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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    The greatest film ever made ? Depends what you are looking for in a film but for sheer entertainment value there are few films that can match it. This is the film that turns Star Wars into a saga. Not content with simply rehashing the original, here we get a greater scope as new worlds and characters are introduced but more importantly the returning characters are all developed logically. Crucially, the chief villain becomes something much more significant and the…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Jackson's realisation of the first of the Lord of the Rings books is one of those rare instances where everything from casting to production design, music, editing, cinematography and location come together to such stunning effect that the minor quibbles with the film feel like redundant trivialities. The fusion of location shooting around New Zealand with the production design and effects bring another world to life in a way not seen since the original Star Wars films and Jackson gives…

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  • A Dog's Purpose

    A Dog's Purpose

    ★★½

    Although entirely predictable throughout and very sentimental, it is watchable thanks to the focus on following the human story from the dog's point of view and it would work well as a family film. However, the film's plot also centres around a strange element that suggests the central hero is reincarnated several times in order to fulfil it's purpose. This seems a rather hamfisted way of creating a central throughline to the story given that the narrator is the central…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★

    The film is overlong and contains way too may plot twists that ultimately spoil the film and speak more to the desire of the writers trying to second guess audience members who are wiser to the many plot tricks going on. That said, whilst the plot becomes more unsatisfying as it progresses, it still contains enough humor and fun to make it more than worthwhile. Bateman and McAdams are great together, but the real star is Jesse Plemons who is by far the funniest part of the film.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    A compelling mystery that develops in surprising ways this is a film that is best seen knowing as little about the plot as possible. Suffice to say the opening and closing shots encapsulate the clever way the film plays with your perceptions of the two central characters and both Ben Affleck and especially Rosamund Pike give great performances. The film is also a vicious satire on the media, especially in the US, the constant spin, faux analysis and rush to…

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Aliens is a textbook example of how to do a sequel right and remains Cameron’s best film. Like the first, the film takes time to gradually build tension and whilst it initially plays on the audience knowledge of the creatures, the film wisely chooses to take the story and tone in a different direction once they appear - here we essentially get a war/action film instead of horror. Cameron’s ability to create compelling action sequences is rarely in question, but…