• Snatchers

    Snatchers

    ★★★

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    So this film was something of a curiosity choice – I felt like watching something a little different and noticed this in the horror section of our local HMV – for those of you not in the UK this is pretty much our main chain store for all things music and film related – its cover stood out and the synopsis on the back of the bluray made it sound like a spoof of…

  • Fantasia

    Fantasia

    ★★★

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    This was the first Disney anthology style film to be produced, having no overall story or plot, being instead a series of 7 individual animated segments set only to a number of classical musical pieces from some of the world’s most famous composers – and so in that it was a massive deviation from the story based movies which had come before, 1937’s Snow White and 1940’s Pinocchio, and for its time was a…

  • Attack the Block

    Attack the Block

    ★★★★

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    Now this one may have just slipped underneath quite a few peoples radar – for one, it didn`t take an impressive box office when it was released as I believe it had a rather limited release and for the other, just the title probably puts this into a niche category for most. With other British horror comedy's such as 2004's Shaun of the Dead being more recognized and universal it is easy for Attack…

  • The Emperor's New Groove

    The Emperor's New Groove

    ★★★½

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    This film is quite a mix of styles and is done in quite an abstract way with a real upbeat tempo. It’s certainly its own stand out movie but you can tell there’s elements of the comedic style of Aladdin and Hercules thrown in to the mix in an attempt to recreate the magic of these two movies – well…. Aladdin at least!

    In my opinion it is actually underappreciated comedy gold from beginning…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★

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    So I did sit there through the whole move with a feeling of familiarity – like I had been here before and I couldn`t quite put my finger on it until late into the film when I realized the whole feel of the movie including its soundtrack had the distinct aroma of 1993’s Shakespear adaptation, A Much Ado About Nothing. Now I didn`t know when I watched Cinderella that it was actually directed by…

  • Troll 2

    Troll 2

    ★★½

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    So I’ll lay my cards on the table and say that apart from the film being very poor in a number of respects it wasn`t all that bad and I did find myself enjoying it a lot more than I did Troll. I mean you are pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel here but for what it is, it is much more coherent than Troll and for the most part easier to…

  • The Three Caballeros

    The Three Caballeros

    ★★½

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    The film was actually one of the very first to mix live action with animation and to say that the artistry exhibited here in this respect is amazing - the animation is extremely clear and smooth when put up against the live action scenes and integrated very well – you can certainly tell this is where the main emphasis on production was placed. The human side of things does seem awkward at times and…

  • Sanctum

    Sanctum

    ★★★

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    So I have actually seen the film a few times before watching it for this review – I’m not one for caving personally, nor diving – I have a panic attack if I’m under water for more than a few seconds – stemming from an incident which happened in a swimming pool when I was younger when I nearly drowned – I love swimming – just not under water! Anyway – in this respect…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

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    So this film is simply spectacular – and is actually quite deep, involved and insightful, especially for an animation. It is one of those rare occasions where its content will appeal to all ages, with enough comedy to keep the young ones happy (out of all of the films we have watched with our son, Oliver, 7, this is the only one which has had him in stitches from start the end), but also…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★½

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    Now if I am honest – when I went to see this film when it was first released I left the cinema disappointed – it felt like a rehash of the Lost World to me and didn`t seem to bring anything new to the table – I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but I think I was blinkered somewhat – if I had been doing reviews back then I think you would…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★★★

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    This was an absolutely welcome return to the world of dinosaurs which first graced our screens back in 1993 and did absolute wonders to correct some of the wrongs of the rubbery dinosaurs featured in Jurassic Park 3 – which, as you will see from my review of this movie, was still very watchable and great fun – but wasn`t all there with regards to the special effects and didn`t really do much for…

  • Jurassic Park III

    Jurassic Park III

    ★★★

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    So, I can`t say that I don`t love Jurassic Park III, because I do – it is an extremely fun movie – but this is bittersweet to some extent.

    As a movie in the Jurassic Park series it is somewhat subpar in terms of effects and overall story – a couple of shots of the dinosaurs look really cheap and indeed I have always nicknamed this the one with the rubber suit dinosaurs as…