Reviews

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      Taken 3 (4/10)


        I remember Liam Neeson saying a couple of years ago: ‘Taken 3? I don’t think there’ll be a Taken 3. She can’t get taken again, that’s just bad parenting’. But Taken 3 did happen. Kim does get taken again. And it is bad parenting indeed.

        It is also a bad movie unfortunately.


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      Frank (5/10)


        Michael Fassbender does quite a good job acting in this movie, especially considering he spends most of it hiding in a paper mache head. And that fake head things isn’t as gimmicky and annoying as I had feared when first hearing about this movie.

        But that big fake head can’t hide the fact that it is a fairly non-eventful movie.


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      Warrior (7/10)


        The major weakness of this movie is that the underdog-to-heroes plot is utterly predictable. Yet I would say it is a recommended watch if you enjoy fight movies. I rank it well above the classic Rocky in any case.


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      Fury (6/10)


        Fury is visually very impressive. Technically speaking, the cinematography, editing and soundstage are excellent, and seeing this on a big 4K screen with 7.1 surround is fantastic. Lots of pin sharp scenes whilst the thumping of shells is all around you.


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      X + Y (7/10)


        Morgan Matthews’ low budget film follows a teenage boy, Nathan Ellis, who is autistic but has considerable talent for mathematics.

        This is a surprisingly engaging little film, which probably cost about 1% of an X Men blockbuster but is more worthy of your time.


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      Starred Up (8/10)


        Jack O’Connell plays Eric, a 19 year old convict, who gets ‘starred up’ – meaning he gets ‘promoted’ from juvenile detention to adult prison – in his case 2 years early due to his extremely violent behaviour.

        There is no other backstory – we join when Eric arrives in the new prison and experience first hand how he endures and persists in this prison – the same one his father has already been in for 14 years.


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      Wild (6/10)


        Cheryl strayed from the path after her mother’s death and to find her way again she decides to hike 1100 miles to redemption along the Pacific Crest Trail.

        It really is a roadtrip movie – well a hiking journey movie – and Cheryl’s experiences along the way are small, focusing on the here and now – be it meeting men she is not sure she can trust, various animals, or kind strangers. The storytelling is interspersed with flashbacks allowing us to learn a bit more about who she is and why she is on this hike.


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      Interstellar (9/10)


        It has been a long while since there has been a science fiction movie with this level of grand ambitions. The Director, Christopher Nolan, lists various movies that have inspired him for Interstellar, including Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. For me the more obvious comparison however is with Contact.


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      ’71 (7/10)


        Jack O’Connel is the strong lead in ’71. He plays a British soldier, Gary, expecting to be stationed in Germany, but instead his unit ends up ‘helping’ in Belfast. Early in his deployment he accidentally gets separated from and then abandonded by his unit in a Belfast ghetto, leaving him to find a way to survive amongst ‘the Troubles’.


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      The Congress (4/10)


        The Congress sets out a future where live actors are no longer needed – Hollywood will just ‘scan’ the people they want and from there on in their digital alter-egos will do all the work.

        A potentially interesting concept, with Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti. Halfway through the movie switches style from live-action to animation, which turns out to be a defining love-it-or-hate-it moment. It didn’t work for me, and you lose interest in a concept and storyline that seems to go from interesting to silly in a matter of a couple of minutes…


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