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Sam has written 8 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • The Only Living Boy in New York

    The Only Living Boy in New York

    ★½

    Let's not, yeah?

  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★½

    P T Hokum

  • Ferdinand

    Ferdinand

    ★½

    Generally lacking in charm, interesting humour, or detailed animation.

  • Bright

    Bright

    ★½

    I am so, so bored of having to pay attention to "pop/geek culture savants" like Ernie Cline and Max Landis, as if being able to "remix" 80s nostalgia in some way makes up for an inability to develop dialogue, characters, worlds, or plot. Bright is as heavy handed and un-nuanced as you could only expect from a film whose vanity production company is called Trigger Warning Entertainment, with few redeeming features and little to show for its ridiculous $90m budget.…

  • Pottersville

    Pottersville

    ★½

    Ok, but why?

  • Table 19

    Table 19

    ★½

    Table 19 has the exact cast you would imagine Table 19 has.

  • Minions

    Minions

    ★½

    There's a scene early on in Minions where 4 characters exit a car, rob a bank, and lead the cops in a car chase. In that moment, all I wanted to do was watch Baby Driver again. Instead, I had to continue watching Minions. Oh, the joy, the joy.

  • Shrek Forever After

    Shrek Forever After

    ★½

    Even with the low expectations I had when I started watching Shrek Forever After, this was pretty dire. The end of the film came without me realising anything had actually happened, which probably isn't the best indicator of how detailed the plot is. We had the usual array of Shrek jokes ("look, those witches are treating Donkey like a radio! It's funny 'cause radios didn't exist then!", Eddie Murphy singing a 20-30 year old pop song about 5 times throughout the film, etc.), somehow even less funny and less mature than normal. Sigh - maybe I'm getting too old for this.