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2 years, 4 months ago
The 5th Wave (2016)
The movie tells the story of a 'not-too-distant future', when alien invaders have wiped out most of humanity; in four deadly attacks. One young woman, Cassie Sullivan, has survived the attacks; but most of her family was killed, all except her younger brother Sam. They've been separated, by military forces, and Cassie has now made it her obsessive mission to find Sam, and protect him. She must team up with other young survivors, in order to do so. The movie is mildly entertaining; the effects aren't bad, and it's a decent sci-fi premise. Chloe Grace Moretz makes a good, strong young heroine; but her role isn't really that interesting. The rest of the cast are all good, in other movies, but they're kind of wasted here. The storyline is very predictable with few surprises. Odds are your enjoyment of The 5th Wave will be directly correlated to how much you like YA fiction in general.
2 years, 4 months ago
2 years, 4 months ago
10 Cloverfield Lane
This is a side-story from the original Cloverfield movie. Following a car accident, Michelle wakes up chained to a basement wall: it transpires the basement is a fallout bunker belonging to Howard, who saved her from the car crash and, together with Emmett (who helped him build it) is standing by for a stay of a year or more, giving the attack which is going on overhead. But Howard seems a bit intense, so is he telling the truth? Cloverfield was a found footage movie showing an alien assault on New York. 10 Cloverfield Lane is an entirely different kind of movie. Staged tightly and claustrophobically more or less within the single setting of the bunker, this is a study of the interactions between three people: John Goodman is Howard, a truly intense performance. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as Michelle, is a victim with fight left in her: in fact, her character has a very strong arc, from someone who always runs away, to someone who learns how to fight for survival. John Gallagher Jr does well as Emmett, a rather thankless role of the third point on the triangle, necessary only for character dynamics between Michelle and Howard. This movie really tries to be two movies rather than one. There is the suspense thriller and there is the monster horror movie. It does a great job with the former but barely introduces the latter. As a whole I was extremely gripped, surprised and impressed with this movie that for the most part was a fantastic suspense thriller. But aside from the terrible title and random aliens during the final 15 mins this is very good suspense thriller that is worth checking out.
2 years, 4 months ago
The Dentist                                  (1996)
A dentist goes mad when he discovers his wife is cheating on him with the pool boy. This movie attracted my attention by being brought by the creators of "Re-Animator". Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon are a pretty incredible team, and I've thoroughly enjoyed their body of work. Sadly, I think this one falls short of their other projects. The acting is cheesy, over-the-top and the general plot is just weak. The real strength of this movie is in the special effects and makeup. While some of the scenes aren't exactly realistic, the effects crew went out of their way to be disgusting and gory. Many people dislike tooth trauma in horror movies, so this is going to leave them feeling very uncomfortable. I don't like teeth being pulled or knocked out with hammers, but the way this movie presented it, I found the gore more enjoyable than disturbing. For the most part, "The Dentist" is a forgettable movie and not something you really need to see.
2 years, 4 months ago
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The Dentist                                  (1996)

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5/10

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?                                  (2015)

7/10


2 years, 4 months ago
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?                                  (2015)
This is a fascinating documentary about a Superman movie reboot that was never made in the mid 90's. Tim Burton was set to direct it with an unlikely star in Nicolas Cage about to take on the mantle of the Man Of Steel. The movie on paper sounded like a big mess but the action set pieces would have been incredible to see. Due to the Batman movies not doing too well at the time and several Warner Bros productions bombing at the box office, they decided to pull the plug a mere 3 weeks from working began on the movie. All the players in the movie from Kevin Smith and Tim Burton (sadly Nic Cage didn't want to appear) give in-depth interviews about the ideas they had for storylines etc. The test footage with Nic Cage in the Superman costume is interesting to see. This documentary was very informative to see the process of making a movie of this scale back then. Would this movie have succeeded had it gone into full production? Well I'm sure it would have been better than Superman Returns! It's a good 'What If' documentary for sure.
2 years, 4 months ago
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I'm somewhat surprised by the mauling some of the press has given this movie as I thought it was very good. Sure, there's way too much talking in the first half but everything kicks into high gear during the second half which is thrilling and exciting. The movie is excellent in many ways including plot, actors, characters, music and effects. The dark tone that director Zach Snyder gave to the movie is a whole different thing from every other Superman or Batman movie that we've ever seen and I loved it. Ben Affleck's Batman is incredible and worthy of turning into a movie icon. The way the the hero is turned into a dark vigilante willing to do anything to protect not only Gotham but the rest of the world, really makes us think about this character's potential in future solo movies. Henry Cavill did a great job as Superman equal or better than in Man of Steel. And Gal Gadot surprised me with her performance as Wonder Woman. Just go and see it and make up your own mind. A brilliant opener for the DC Cinematic Universe and I can't wait for the next installment.
2 years, 4 months ago
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Return of the One-Armed Swordsman

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7/10

Exists                                  (2014)

6/10


2 years, 4 months ago
Exists                                  (2014)
From the director of The Blair Witch Project comes a movie about 5 teenagers who are on a cabin getaway and are hunted by Bigfoot. The teens must survive and find a way to escape in this interesting found-footage movie. Though this is a formulaic monster movie, it succeeds in delivering some killer Bigfoot material. Director Eduardo Sanchez brilliantly enlists the creepy atmospherics of the woods to produce anxiety and panic with some effective scares, while showcasing his Bigfoot as a brutal monster, yet shrouding it in enough mystery to perpetuate the myth. The recording camera is used extremely well in instances where the sasquatch can be seen in brief glimpses, charging towards characters, reaching at characters, tipping over an RV with characters hidden inside as it tumbles over a cliff, a character lifted off his feet and tossed right into a turned-over tree. The acting from the cast and some of the dialogue is rather cliched but that's just a minor gripe. Overall, the movie was well created, with many moments of horror and suspense.
2 years, 4 months ago
Tower Block
 Tower Block 7/10
2 years, 4 months ago
Tower Block
An unidentified sniper with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle is picking off the last residents of a decaying inner city tower block. He has control of the power to the building and has also set booby traps to prevent them leaving the top floor. The scene is set for a ferocious game of cat and mouse in this tense low-budget British thriller. What makes it good and watchable? The characters are everyday people believably portrayed by an accomplished cast of performers – which helps a great deal. Sheridan Smith is excellent as the heroine and Jack O'Connell stands out as Kurtis, the block's resident criminal running a protection racket on the others. Tension mounts as the group in-fight and bicker and are knocked off one by one as they try various modes of escape. Their plight is linked to the recent murder of a young man in the building whereby they failed to help the police with their enquiries. Someone seems to be holding them responsible for not contributing to the perpetrators being caught. But who? The identity of the sniper – when revealed – is a bit of a letdown and stretches credibility, but apart from that it's a gripping little piece that achieves effective results on a small budget. All in all it's a little predictable at times but still a good thriller to pass the time.
2 years, 4 months ago
Attack on Titan II: End of the World
What a shame that this movie is awful. I actually liked Part 1 quite a lot. Characters were developed, story was set up, really creepy looking ghoulish giants as the enemy. Unfortunately, Part 2 is not as good as the first. Too much talking in the first hour and not enough action. If viewers are still awake during the final hour they're treated to a rumble between 3 Titans which should have been exciting but it isn't. The acting by the young cast is also ridiculously OTT. I really wanted to like this movie but I just couldn't. All the good work done in the first movie was destroyed in this one. A complete botch job by the filmmakers. Not worth bothering with really.
2 years, 4 months ago
Spotlight
 Spotlight 9/10
2 years, 4 months ago
Spotlight
This true life movie follows The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the US, and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests and how the church covered it all up. This movie is amazing and captivating from the first frame. I was literally that hooked from the second the movie opened. I wanted to know more, see more, learn more. The cast was incredible, believable, real and had wonderful chemistry. In fact, not one moment passed when I didn't feel like I was a part of this real story and sitting alongside all of them. The story was fascinating, motivating, deep and intriguing. These warriors, these journalists, weren't just doing their job, they 100% believed in it and wanted to correct their own mistakes as well as the countless other demons within the catholic church. It's absorbing cinema, that shocks to the core, never succumbing to the usual clichés, is dramatic and riveting without ever patronising its audience. No wonder this movie won the best picture at the Oscars. It thoroughly deserved it. A totally brilliant movie that must not be missed.
2 years, 4 months ago
The Witch
 The Witch 8/10
2 years, 4 months ago
The Witch
A highly zealous puritan family in New England circa 1630 is banished from a large settlement and forced to live on their own in the uncharted spooky woods that surround the area. A year later as they forge a living together out in the wilderness, something begins to act on all of them, something devious, wicked, and insidious. Their oldest child, a daughter named Tomasin played remarkably by Anya Taylor-Joy, is taking care of her new-born baby when it is snatched away. From the beginning to the end of this movie, a unique sense of dread and fear plagues the family. There's no apt way to describe the feeling this movie is going to give you. It's a festering feeling that sits in the pit of your stomach that only gets more agitated as the images of the movie sit in the sub-conscious. The Witch is truly unique in that regard; it's a new breed of horror never before seen by the genre. If you're expecting jump-scares and piles of gore, prepare to be disappointed. This is a movie which takes its time and demonstrates mastery of several technical elements of filmmaking. The cinematography is beautifully framed, well-lit and really adds to the uneasiness 'The Witch' aims to evoke. The performances across the board are brilliant, even among the child actors. Director Robert Eggers really hit the nail on the head with this horror masterpiece. Do yourself a favour and watch this movie whenever you can. Just don't expect any warm, fuzzy feelings walking out of it.
2 years, 4 months ago
Downhill
Mid-life crises can always be the source of much hilarity and this mockumentary set in the glorious British countryside puts the fun in fundamental breakdown. 4 friends decide to embark on a coast-to-coast walk across Britain, hiking for hundreds of miles and stopping at some historic sites (mostly pubs where they get trashed most nights!). As the foursome get into mischief, squabbles, and some deep emotional revelations, the trip becomes far less about proving a point about middle-age, and more about discovering where they got lost and which path to take metaphorically speaking. Director James Rouse blends a quirky British comedy story with modern documentary style, and some classic sitcom-style lines to make a painfully funny and charming movie. Scenes of intimate, philosophical debate are mixed with lads banter and childish pranks. The group themselves make for some varied viewing. Beautifully shot and wonderfully scripted, Downhill is a great little movie.
2 years, 4 months ago
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Downhill

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8/10

Zootopia (2016)

8/10


2 years, 4 months ago
Zootopia (2016)
Another animated winner from Disney in this tale of a female rabbit Judy Hopps who dreams of becoming a cop. Standing against all odds, she makes it through the police academy and wins a position as a cop in the city of Zootopia, where all animal types, predator and prey, get along well. When a case of fourteen missing otters comes up, Judi steps up and volunteers for the case and is given 48 hours to crack the case with the help of a con artist fox named Nick. I was utterly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. It took me by a surprise on many levels. While it succeeds on bringing decent family-friendly laughter and eye-popping state-of-the-art animation that shows how far we have come along with technology with recent years, one of the most surprising aspects comes from its political message about society and racism. The movie balances this so well with comedy that it appeals to both adults, children, and even teens alike. While kids may not pick up on its message and just shrug off depending on their age, they will nonetheless find joy and laughter at the uplifting story and humour. A fantastic Disney movie.
2 years, 4 months ago
Nina Forever
A twisted and funny British horror rom-com in which a young couple is tormented by the man's dead ex-girlfriend Nina every time they have sex. The wonderful thing about this kooky concept is that we have no distinct answers as to why Nina returns, but it never makes the viewer question it. Nina doesn't come back as a zombie that the couple have to deal with and try to hide from people. Nina comes back as something else, more of a ghost, and only comes back during sex to make life harder for the couple. Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry and Fiona O'Shaughnessy make up the lead trio of actors and they do a great job in their roles. Overall it's a different kind of horror movie to the norm. The mix of gore, romance and comedy works well. I enjoyed it.
2 years, 5 months ago
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Nina Forever

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6/10

London Has Fallen

7/10


2 years, 5 months ago
London Has Fallen
The sequel to the action movie Olympus Has Fallen. If you remember the first movie which had tons of explosions and action, it was like the Gerard Butler version of Die Hard. And while adrenaline junkies (like myself) enjoyed the thrilling stunts and explosions, I certainly didn't expect enough ground to make a sequel. London Has Fallen is about one thing: action. Within the first thirty minutes the excitement breaks out: flashing guns, big explosions, and extras flopping violently in the streets. From there, the violence only escalates, amplifying the action and intensity with each passing minute of the movie. The story isn't too bad - the American President comes to London for the state funeral of the British Prime Minister and all hell breaks loose on the streets of the capital. Gerard Butler is on top form as the President's bodyguard. This movie won't win any awards but it's exciting, flashy, and it has great special effects that keep you engaged in the storyline. The acting is decent as well from the cast. A very entertaining popcorn movie.
2 years, 5 months ago
2 years, 5 months ago
Predestination                                  (2014)
This is such a great movie. Ethan Hawke plays a a time travel agent that tries to prevent time travel related crimes. As with most all time travel movies, a paradox occurs and it is up to him to fix the paradox. He has to save lives from a bomb planted by the Fizzle Bomber that is set to go off and kill thousands of people causing problems for that time agency. Just when you think you know what is going to happen a new layer of the paradox is slowly revealed. But, the movie will lead you on and keep you on the edge of you seat, because, this story is like an onion. Just when one layer is peeled back, right around the corner several more layers of the paradox are waiting to be revealed. I really enjoyed this movie because of the way they edited it and let time unfold as the story is told. I think though it might take repeated viewings to understand everything. It's a movie that's so clever and intelligent. You won't be disappointed.
2 years, 5 months ago

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