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It Might Get Loud

Stylish, but ultimately bog-standard guitar doc. You might rearrange your heroes after watching.


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30th Aug 2015

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Side Effects

Taught, unpredictable thriller. Well played and masterfully directed by Steven Soderbergh.


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30th Aug 2015

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Toy Story 3

Note-perfect sentimentality from Pixar, perfectly capturing the joy and pain of childhood.


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30th Aug 2015

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Attack of the Clones

Brutally incompetent, all-Easter-egg sequel that only makes the @StarWars universe smaller.


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29th Aug 2015

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29th Aug 2015

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Hyena

Despite the clichéd plot, a top cast and stylish direction elevate this violent UK cop pic out the doldrums.


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28th Aug 2015

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LAST FM: On heavy rotation

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Interstellar

Impeccably stylish but deeply flawed, sci-fi with some of the worst pacing ever. Someone reign Nolan in.


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25th Aug 2015

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Haggis vs. black pudding

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25th Aug 2015

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24th Aug 2015

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No sleep till Didcot.

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23rd Aug 2015

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Way out west.

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20th Aug 2015

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Quick stop off at Bon Scott's shrine on the way to work.

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20th Aug 2015

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Good black pudding

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18th Aug 2015

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Briefly in your neighbourhood @ionisation.

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17th Aug 2015

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Men, Women & Children

Thoughtful, high-spec indie from Jason Reitman. Nicely put together, but a little high-concept.


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16th Aug 2015

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15th Aug 2015

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The Phantom Menace

The most disappointing sequel of all time has only got worse with age. Only Darth Maul redeems.


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15th Aug 2015

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Sunbeam Talbot 90

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14th Aug 2015

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Lunch at an all-cheese restaurant. Still feeling funky.

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14th Aug 2015

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Return of the Jedi

Lazy re-hash, adequately directed but saved by outstanding art direction and big set pieces.

Halliwell says: More expensive fantasy for the world's children of all ages, especially the undemanding ones.*


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11th Aug 2015

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The Empire Strikes Back

Classy, emotional, unpredictable sequel. Head and shoulders above the other 5 at every turn.

Halliwell says: More exhilarating interplanetary adventures, as mindless as Star Wars but just as enjoyable for aficionados.**


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10th Aug 2015

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I need one of theses sound proof rooms at home. @PMTHouseOfRock

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9th Aug 2015

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Grease

Out of context this 50s set (70s style) high school musical starring late 20s actors is almost unwatchable.

Halliwell says: Amiable 'period' musical for teenagers: a highly fashionable explotation of the new star John Travolta, its commercialism was undeniable, and it carefully built in appeal to older age groups.**


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7th Aug 2015

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SPACE CHIMP LIVES

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A happy chimp holding a newspaper after surviving his trip to space, 1961.

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Star Wars

Dated, clunky, clumsily directed nonsense - that still manages to capture the worlds imagination.

Halliwell says: Flash Gordon rides again, but with timing so impeccably right that the movie became a phenomenon and one of the top grossers of all time. In view of the hullabaloo, some disappointment may be felt with the actual experience of watching it... but it's certainly good harmless fun, put together with style and imagination.***


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7th Aug 2015

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Niche #unnecessarystreetfoods

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4th Aug 2015

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The Skeleton Twins

Up-market indie with a decent cast putting in solid performances.


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1st Aug 2015

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3-10 to Yuma

Badass, emotional modern western - a perfect storm of plot, script, acting, direction and photography.


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31st Jul 2015

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Minions

Canny animated prequel, upping the tech style while cashing in on the banana-obsessed stars of the original.


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25th Jul 2015

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Rounders

Over-rated cult hit with Damon and Norton, floored by the never-ending dullness of poker on film.


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25th Jul 2015

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The Double

Sub-Gilliam Kafka-esque twoddle. It's all intentional, but just ends up looking like an 80s student film.


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24th Jul 2015

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'71

A decent premise and classy art direction aren't quite enough to elevate this Troubles pic into greatness.


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23rd Jul 2015

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Come on in @rv888

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21st Jul 2015

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Rag top down.

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21st Jul 2015

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Mad Max Fury Road

2 hours of utterly unmotivated nonsense, interspersed with OTT wacky races. But I was never a fan.


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21st Jul 2015

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Standard issue Whitstable photo.

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18th Jul 2015

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The Lion King

1990s re-imagining of Bambi. Equally scary for kids in places, but lacking a certain charm.


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16th Jul 2015

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The Imitation Game

Solid, safe wartime biopic from the British-Oscar-hopeful template.


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11th Jul 2015

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Ant-Man

Efficient Marvel shrinking antics in which that Paul Rudd that you like gets a cool suit from Michael Douglas.


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9th Jul 2015

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6th Jul 2015

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Joe

Well meaning indie that doesn't hit the mark, despite Nic Cage's most serious effort in years.


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3rd Jul 2015

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Luscious outlaw drama. Malick aspirations, hampered by pretensions and clumsy pacing.


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1st Jul 2015

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Fury

Stylish but muddled war clone, lacking the clarity of the classics. Star power pastes over the cracks.


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28th Jun 2015

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Mauritian catering on set today.

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28th Jun 2015

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Entourage

Lazy rehash of the uglier side of the hit TV show. Jim Robinson guest stars


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25th Jun 2015

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Know your market.

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25th Jun 2015

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24th Jun 2015

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21st Jun 2015

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Hell Kitty

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21st Jun 2015

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The elusive chocolate ginger snap.

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21st Jun 2015

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Boyhood

There's less novelty the second time round, but this unique film benefits and even seems less contrived.


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20th Jun 2015

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Kagemusha

Slow 80s samurai doppelganger pic from Akira Kurosawa, which seems all the more epic in the post-CGI world.


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19th Jun 2015

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Clear and Present Danger

Despite the Twitter-unfriendly title, this old fashioned 90s thriller holds up well.


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18th Jun 2015

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18th Jun 2015

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Downfall

Powerful and impressive, but the chamber-piece presentation creates an Abigail’s-Party-for-Nazis vibe.


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17th Jun 2015

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The Counsellor

Indecipherable monologues from Hollywood's A list, shot by a director with a dismal success ratio.


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13th Jun 2015

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13th Jun 2015

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Lucy

Nonsensical, badly cast Euro-Actioner, from a director long past his brief prime.


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12th Jun 2015

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