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  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★½

    Not a challenging watch - or much of a surprise if you've seen the trailer. It's a warm-hearted twist on the boy-meets-girl story. "Pretty Woman but [Seth Rogan] is Julia Roberts". Filled with pop culture references, and thinly-veiled political commentary, it's a feel-good flick with a few good chortles. A nice twist to have a positive Republican character in an otherwise leftist film - it almost began to bridge a gap between people with different political ideologies but instead stays well clear of anything that heavy. Charlie Theron continues to excel in every genre she gets involved in. A safe choice for date-night, but nothing more.

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★½

    Not a challenging watch - or much of a surprise if you've seen the trailer. It's a warm-hearted twist on the boy-meets-girl story. "Pretty Woman but [Seth Rogan] is Julia Roberts". Filled with pop culture references, and thinly-veiled political commentary, it's a feel-good flick with a few good chortles. A nice twist to have a positive Republican character in an otherwise leftist film - it almost began to bridge a gap between people with different political ideologies but instead stays well clear of anything that heavy. Charlie Theron continues to excel in every genre she gets involved in. A safe choice for date-night.

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  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★½

    A nice introduction to Netflix's interactive capability but it could have gone further. The 10-sec decision period felt awkwardly filled with ad-libbed/out-of-place dialogue that made it feel more cringe than creepy and whilst there was plenty for the fans, I wasn't moved by the story or the performances. We expect Black Mirror to paint a dark view of humanity but how this explores the pointlessness of our decision-making perhaps speaks more of Charlie Brooker's experience in developing this episode than of the philosophy of free will in general.

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★½

    It's a good movie with some accomplished visuals, performance capture technology and a great lead. The action is snappy and it's great on 3D Laser IMAX. It does, however feel like many other post-apocalyptic steam-punk sci-fi movies already out there and doesn't really add much to the genre. It sets up the sequel nicely with an intriguing floating city and a mysterious villain. As long as it doesn't go the way of The Maze Runner, this should be a reasonable way to spend a few hours.