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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★

    Hollywood's current obsession with mining nostalgia has so far focussed chiefly on the '80s, the decade that saw pop culture truly explode into a commercially exploitable industry. By comparison, the '90s is looked back on as the decade in which the 'indie' world fought back, both in music and cinema, so it's not so easily exploited now - don't expect big budget remakes of Pulp Fiction or Clerks anytime soon.

    Ironically, one of the commercial '90s movies that elicits the…

  • Leatherface

    Leatherface

    While none of Halloween's sequels could ever match the brilliance of John Carpenter's film, roughly half of them are worthwhile and a cut above (pun intended) the average '80s slasher. Speaking of average '80s slashers, the Friday the 13th franchise has maintained a consistent level of mediocrity in keeping with the lacklustre cash-in that kicked off that series. A Nightmare on Elm Street however is arguably bested by its second sequel, 1987's Dream Warriors. In contrast, none of the sequels/prequels…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★

    Spectre is like one of those boutique magazines you find in hotel rooms and on passenger planes. It's printed on glossy paper, immaculately designed and packed with appealing products, but devoid of engaging content.

    Read the review by Eric Hillis

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.

    This is nothing new of course…