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The Accountant

A Beautiful Mind meets the A-Team. Convoluted actioner that doesn’t transcend its premise.


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11th Oct 2017

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Deepwater Horizon

Nicely directed, but a true story often doesn’t make for a well shaped film.


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31st Aug 2017

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The Box

Over-complicated, over-stylised mess from a director who clearly fluked his debut.


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30th Aug 2017

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The Lorax

Overlooked Dr. Suess adaptation from the Minions guys. Charming, but lacking a stand out character.


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30th Aug 2017

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The Infiltrator

Utterly standard undercover cop gets in too deep movie.


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29th Aug 2017

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Dunkirk

Despite the good press, it's another shapeless, bloated one-dimensional rough cut from Christopher Nolan.


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17th Aug 2017

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Doctor Strange

Ambitious CGI can’t save this bland comic book entry. Cumberbatch’s accent strikes the death blow.


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17th Aug 2017

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To The Bone

Unchallenging drama investigating life with eating disorders. Occasional Keanu Reeves.


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12th Aug 2017

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Another 48 Hours

Chaotic, bloated sequel. Low on humour and mostly involving bad guys flying through plate glass.


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17th May 2017

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Gimme Danger

Stooges doc that is interesting by default, but dull given that Jim Jarmusch is behind the camera.


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28th Apr 2017

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Our Kind of Traitor

Unremarkable potboiler from Le Carre, with a disappointingly bland turn from Ewan McGregor.


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17th Jan 2017

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Captain America

Civil War

Extended super hero punch up, not dissimilar to the news man brawls of 'Anchorman'.


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1st Jan 2017

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Triple 9

Derivative, badly cast cops + robbers pic. A pale imitation of Heat, without the style or performances.


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12th Nov 2016

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Deadpool

Stupid action movie that never stops winking at the audience.


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4th Nov 2016

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Self/Less

Modern tut, disposing with the style of 'Seconds', science of 'Primer' and even the action of 'Face/Off'.


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3rd Aug 2016

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Jurassic World

Aliens x Jaws 3D in this derivative, gimmick-heavy, CGI-bloated reboot. Chris Pratt keeps it real.


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1st Apr 2016

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Amy

Mundane biopic. Nicely put together with no talking heads - but it's not particularly interesting or inspiring.


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9th Mar 2016

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Spectre

Tension-free, cliche-ridden, cgi enhanced nonsense with terrible casting. Back to the Roger Moore era.


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3rd Feb 2016

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Life of Crime

Standard Jennifer Aniston-does-indie flick. Forgettable, despite being a Jackie Brown prequel.


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26th Dec 2015

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Focus

Surprise free Con-artist-by-numbers pic. They even use the Thomas Crown Affair theme. Mildly entertaining.


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15th Dec 2015

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Kajaki

Well intentioned, but surprisingly tension-free, shapeless Brit land mine pic.


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26th Nov 2015

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Wild

Kaleidoscopic self-discovery wilderness pic that could do with a map. Not unlike Into The Wild.


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18th Nov 2015

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Back In Time

The story of the BTTF trilogy. More of a celebration than any kind of revealing doc.


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29th Oct 2015

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The Theory of Everything

Bog-standard biopic, revealing very little explanation or insight. Poorly crafted too.


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21st Oct 2015

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The Gambler

Expensive self-indulgence. You know a movie's dull when the card playing scenes are the highlight.


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2nd Oct 2015

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All Is By My Side

Vague Hendrix biopic with an impressionistic turn from Andre 3000 and a few nice moments.


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25th Sep 2015

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The Family

Forgettable comedy-drama from a long-past-his-prime Luc Besson. Light on comedy and drama.


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9th Sep 2015

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Smashed

Solid indie, from a convoluted premise. Light on jeopardy, but a decent turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead.


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7th Sep 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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The Art Of Flight

Great cinematography and snowboarding meet the contrived jeopardy typical of 'The Apprentice'.


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9th Jun 2015

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Begin Again

Cookie cutter big budget 'indie', with a bland take on the power of music. Ruffalo should know better.


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8th Jun 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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Alan Partridge Alpha Papa

Mildly amusing feature adventure for Coogan's defining character. Plenty of one liners.


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30th May 2015

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Sunset Strip

Standard issue biopic of the famous street. Star studded, with a lot of nip and tuck. Bonus Duff.


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23rd May 2015

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Paddington

Miscast, unambitious adaptation, squeezing the source into a dull Notting Hill/Working Title template.


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24th Mar 2015

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22 Jump Street

LOL-filled second helping, far short of the action-comedies of the 80s.


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15th Mar 2015

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Pocahontas

Thin, underdeveloped Disney pic with uninspiring animation.


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7th Mar 2015

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Before I Go To Sleep

Derivative amnesia thriller ….that still manages to remain vaguely intriguing.


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31st Jan 2015

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The Score

Disappointing, great-on-paper heist flick, with an underwhelming final turn from Brando.


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19th Jan 2015

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Sabotage

Ultra violence and cocky dialogue from cliched tough guys help sink this glitzy Ten Little Indians rehash.


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3rd Jan 2015

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Maleficent

Angelina Jolie brought only her avatar to this tedious, post-LOTR, cgi rehash of the classic fairy tale.


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2nd Jan 2015

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Frozen

Disney's latest mega-sensation is heavy on songs, light on jeopardy and is missing an antagonist.


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26th Dec 2014

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Multiplicity

If you like Michael Keaton, you'll love this screwball comedy that doesn't really have a start or end.


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24th Dec 2014

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Save The Date

Slight, middle-class, hipster dramedy - saved from disaster by some reliable casting.


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23rd Dec 2014

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Felony

Underwhelming Aussie police thriller. A slim concept, padded out to feature length.


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19th Dec 2014

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The Hottest State

Heavy-handed coming-of-age movie that attempts to capture some of Linklater's charm.


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12th Dec 2014

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