Reviews

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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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      A Second Chance (5/10)


        Andreas appears to be living a dream life. He lives in the kind of Scandinavian home on the waterfront that has probably been showcased in various design magazines; his wife Anna is almost as good looking as he is himself; and they have just a little baby boy Alexander to make their idyllic little life complete.


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      Snowtown (7/10)


        John Bunting is Australia’s worst serial killer, convicted for 11 murders he committed between 1992 and 1999 (a 12th could not be proven). These murders took place mostly in the suburbs of Adelaide, but the bodies were discovered some 150km away in Snowtown, hence the name of the movie (internationally released under the title ‘The Snowtown Murders’).


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      Before We Go (5/10)


        Before We Go is the directorial debut of Chris Evans. He has chosen to do something completely different from his Captain America/Avengers franchise and go small. Maybe even too small as this movie lacks the depth of emotion to care much about its outcome.


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      Z for Zachariah (7/10)


        After an unexplained nuclear event, a young woman Ann has been living as sole survivor for at least a year or two on her parents’ farm in a valley which seems to have been shielded from the radiation that has killed most if not all other people. One day, another survivor stumbles upon her patch: Mr Loomis, infected with radiation sickness. Ann nurses him back to health. As his strength returns, Mr Loomis begins to help out around the farm to amongst other things ensure they have food to survive the next winter.


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      Goon (6/10)


        I can’t say Seann William Scott is an actor who would attract me to watch a movie – his highlights are a set of silly roles in well-below-mediocre movies like Dude Where’s My Car, American Loser, and of course the American Pie franchise.

        But I did watch Goon, with Scott in the titular role. He plays Doug Glatt, a nice-but-dim bouncer who hasn’t found his ‘thing’ yet, unlike his loudmouthed rude and crude best friend Pat, or his doctor brother.


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      No Escape (6/10)


        Texan engineer Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) moves with his wife (Lake Bell) and two young daughters to an unnamed Asian country (ahum… Thailand) to start an expat job at a water plant to help improve water quality in the region. They are clearly inexperienced travellers but luckily they meet a jovial businessman (Pierce Brosnan) on the plane who helps them on their way. When Jack strolls around town the next day looking for a newspaper, he all of a sudden finds himself in the middle of a rebellion. He manages to find his way back to the hotel which turns out to also be under attack by the same rebels. He transforms from clueless expat to man-on-a-mission to keep his family safe in a world spiralling rapidly out of control…


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      The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (5/10)


        Guy Ritchie based this spy movie on the original 60s TV show, but other than most modern remakes he didn’t transplant the concept to today – it is still set in the 1960s. And it is an ‘origins’ story – ie how U.N.C.L.E. (Unified Network Command for Law and Enforcement) came about. So far so good.

        But the storyline…the acting… the cinematography… bah humbug…


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