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Isn’t It Romantic

Witty, if a little obvious, post-meta rom-com.


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1st Mar 2019

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Bone Tomahawk

Brutally violent, post-Tarantino western. It’s all a bit mechanical.


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2nd Jun 2018

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Vol 2

Stylish, fast-paced, amusing antidote to the endless stream of generic superhero movies.


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27th Dec 2017

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Star Wars

The Last Jedi

Shambolic sequel that squanders the promising set up from JJ, plus 40 years of anticipation.


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21st Dec 2017

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The Hateful Eight

Tarantino zeros in on the most-tedious-film-ever award. Someone get the guy a new editor.


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7th Jan 2017

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Revenge of the Sith

Utterly bloated sequel, clumsily squandering the most anticipated lightsaber duel of all time.


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6th Sep 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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Bad Neighbours

Auto-pilot anti-frat comedy, lacking the necessary heavyweight ensemble cast.


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6th Jun 2015

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Northern Soul

Stylish, competent debut from Elaine Constantine - with a dull script written by the coming-of-age app.


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28th Mar 2015

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X~Men

Days of Future Past

Text book comic book time hopping antics. Clever twists and a heathy franchise future.


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15th Sep 2014

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Stand Up Guys

Aimless OAP gangster antics with Pacino and Walken wandering around for a bit.


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6th Apr 2014

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Trailer Park: True Detective

Looking forward to this one: starts Jan 12 HBO, sometime in Feb on Sky Atlantic.

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Django Unchained

Too long as usual, but relative restraint from Tarantino makes for his best pic since Jackie Brown.


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11th Oct 2013

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Trouble With The Curve

Solid grumpy old baseball scout turn from Clint that pitches itself as the anti-Moneyball.


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21st Sep 2013

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MPFree: Midlake - Antiphon

They've lost their singer, but Midlake are ploughing on.

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19th Aug 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Behind The Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh's "last" directing job: Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon his secret lover. Coming to HBO May 26 / Sky Atlantic soon after hopefully.

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RIP: Carmine Infantino (1925-2013)

Good obit over on @AICN for the DC comics artist.

“There are few people in this world that have had as much of an impact on the industry as Carmine,” added DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He bridged both the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, shepherding in some of the most successful periods in our history and setting the course of our characters that is still seen today. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever.”

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Blue Valentine

Decent character study that gets bogged down in predictable anti-plotting and self-importance.


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13th Jan 2013

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Tarantino Unchained

Two sides to QT's promo rounds for Django Unchained (which early reports are suggesting is pretty good) - here he is on C4 news "shutting" Krishnan Guru-Murty's "butt down", and then he's a bit more calm discussing his overall film career on Film 2013 (sounds like he's looking forward to the Tarantino Greatest Hits Boxset).

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The Watch

More loose dudecom antics, Richard Ayaode joins Stiller/Hill/Vaughan on suburban neighbourhood patrol.


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23rd Dec 2012

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Trailer Park: Dust Up

This new desert showdown may well be from the post-Tarantino school of retromania, but it's still kind of fun to see people making goofy B-movies. 

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Frantic

Harrison F cherchez sa femme in this 87 Paris thriller. Lots of Grace Jones in les clubs as une hipster helps.

Halliwell says: Amiable thriller with Hitchcockian touches, quite untypical of this director.*


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14th Jul 2012

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Board To Death: Dark Side Of The Lens

beautifully shot, multi award-winning surf video from Mickey Smith (via this Atlantic piece in praise of Vimeo as the place to find director-led online videos)

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4th Jul 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: The Man With Iron Fists

Kung full-on trailer for RZA's directorial debut. As you might have guessed from years of Shaw Brothers samples, it's a martial arts showdown - co-written with Eli Roth, Tarantino presents - you get the idea. Starring Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Rick Yune and David Bautista, with Grace Huang, Pam Grier, Gordon Liu.

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Promo Promo: Frying Dutchman - humanERROR

A passionate anti-nuclear punk-meets-westcoast epic rant from Japanese band Frying Dutchman (via @YukaCHonda)

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Trailer Park: Django Unchained

Tarantino has a go at a western, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Out at Christmas

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7th Jun 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Breathless

Superficial 80s remake of the New Wave classic. Obviously made an impression on Tarantino.

Halliwell says: Fashionable amalgam of sex and violence, borrowed from A Bout de Souffle but far to long after the event.


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7th May 2012

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The Muppets

Fuzzy get-felt-gang-back-together feel-good antics. Man Or Muppet? song v Conchords, bonus Dave Grohl cameo.


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21st Mar 2012

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Married To The Mob

Tight, multi-layered comedy in Jonathan Demme's best film - and the antidote to 'Goodfellas'.

Halliwell says: Effervescent comedy-thriller that bubbles merrily along.**


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23rd Feb 2012

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

More mindless big budget tentpole antics. Nothing new to report, Cap'n.


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30th Jan 2012

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