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  • The Similars

    The Similars

    ★★★★

    It's a bit Twilight Zone, a bit Pontypool, a bit Bill Oddie. In the end it doesn't really add up to a lot, but the trip is audacious.

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★★

    I don't think this adds anything essential, nor explores growing up or the passage of time in any particularly meaningful way. There are plenty of bits which are just sort of there because they were in a book (Henry Bowers is a prime example). Not sure anything had the resonance of riding to beat the devil from the first mini-series (but maybe that is the visiccitudes of memory).

    Having said all that, this is close to the length of the…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

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

    The rhythm-less pacing and nostalgic box-ticking made it all a bit tedious, but there were still moments of spectacle to be had. The new cast was pretty good, even as they were mostly holding on to the plot as it rushed by.

    I think my main trouble was that everything was so small; certain pieces of tech notwithstanding. It wasn't really a galaxy, just 4 or 5 locations where Skywalker kin kept bumping into each other randomly. At least we…

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    ★★★½

    I couldn't say I've followed the plot of this particular franchise with close attention, but it's usually nice to see Alice back in action, and this delivers well enough. I do remember the first movie quite fondly though, and in calling back to that they do finish things off very neatly -- and possibly with more sense than might be expected.