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The Girl with All the Gifts
A good refreshing take on the zombie genre set in a post apocalyptic Britain. The country has been infected by a fungal virus which has turned most of the population into zombies nicknamed Hungries. Humanity is now relying on a second generation of hybrid children, that can still think and learn, especially one special girl called Melanie. The movie is well directed and acted. The story is clever and thought provoking with an absolutely banger of an ending. It's also got plenty of zombie action, and gruesome gore. The main cast of Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine are great. Zombie movie fans should enjoy this one.
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Morgan

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Foxcatcher
 Foxcatcher 7/10
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Foxcatcher
Based on a true story, this is about 2 Olympic gold winning wrestling brothers - David the eldest and Mark. Mark is struggling to make ends meet. He is flown to the estate of millionaire eccentric John Du Pont who offers to train him with all expenses paid. John Du Pont is driven by the need to impress his disapproving mother Jean who views wrestling as a low sport. Things begin to sour between Mark and John which ultimately leads to a shocking conclusion. This is Channing Tatum and Steve Carell stretching out their acting skills. Mark Ruffalo is doing his normal good work. It's a quiet character study. The most interesting part of the movie is watching these actors inhabit these characters. However there isn't much tension in the drama. It's not what you might class as a sports movie but behind the scenes drama about relationship, isolation, loneliness and fight for self glory. If you don't know the real life story about what happened the ending will come as a big surprise.
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Europa Report
This is a slow paced documentary style look at a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. The crew start to die one by one for various reasons and we look in on the drama from the perspective of CCTV and hand held cameras. The pace of the movie is very pedestrian but it kind of makes you relax as you watch it. Fair play to the director for not going down the easy route of injecting jump scares as the crew find they are not alone on the surface of the planet. There is genuine tension in the movie thanks to an ominous soundtrack and the eerie silence of the movie's setting. And, as always, less is more. Don't expect too much in the way of character development, however, you do come to feel for the members of the crew as various mishaps start to occur. A good low key found footage sci-fi movie even though it was fairly predictable. It's well worth checking out.
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Europa Report

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Mea culpa

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Mea culpa
A fast paced French thriller about the son of a disgraced former policeman who witnesses a murder by a vicious gang and finds himself targeted by them. His father and an ex-colleague from the police take matters into their own hands. What a belter of a movie this is. There's barely a slow moment here, just constant thrills and excitement as the plot twists and turns along with frenetic action sequences. The cinematography is top notch and could quite easily show more than a few Hollywood directors how to shoot action that feels exciting, realistic, and fresh. Great acting by Vincent Lindon as the father trying to protect his son and ex-wife. Gilles Lellouche is also fantastic as Lindon's former partner who helps him out. A word of warning as well about a bull fight sequence which may upset some viewers. Overall, a top notch movie by French director Fred Cavaye.
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What the Health
An interesting documentary about the links between the food we eat to the epidemic of diseases such as diabetes that is taking place in many countries at the moment. It's easy for people to say that this documentary is just a promotion by vegans to encourage us to drop meat from our diet and adopt a plant based one instead. You just have to see the examples here to see that it works for some but it'll take a little bit more convincing to make me change my eating habits. Anyway, Kip Anderson who stars in and narrates the documentary goes around various companies to try and find out the things they don't want the general public to discover. None of the so-called big companies such as the American Heart Association come out looking rosy here. It's up to you what you take out from this movie - for some it might change their life, for others they'll just shrug it off as vegan propaganda and carry on as before. At least it'll make you think about what you eat. I thought it was really informative and I enjoyed it.
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What the Health

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Carry On Hotel

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Carry On Hotel
Not an installment of the British Carry On series but a HK comedy set in a high rise hotel with various silly slapstick going-ons taking place. Despite having a good cast such as Richard Ng and Eric Tsang as guests of the hotel, this isn't a very funny movie at all despite the goofiness on display. Certain moments managed to make me smile but it's not a laugh out loud movie. You'll find that the majority of the cast have performed in better HK comedies than this. The 90 mins passes by quickly though. Only take a look if you've got nothing better to see.
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Pandora
With a heavy nod to the Fukushima disaster in Japan, this Korean movie is about an explosion and the nuclear meltdown that follows at an ageing power plant after an earthquake. It also focuses on the efforts by the workers already infected by radiation poisoning to stop the situation from getting worse and the sacrifices they make. It's quite an emotional ride this movie with a lot of sadness and melodrama. I take it the director of the movie wanted to warn the human race of the risks that are involved by continuing to use nuclear fuel. It's definitely a very realistic and compelling story. It works out on multiple levels, because you are equally interested in what happens to the power plant and on a national scale, but at the same time you have an equal interest in the characters throughout the movie. There is a great sense of urgency and panic throughout and that really helped to cement the realism that permeates through the movie. If you enjoy disaster movies and you're a fan of Asian cinema, then you definitely owe it to yourself to sit down and watch this movie.
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Pandora

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Strayer

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Strayer
Basically this is the Japanese version of the X-Men except it is full of teenagers and it is definitely more dull. The story is about 2 groups of teenage mutants. Their parents were subjected to 2 different experiments by the government in the early 1990's in order to provoke their child into getting mutations. However, by using their new powers means they're not expected to live that long. I wouldn't have minded this X-Men rip-off if it was interesting and exciting but it's not. The powers that each character has is great (such as one girl that uses the metal from her teeth braces as a weapon) but the story itself is rather dull and doesn't go anywhere. The fighting between the 2 mutant groups is acceptable at best although things pick up slightly when troops come in to try and eliminate all of the mutants. I didn't find the characters particularly engaging. They are dare I say rather bland and you don't seem to really care about them and their struggles. The idea with this movie was good but the execution didn't do it justice I'm afraid.
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The Shout
This is a strange movie about a sinister man named Crossley who invades the lives of a man and his wife in a sleepy English town. He tells the story to a fellow scorer at a cricket match , and the viewer is left to try and disentangle it. Crossley tells the couple that he spent 18 years in the Australian outback, and that he killed his children when they were born. He also tells them he met a magical man in the outback, who taught him how to shout to kill. The scene when Crossley 'shouts' on the sand dunes is good. The shout kills sheep, birds and a shepherd. The ending is rather weird. Alan Bates is good as the creepy Crossley. John Hurt and Susannah York also perform well. It's an odd movie which might not appeal to everyone but it is still quite intriguing and unique to watch.
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The Shout

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The Shack

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The Shack
This borefest concerns a grieving father who gets to meet with God at a mysterious shack. The first hour was kind of interesting but then I got bored. The viewer is stuck with the father and the magical black character. It becomes a lot of religious psychobabble and melodramatic tea service. The story should climax to a poignant and enlightening resolution. Instead, it rambles on and on endlessly. It might be filled with religious significance and debate but it's done in a terribly boring way. Certain people will enjoy it but I didn't. I thought it was a waste of 2 hours.
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Night of the Big Heat
Whilst the rest of the UK shivers in the depths of Winter, the island of Fara find themselves in the midst of a searing heat wave. As bodies begin to pile up, found burnt to a crisp, a scientist struggles to convince the locals that they may be the victims of an invasion from space. Directed by Terence Fisher, this sci-fi movie isn't half as bad as people have said about it over the years. The only thing that lets it down more than anything is the creatures themselves but then again this movie was made on a small budget. The movie has got a tense gripping plot with a good cast such as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing involved. The ending and how the creatures are defeated is a big let-down though in my opinion. Still on the whole, it's an enjoyable production.
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Night of the Big Heat

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The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z
This movie based on a true story is about a British explorer named Percy Fawcett who while on a survey mission in the Amazon discovers evidence that the "savages" once had a civilization the might even be older than the one he came from and spends his life trying to find it. This movie does such a great job making Fawcett's life look fascinating, following him through his time with the army to his time as an explorer but I'm sure some viewers will find it rather dull. The pace of the movie can be rather slow at times. Charlie Hunnam in the lead role of Percy Fawcett gets his meatiest role to date, and Sienna Miller is quite good as his wife Nina. But the big surprise is surely Robert Pattinson, unrecognizable as Fawcett's sidekick Henry Costin. I didn't even know it was him until I saw his name in the end credits! Overall, although the movie is a tad slow, I did find it an engaging historical adventure epic. It's worth your time in taking a look at it.
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Curse of the Crimson Altar
Three legends of the horror genre come together in this little seen British occult movie: Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff and Barbara Steele. The plot is about a young antiques dealer visiting a spooky looking mansion in search of his missing brother, only to uncover a witchcraft cult. There may be no blood in this movie but it is very atmospheric and at times psychedelic. Christopher Lee is great as he always is and Boris Karloff shines in one of his last roles as an eccentric old witchcraft expert. Barbara Steele stands out as the green skinned witch Lavina complete with a bizarre horned crown. This movie was apparently panned upon it's release. Why I have no idea as it's quite a good movie and great fun to watch. It is certainly not highly memorable in any aspect except for the cast, but what a cast that is! Worth a watch just for that alone.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Raw
A remarkable French horror about a young woman who starts craving for raw human meat after a practical joke whilst at vet school. How many times have you seen a movie with a storyline about a young woman becoming a cannibal? Director Julia Ducournau has created a stir with this movie with numerous walk outs happening wherever this was screened. Garance Marillier is brilliant as the lead character Justine who starts transforming from a shy lifelong vegetarian into an animalistic bloodthirsty unhinged cannibal desperate for raw meat. Raw isn't for everybody - it's really twisted. I wouldn't even say a horror fan will like it. It has an art-house feel to it that may turn some people away. But it is a bold movie which will run inside your mind after the end credits have finished.
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Raw

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George Best: All by Himself

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George Best: All by Himself
A documentary about one of the world's best football players whose talent on the pitch was blighted by his drinking which would ultimately kill him. He was the first ever celebrity footballer which would pave the way for superstars such as David Beckham etc. Nobody can doubt how good he really was, the man was exceptional when the ball came to him. He had it all and he threw it all away. Once he started drinking, everything else didn't really matter. It's very sad how his life unravelled and no matter how many people tried to help him it was up to him to break free from alcoholism. It isn't easy. You could say his life was like a Greek tragedy. He died quite young at 59 years old. This documentary not only showcases the highs in his playing career but also the lows and the sad end for him. George Best hopefully will be remembered for his wonderful sporting talent and not for the other issues in his life. A great documentary.
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Guardian Angel
Although billed as a Yukari Oshima actioner, she only features in this movie for the first 30 mins before mysteriously disappearing with no explanation. The plot as such is Interpol wants to kill drug lords and to do this they use 3 beautiful female agents. There is plenty of gun battles, explosions and drama to keep most Asian movie action fans entertained. The last 30 mins features non-stop violence as the female agents ruthlessly mow down henchmen of various drug lords before eliminating the boss. It's true that there are better Girls With Guns movies out there but the high speed of the violent action makes sure you won't be bored.
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