Reviews

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      Demolition (5/10)


        Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his wife in a car accident in the opening scene of Demolition. As his once seemingly perfect life falls apart, his behaviour becomes more and more erratic. Davis has started writing complaint letters to a vending machine company since one of their machines malfunctioned in the ICU where his wife died. In these letters he discloses personal information – irrelevant for the complaint at hand, but piquing the interest of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts). Karen tracks him down and they connect.


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      Colonia (6/10)


        The Colonia Dignidad (‘Colony of Dignity’) was a religious cult in Chile, led from 1961 by Paul Schaefer, a fugutive from Germany following accusations of child molestation. The Colonia Dignidad was shrouded in secrecy, with up to 300 residents living in the colony behind barbed wire, working mainly as farmers, and never allowed to leave the colony. Whilst trying to portray an image of peace and order to the outside world, over the years it has become clear that the colony suffered daily incidents of torture, (child) rape, and other forms of physical and mental abuse as a means of ‘spiritual growth’.


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      Jewtopia (1/10)


        Christian (Ivan Sergei) wants to marry a Jewish girl so he doesn’t have to make any decisions about anything anymore for the rest of his life; except Chris isn’t Jewish himself, so he asks for the help of his Jewish friend Adam Lipschitz (Joel David Moore) to learn The Ways of The Jew so he can bag himself that Jewish girl (Jennifer Love Hewitt).


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      Independence Day: Resurgence (4/10)


        It is twenty years since the aliens attacked our planet and were defeated by a cunning combination of Jeff Goldblum, a heroic pilot and the invaders’ dazzling inability naivety about the basic concept of a computer firewall. It turns out that a distress call was sent out into deep space and now they’re back, presumably having fully assimilated the sacred text “PC Security for Dummies”. The human race has been busy in the interim…


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      Race (6/10)


        After watching the fun Eddie the Eagle the other day, I thought I’d give another Olympic biopic a go. The story of Jesse Owens is one of the rise of an impressive athlete who had to endure and fight racism at home in the US to make it to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 1936 may have been before WWII, but the nazi regime was already well established including their Racial Cleansing policies.


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      Eddie the Eagle (7/10)


        This movie about how a little boy with big ambitions became Eddie the Eagle may be light fare but it is also admirably successful in what it aims to be: an underdog-comes-out-on-top feel-good movie.

        Eddie (Taron Egerton) has had a dream from a very young age: to compete in the Olympics. It took him decades of hard work to get there. You might expect that hard work to be about someone becoming a world class athlete at their chosen sport – but no that’s not Eddie. He’s not really an athlete at all, and he isn’t committed to a specific sport to shine in either – yet he will achieve his Olympic Dreams.


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      Midnight Special (7/10)


        A seemingly estranged father (Michael Shannon) appears to kidnap his own son from what turns out to be a cult and takes him on the road… But why? And where are they going? And why was the boy revered by this cult?

        The details slowly emerge as the chase progresses and we learn more about the boy, Alton, and certain powers he seems to posess. But we never quite understand them, and the director (Jeff Nichols) keeps playing with the audience’s understanding of what may be going on.


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      London Has Fallen (5/10)


        Well…. we’re well into Guilty Pleasure territory with this one…

        ‘Sort of sequel’ to Olympus has Fallen, this time, you guessed it, London is going down. In a big way. The UK prime minister has passed away and the world’s leaders descend on London for the funeral. Turns out, they are sitting ducks for a massive terrorist attack which will wipe out many of them…


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      13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (7/10)


        ‘Directed by Michael Bay’ has sort of become synonymous with sexy visuals of violent action, cheap thrills and/or mega explosions. This movie has those elements, but it’s trying to be more as well.

        The story is well-known as it was reported extensively by global media at the time: the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and a nearby secret CIA compound (which clearly wasn’t quite ‘secret’ enough…).


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      Synchronicity (4/10)


        What if someone would be able to harness the immense potential energy of Earth spinning in space and redirect that energy to open a wormhole… where would that wormhole lead? A different space, a different time, a different universe in the multiverse, or all of the above…?

        Indeed, that sounds like geek material. But wait, it actually is a love story!


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