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The Lego Ninjago Movie

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m 23 years old and I LOVED The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. The former, I watched 4 times by choice. So my hopes were high for The Lego Ninjago Movie. Lego Ninjago stars the voice talent of Jackie Chan (Master Wu), Dave Franco (Master Builder Ll...

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Atomic Blonde

I never thought I would enjoy a movie that’s essentially about a woman beating a whole bunch of men to death quite so much. Set in Berlin in 1989, Atomic Blonde is an action thriller that proves a woman can quite deftly step into James Bond’s shoes. There’s big 80’s hits from Queen, Depeche Mode and Goldfin...

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War for the Planet of the Apes

I’m going to call it early: the Planet of the Apes reboot has left the best until last. War for the Planet of the Apes is the best instalment perhaps since the 1968 original, and you don’t need to have seen any of the other films to catch it in the cinema and love it. In the original, it’s obvious the audie...

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Regret

Baywatch

Maybe I’m showing my age here, but the first time I encountered Baywatch was in the context of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie. David Hasselhoff runs across the beach in slow motion in red togs, before transforming into a bobblehead-type powered lifeboat and getting Spongebob’s mission back on track through...

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I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, has been a total smash at film festivals around the world. It won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, much to some people’s annoyance. While I didn’t find it the most thrilling watch, I’m glad it won. I’m glad it’s getting attentio...

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Sully

Sully is one of those movies that everyone will like. Not just because it has Tom Hanks in it (and we all love Tom Hanks) but because it manages to be a thrilling disaster movie and a feel-good movie at the same time. If you don’t remember the events of January 15, 2009, let me give you a quick refresher.  ...

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Sherpa

I know about as much as Everest as your average kiwi. Sir Edmund Hillary is on our $5 note because he was the first to summit. Hundreds of people climb the mountain every year. It’s pretty beautiful. There ends my knowledge. So I didn’t expect Sherpa to wrench my heart – for the plight of the beautiful Sher...

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Ben Hur

The latest interpretation of Ben-Hur is the fifth film adaption of the novel from the 1800s. It’s endlessly being compared to the 1959 version and I don’t really understand why – because this telling of the story is fantastic all on its own. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it’s a bit like this: Judah B...

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Hail, Caesar! Review

The one thing I didn’t like about the latest from Cohen Brothers is that I hadn’t been to see it sooner. While a glitzy cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum might put some film buffs off, Hail Caesar! instead reminds you why these actors are the big names. Because boy, can th...

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