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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★½

    Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge - 5/10

    The sequel to Wes Craven's classic fails to recapture the spirit and tone of the first film. Freddy is underwritten and the film really suffers for it. The scenes with the parents were oddly entertaining and it turns out the Mother was played by Oscar nominated actress Hope Lange.

    Mark Patton tries his best but is ultimately a strange choice of lead. His girlish flamboyance was apparently a deliberate choice and there is a whole subtext about repressed homosexuality that doesn't really go anywhere. The film is redeemed by the weird, surrealist sequences at the end.

  • Rocky Balboa

    Rocky Balboa

    ★★★

    Rocky Balboa - 7/10

    I've been slowly working my way through the franchise and, with the exception of 5, every film maintains a consistent level of quality. Stallone is great at writing scripts that are wholly relevant to where he was in life at the time.

    Despite some tenuous links to the original films, this is a very good send off for cinemas most iconic boxer. Stallone insists that the fight at the end was for real and it is arguably one of the best fights in the series.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    Hereditary - 7/10

    This is a very strange one for me to review. I saw it yesterday morning and still feel like I need tome to process it, or a second viewing. There's so much to get excited about with A24 producing these throwback, atmospheric horror films (The VVitch, It Only Comes At Night). You get the feeling that these are horror films that are being made by people who really know the genre and how to create unnerving scenes.…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    Solo: A Star Wars Story - 5/10

    An insipid, predictable and badly acted adventure film that prioritises frenetic, noisy action ahead of character driven story.

    Its no surprise that a project that had such well publicised production problems has resulted in such a vacuous shell of a movie. This is a film that had no demand and didn't need to be made.

    They auditioned hundreds of actors for the titular role and Alden Ehrenreich is the best that they could…