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A Serious Man

Ethan and Joel Coen

A Serious Man? A seriously boring film.

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Finding Dory

Convoluted, charmless sequel. A rare misfire from Pixar.


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17th Sep 2017

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American Honey

Andrea Arnold transplants her class observations to the US. Unforgivably long, if beautifully shot.


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17th Sep 2017

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Ordinary World

Billie Joe Armstrong plays a former star dealing with 40. Good concept, rendered as flat as possible.


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16th Sep 2017

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Passengers

Woefully inept, on-the-nose sci-fi romance. A reasonable concept executed in the worst way possible.


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10th Sep 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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Arrival

Stylish modern sci-fi with a clever structure, but it's still a film about subtitled aliens.


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24th Aug 2017

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The Lobster

Clever, quirky, black comedy parable that runs out of steam.


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23rd 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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Moana

Flawless new-generation animation from Disney. Action, heart, comedy and very catchy songs.


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6th Aug 2017

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Nocturnal Animals

Intense, terrifying, riveting thriller from Tom Ford. Great performances and assured direction.


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22nd Jul 2017

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The Girl With All The Gifts

Reasonable zombie drama. More rewarding than Walking Dead, but still a bit derivative.


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14th Jul 2017

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Captive

Intense, borderline arthouse Canadian kidnap drama from Atom Egoyan. Ryan Reynolds impresses.


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8th Jul 2017

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Cake

Self-important, slightly contrived mainstream indie with the one with the good hair from Friends.


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8th Jul 2017

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Song to Song

More clichéd Terrence Malick. Amazing cinematography. Meandering improv. Great real-world settings.


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6th Jul 2017

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Threads

Brutal 80s TV movie, imagining nuclear winter. Age has blended the stock footage to horrifying perfection.


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3rd Jul 2017

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The Intern

Surprisingly charming, sentimental, old style movie with no need for an antagonist. Plus, solid DeNiro.


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1st Jul 2017

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Jack Reacher

Never Go Back

Serviceable action sequel that ticks a lot of boxes without thinking outside of any.


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27th Jun 2017

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Sing

Totally predictable, thoroughly inspiring animated sing-a-long for the X-Factor generation.


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24th Jun 2017

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Bad Moms

B-list, mis-cast, low-ball girl gang comedy. Weak.


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19th Jun 2017

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War Machine

Catastrophically miscast black comedy that fails at every turn. Big let down from star and director.


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11th Jun 2017

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Absolutely Fabulous

Effortless retread of a show that survived well past it's sell-by date.


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29th May 2017

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Suicide Squad

Codswallop that's as indecipherable as every other recent DC movie. Terrible script, hammy acting.


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22nd May 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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Ghostbusters

Lazy, half-baked remake/reboot, totally lacking in charm.


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17th May 2017

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Daddy's Home

Wafer thin parenting parable, barely coasting along on the charm of Ferrell and Wahlberg.


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16th May 2017

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Hell or High Water

Classic western tropes burn slowly to an intense finale. Classic Jeff Bridges.


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12th May 2017

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Jason Bourne

Tired, pointless rehash of a franchise that long ran out of steam.


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6th 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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One More Time With Feeling

Poingiant doc of the latest Bad Seeds album. Still falls into the usual making-of box.


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26th Apr 2017

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Captain Fantastic

Stylish, thought-provoking indie contemplating the weighty responsibilities of parenthood.


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22nd Apr 2017

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The Fugitive

Great 90s blockbuster, with Harrison Ford carrying the movie on top finger-wagging form.


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18th Mar 2017

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Demolition

Accomplished character piece. Almost stretches itself a bit thin, but it's stylish enough to transcend.


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18th Mar 2017

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Garden State

Dated indie classic that uses music to create pseudo-sentimental highs of little real substance.


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18th Mar 2017

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Supersonic

Engaging, nostalgic doc which meanders through the rise and rise of 1995’s greatest band ever.


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14th Mar 2017

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Drugstore Cowboy

Quintessential Gus Van Zant. Great art direction, acting and photography. Possibly better with age.


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7th Mar 2017

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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Confident indie comedy-thriller that pitches itself perfectly.


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4th Mar 2017

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Still Life

Thoughtful character study, with Eddie Marsan standing up for those who slip through the cracks.


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26th Feb 2017

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The Lego Batman Movie

Brutally fast paced meta-fest, backed up by the most sensible bat-plot for a long time.


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16th Feb 2017

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Money Monster

Tenuous financial hostage thriller, that doesn't add up to the sum of its parts.


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11th Feb 2017

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Green Room

Disappointing punk rock horror thriller, that doesn't make the best of its left field set up.


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9th Feb 2017

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Lethal Weapon

Potentially forgettable buddy cop pic, elevated by a killer script and live wire performances.

Halliwell says: Extremely violent policier which caters to the Rambo crowd but has enough pizazz to recommend it to most classes.*


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1st Feb 2017

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Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Accomplished, charming NZ indie comedy that wears its influences well.


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1st Feb 2017

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Raiders

The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Inspiring doc about the kids remaking Raiders over 7 summers.


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24th Jan 2017

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The Beatles

Eight Days a Week

Inspiring reminder of the sheer volume of trail blazing laid down by The Beatles.


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22nd Jan 2017

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The Goonies

Seminal kids movie that I underrated in '85. Shot with an easy pace, until the free-swim at the end.

Halliwell says: The bottomless pit of the Spielberg genre, a silly tale which takes forever to get going and is acted by children who have not studied elocution. The trick effects when they come are OK, but it's a long annoying haul to that point.


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22nd Jan 2017

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