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  • The Border

    The Border

    ★★

    Promoted as a neo-noir drama 'The Border' relies upon the star power of Jack Nicholson and perhaps in some small part Harvey Keitel, however as is often the case, Nicholson struggles as a leading man once again, leaving little impression upon viewers and often seeming lost in the melee of an otherwise dreary and underexploited premise.

    As with any politically charged movie the obvious indiscretions of U.S. border control could provide ample controversy to not only raise awareness or even…

  • Cannery Row

    Cannery Row

    ★★★★

    Loosely adapted from two John Steinbeck novels (Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday), 'Cannery Row' is an endearing portrait of love in all of it's manifestations, and one that somehow manages to get under the skin through accessible characters and a solid premise upon which to weave its spell.

    The two lead performers Nick Nolte and Debra Winger seem perfectly cast, sparking off one another with a natural chemistry, and there's certainly no denying their contribution to an otherwise slightly unusual…

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  • The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

    ★★★★

    I recall being a big fan of the film upon its 1984 release, and yet over the years it’s become something of a mixed bag each time I’ve seen it, however tonight was the first time it earned my admiration in a way that helped me to see past the initial superficialities, and deeper into the almost timeless themes beneath.

    The characters are all defineable in their endearing and repellent qualities, while the production remains cleanly executed, both of which…

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★★★

    From the opening frame through to the closing shot, ‘MI3’ grabs ahold and simply refuses to let you go until you’ve been rollercoastered from one set piece to another, all while loving quite literally every second of it.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is his usual excellent self, Ving Rhames thankfully snatches more than his usual screen time, and we also get to witness Simon Pegg’s induction into the MI team, and one which introduces some much needed comic relief, all of which makes this outing an instant action classic, and one that will never grow old in these eyes.