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5.5

Meh

Arrival

After watching the trailer, my expectation of Arrival was that it would be awful or amazing, but either way a fun watch. Colour me surprised, because it was decidedly average. Arrival is a sci-fi mystery blockbuster about an alien civilisation making first contact with humanity by landing 12 space ships in ...

8.5

Great

Doctor Strange

Marvel are really getting good at fine-tuning their movies. Doctor Strange feels like it has all the best elements of previous Marvel films with a few new and exciting editions thrown in. It is very obviously an origin story. Prepare yourself for a lot of blatant explaining of everything that Doctor Strange...

6.5

Good

The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan seems to have built a legendary reputation for itself, mostly involving Alexander Skarsgård and his impeccable shirt-removing skills. As much of an asset as this was, I was keen to find out if there was more to this movie than meets the eye. Starting off, I was pleasantly surprised to f...

3

Waste of time

Ouija: Origin of Evil

A widowed mother struggling to make ends meet with her fraudulent business as a spiritual medium, introduces a Ouija board into her act in the hopes of boosting her clientele. Instead, she unwittingly invites an evil spirit that terrorises her family and possesses her young daughter. Set in the 1960s, it so...

10

Experience this

My Scientology Movie

This isn’t Louis’ usual foray into the weird. This time he’s not invited. We’ve seen him in the homes of extremists and improbables, but this is the closest we’ve seen Louis come to being an undercover journalist -and he’s up against the big leagues this time, there’...

7

I'm smiling

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...

6

Good

Storks: What is Going On?!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the movies surrounded by kids and families. It’s not that I don’t like animation – I love it – but the idea of going to the cinemas and coming out when there’s still daylight seems to defy movie-going atmosphere for me. But you kn...

8

Great

Where to Invade Next

In a refreshing departure from Michael Moore’s usual complex political narrative, Where To Invade Next has a very simple premise, which is explained clearly from the outset: Moore is hopping around Europe to “invade” and claim an array of their political and economic policies and ideologies to bring back to...

5

Meh

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultima...

7

I'm smiling

The Girl on the Train

As a big fan of the Paula Hawkins Book, I tried to go into the movie with as little bias as possible (lol I know, you can roll your eyes). Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a lonely, miserable alcoholic who catches the train every morning and spies on a couple who live in a house on her route. She likes to fantasize ...

8

Great

Deep Water Horizon

I walked into this movie purposefully ignorant. I knew it had something to do with an oil rig and that something bad happens. That was about it. Oh, and Mark Wahlberg was going to show up at some point so I readily assumed it was a glitzy action flick. I was wrong. Thankfully wrong. Mark Wahlberg plays Mike...

7.5

I'm smiling

The Light Between Oceans

Based on a novel of the same title, The Light Between Oceans is a pretty heart-breaking story about love, loss and forgiveness. Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a veteran of World War I, is hired as a lightkeeper at a lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia. He falls in love with a local girl, Isa...

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