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  • High spy – ‘American Ultra’
    High spy – ‘American Ultra’

    Stoner action comedy never quite clicks

    We’re gradually coming to the end of the 2015 summer blockbuster season. One of the most interesting cinematic aspects of August is the fact that there are inevitably films that don’t quite measure up to the bar set by our seasonal expectations; these are just movies that fail to fit the mold for whatever reason. That isn’t to say that they’re bad, necessarily – though they often are. It’s just that they are different.

  • Gangsta gangsta – ‘Straight Outta Compton’
    Gangsta gangsta – ‘Straight Outta Compton’

    Solid biopic chronicles the story of rap giants N.W.A.

    It is said that history is written by the victors. There are few spheres in which that is more accurate than in the realm of the biopic. These movies – particularly the ones receiving the subject’s stamp of approval – have a tendency to emphasize the positive while relegating the negative to the back burner, using it more as a tool for generating drama than as any sort of significant narrative device.

  • Guy Richie cries ‘U.N.C.L.E.’
    Guy Richie cries ‘U.N.C.L.E.’

    Adaptation of ‘60s spy show more style than substance

    There are relatively few directors out there today whose aesthetic is so obviously theirs. They make the kinds of movies that make you say “Oh, So-and-so did this” within moments – often before the opening credits have even finished rolling. And in a cinematic world that becomes increasingly cookie-cutter with each passing year, that’s a good thing.

  • Old time rock and roll – ‘Ricki and the Flash’
    Old time rock and roll – ‘Ricki and the Flash’

    Film transcends its flaws thanks largely to Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep is generally understood to be the greatest actress of her generation. With scads of Oscar nominations (19 at last count) and three wins, she’s achieved an unprecedented amount of critical acclaim. She has brilliantly inhabited iconic characters from all across humanity’s spectrum.

  • Bland-tastic Bore
    Bland-tastic Bore

    ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot falls flat

    The boom in superhero movies has given fans of the comic book realm – myself very much included – a lot to celebrate over the past few years. We’ve seen dozens of beloved characters brought to vivid life on the big screen; audiences and critics alike have largely delighted to the brightly-colored spandex spectacles that have been laid out before us.

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