Reviews

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      Bone Tomahawk (4/10)


        I’ll admit that I haven’t been a big fan of the growing set of genre cross-over movies of the last decade. Movies such as Cowboys and Aliens, American Ultra and even Zombieland always turn out to be disappointing. Bone Tomahawk more than disappoints; it is a bad movie.


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      There Will Be Blood (7/10)


        The movie starts in 1898, depicting the early days of California oil prospecting through the experiences of a Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis). Actually, he initially is a gold miner, but he happens upon the black version instead.


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      Dark Star (7/10)


        The deep space explorer Dark Star, with an original crew of five, has the task of finding unstable planets in alien star systems and destroying them to make way for later colonisation. It is a black comedy, the crew having been cooped up together for twenty years and clearly at the end of their respective tethers in assorted ways.


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      The Walk (7/10)


        It starts off with introducing Joseph-Gordon Levitt as Petit. He narrates from the top of the Statue of Liberty, or he narrates as voice-over, or he narrates in character, but he never not narrates. Must be in case the viewer may miss something of the story. And Gordon-Levitt narrates and over-acts his Frenchness with such aplomb, I can only imagine he modelled his character on Pepé Le Pew himself…


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      It Follows (6.5/10)


        It Follows certainly borrows from classics in the genre. There is a definite John Carpenter feel to the overall plot and to various scenes, channeling in particular elements from ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Thing’. And of course there is the classic horror-movie lesson that Teen Sex Leads To An Ugly Death.


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      Lucy (4/10)


        Scarlett Johansson plays the titular Lucy, a woman who accidentally gets entangled in a drug trafficking deal – and before she knows it, she is a mule herself with half a kilo of CPH4 implanted in her body. As things go wrong, she develops super-human skills, beyond anyone’s imagination…


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      The Guest (5/10)


        Dan Stevens plays David, who is The Guest: a soldier visiting the family of a friend who died in action. The Petersons sort of welcome him into their home, and in a short few days he manages to move from a surprise guest at the door to an almost integral part of their lives, having the best interest of all the Petersons at heart.


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      Carol (9/10)


        The movie is set in December 1952, initially in New York. Therese is a young girl working in a department store who has ambitions to be a photographer, and has drifted into a relationship with Richard, who wants her to come away with him on a trip to Europe, and has stated his intention to marry her. One day in the department store Therese sees a confident, beautiful middle aged woman called Carol (Cate Blanchett), and is intrigued by her.


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      Bridge of Spies (7/10)


        In the depths of the cold war a Russian agent Rudolf Abel (actually a KGB colonel called Vilyam Fisher, though the movie does not reveal this), played by Mark Rylance, is arrested. The US bar council asks a prominent attorney called James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), who made his name at the Nuremberg Trials but now works in Insurance, to take on the role of defending Abel – they want American justice to be seen to be done before Abel is inevitably convicted and possibly executed.


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      Ant-Man (7/10)


        Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man – but now too old and worn to don the miniature superhero suit himself, he sets out to find a suitable replacement. Who knew that could be Paul Rudd (as Scott Lang), who shows that he can do more than just being the cutesy boyfriend in yet another middle of the road rom-com.


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