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  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    Two of the most common phrases heard uttered as you walk out of cinemas after seeing Stephen King's 2017 adaptation of 'scary clown' horror It; 'Wow that was fantastic' and 'oh come on that wasn't scary enough'. Can not agree with either statements if im honest. I think saying a modern horror film isn't scary has become uber-trendy much like slating the England football team or condemning all muslims after a terrorist atrocity. Of course some people are more sensitive…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    War is Hell! That infamous phrase isn't necessarily the first thing you think when watching Chris Nolan's masterful World War 2 epic Dunkirk. Nolan isn't really interested here in the gratuitous and awful nature of war( Hacksaw Ridge take note) but instead relies on cinematic, visual storytelling in its purest form to bring home a more melancholic, elegiac tone. It still has shocks and suspense and although minimalist in certain scenes(the faceless enemy, the stripped back approach to explosions) its…

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  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2

    ★★½

    Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
    The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★½

    I shouldn't speak too much about Midnight Special..the less you know the better. However if you can give it time and are patient it is a movie worth visiting. Some will be put off by its at times sedate narrative but the characters all ring true. Maybe I am biased towards Jeff Nicholls. His three films to date have been brilliant pieces of story telling. (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and my fave of 2013 Mud.)
    Though there was a moment…