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  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    ★★

    Misjudged, manipulative and very very odd. Whatever they were trying to pull off with this strange story (family drama/abuse drama/thriller) it didn't work. 

    Watts, Lieberher, and Trembley are all great as usual, but other characters just seemed underwritten to me, especially Dean Norris' character. 

    My eyebrows kept getting higher and higher in surprise at how bizarre this film was getting...seeing Naomi Watts with the sniper rifle made them fly off my face. 

    Very disappointing.

  • Moon

    Moon

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A fascinating, compelling and in part devastating study of the ethics, morals and consequences of cloning. 

    With a stunning and awards worthy performance(s) from Sam Rockwell who is perfect in the role(s), and with a perfect sci-fi setting, to me it's a modern classic with echoes of Silent Running, Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  

    Duncan Jones like his father is a genuine genius. I hope he makes more films like Moon and Source Code and less of the Warcraft CGI soup blockbusters.

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    I first saw The Thing on TV when I was a kid back in the mid 80s. I wasn't really prepared for what I was about to see. 

    Its one of the few films that literally kept me up at night, the first horror film that I ever found truly horrifying and upsetting...Ever since then I've had a complete passionate respect for the film, for the genre and Mr Carpenter himself....who did not deserve all the flack and unfair criticism…

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    I could have done without all the schmaltz, cheese and cliches, and dare I say it...Michael Bay sheen of the first half of the film. 

    I enjoyed the film a lot more once the action gets to Hacksaw Ridge. The film changes gear at this point getting into visceral, brutal visuals and showing the unbelievable bravery of Desmond Doss. 

    Some of the FX reminded me of Tropic Thunder unfortunately, and I can't take Vince Vaughn seriously anymore after all the bilge he's appeared in over the last decade or so.

    Overall though, it's a fascinating story of a truly great man.