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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:35

Bourne again - 'Jason Bourne'

Damon returns for fourth Jason Bourne film

The sheer number of films that come out each year can prove to be a bit overwhelming. There are so many, in fact, that it is inevitable that there will be occasional gaps in coverage simply put, it's really hard to see everything.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:13

Above and 'Beyond'

Third 'Star Trek' film a solid franchise offering

The reinvention of a beloved pop culture property is never going to be easy. Finding the proper balance between loyalty to preexisting fans and finding ways to welcome new ones has proven to be the downfall of numerous films in recent years.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:11

Jumping at shadows - 'Lights Out'

Smart horror film offers story and scares in equal measure

Perhaps no film genre is quite as hit or miss as horror movies. The nature of horror is such that it allows for a wide range of levels of execution. That is, you can drop a big budget on a horror movie, but you can also make one for a relative pittance. However, the resulting quality is wildly variant; in short, there are a lot of mediocre and flat-out bad horror flicks made every year.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:44

Who you gonna call? - 'Ghostbusters'

Talented cast brings reboot of beloved comedy classic to life

Few movies have suffered the sort of instant backlash/resentment that was inspired by the remake/reboot of 'Ghostbusters.' Armed with little more than an overly reverent nostalgia and an (admittedly not-great) first trailer not to mention plenty of good old fashioned misogyny hordes of nitwits and trolls took to the internet to bemoan the lack of quality in a film that none of them had even seen yet.

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The past few years have seen the rise of a subgenre of comedic film, movies marked by the foul-mouthed, ludicrous and largely consequence-free antics of idiotic man-boys, overgrown children whose ability to function in any semblance of the real world strains the bounds of suspension of disbelief. They feature long, improv-driven riffs and plenty of raunchy moments.

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Blockbuster treatment of beloved character a flat, generic bore

Few fictional characters are as ingrained in the collective consciousness quite like Tarzan. From his first appearance in Edgar Rice Burroughs's 'Tarzan of the Apes' back in 1912, the story of a man born and raised in the African jungle a man who learned to live among the animals by becoming one with the animals has resonated.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:43

Big and friendly indeed - 'The BFG'

Family film offers stunning visuals, sweet sentiment

We all have cultural touchstones that we love particularly those from our youth. Our fond memories of these works, be they books, films, television shows or what have you, are ingrained in us. So it's no surprise that the Hollywood machine would look to these past properties in an effort to cash in on their reinvigoration though the results can sometimes disappoint.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:12

Swimming with sharks - 'The Shallows'

Shark attack film offers surprising depth of entertainment

In the cinematic circumstances in which we currently find ourselves, the relentlessness of promotion is inescapable. This means that we have access to an unprecedented amount of information about films before they even arrive on our local screens. Trailers, sneak previews, early reviews it has reached the point where we seemingly can't help but form an opinion about a film before we've even seen it. And most of the time, those prematurely-formed opinions are relatively accurate ones.

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Dynamic Kevin Hart/The Rock pairing offers comedic chemistry

It's relatively easy to make a passable action comedy. Just string together a handful of jokes with some decently-crafted action sequences into something vaguely resembling a plot, then toss a few recognizable faces into the mix. Boom a serviceable and (probably) not-terrible action comedy.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:05

Fish out of water Finding Dory'

Pixar sequel an entertaining, emotionally charged offering

I'm in the bag for Pixar.

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