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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely stone cold brilliant.

    Needs to be seen in a cinema but perhaps not the Omniplex in Cork where people treated it as an excuse to talk. Also the low-end rumble from the blockbuster movies on both sides was quite an odd juxtaposition from this beautiful piece of mastery.

  • The Foreigner

    The Foreigner

    ★★★½

    Extra half-star for the decision to use decent Irish actors in Irish roles rather that hackneyed, stereotypical Oirish accents.

    "Dere's moar teh Oirlend den dis..."

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  • The Streetfighter

    The Streetfighter

    ★★★★

    He is one mean bastard from Okinawa and I don't mean in a not sharing his chips on the way home kinda way.

    Sonny Chiba has never been better than as Terry Tsurugi. A guy, to quote Clarence from "True Romance", "Well, he ain't so much a good guy as he is just a bad mother fucker. I mean, he gets paid by people to fuck guys up." And by Christ does he fuck people up.

    It's not as fluid…

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★★½

    It's funny how things work out.

    Ben Affleck was once considered the weaker half of his partnership with Matt Damon. To be fair a lot of Affleck's acting output would do nothing to suggest otherwise but there have been moments along the way where he has outshone his counterpart. His portrayal of George Reeves in "Hollywoodland" comes to mind.

    When it comes to directorial work the man who played Holden McNeil shows us where he should have focused his attention…