sure, but…

  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon

    ★★★★½

    A gripping and nerve shredding account of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed with economy by Peter Berg in the style of a latter-day Howard Hawks, the film is firmly focussed on the men (and one woman) on board the rig when it suffered a catastrophic blowout.

    Deepwater Horizon doesn't attempt to examine the wider business practices of BP and the oil industry at large that may have contributed to the disaster (although the film…

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★

    This new version of a classic story is in such a rush to get to the explosive stuff that it forgets to build the relationships between the Seven and the villagers (small business owners in this new version) that made Kurosawa's peerless original and the Sturgess remake so affecting. When members of the Seven inevitably fall here, there is nothing to produce a lump in the throat like Bronson saving the child, or Coburn's last attempt to throw his knife…

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    ★★½

    As a Brit with little knowledge of the Benghazi incident, I can safely say that I feel I have no more insight following this movie. So little characterisation of context is given for why the US Ambassador and CIA compounds are attacked that the hordes of faceless assailants may as well be zombies. There is no political viewpoint to be found.

    Taken as a pure action movie.... it's okay at best. Some decent battle scenes undercut by a cast of bearded heroes so interchangeable that it is hard to keep track of them.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    Well goddamn, Hell or High Water shows they DO make movies like they used to! Fantastic neo-western from director David Mackenzie with a superb script by Taylor Sheridan. Magnificent performances include two of my favourite actors, Ben Foster and the LEGEND that is Jeff Bridges, but Chris Pine is a revelation.

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party

    ★★★½

    Not going to lie, Sausage Party easily passed the six laugh test for me. I was chuckling with regular guffawage throughout but was in tears of mirth for the last fifteen minutes or so when it becomes completely outrageous. Reminded me a bit of the more bawdy, irreverent and gleefully politically incorrect films of Mel Brooks in its humour and tone.
    It is however pig ugly to look at (although I did like the bumper sticker reading DIXAR that was briefly seen on a car).

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    I actually enjoyed this up to a point. From the start the narrative is so choppy and overstuffed that it feels like speed binge watching a whole tv series by only viewing every third episode. But the character design is great, and the movie is fun. 

    But then it just drives off a cliff. The second half of the movie is terrible, the script becomes a sea of awful dialogue, the effects look half finished, and Jared Leto's unsettling version…

  • Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne

    ★★★

    Jason Bourne, a little stale, feel it misses Gilroy's scripting skills. But it's bookended with two amazing action scenes. Decent.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★

    Some bits make a little more sense, but it's still all over the place.