Movies

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Blood Father

When ex-convict Link (Mel Gibson) reunites with his missing daughter Lydia, who is on the run from both the law and a Mexican drug cartel, he proves he’ll go to extreme lengths to protect her. Blood Father is a fantastic return to form for Mel Gibson. From the synopsis, I went into this movie expecting some...

8.5

Great

Kubo and the Two Strings

In Ancient Japan, an eyepatch-wearing young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) cares for his sick mother in a village. A spirit from the past turns Kubo’s life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo. In order to survive, Kubo must loc...

8.5

Great

The Boy and the Beast – Home Cooked Review

For the record… Sam loves Ramen!

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The Shallows

When medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) seeks solace on a secluded beach in Mexico following the death of her mother, she is unaware that she’ll soon be fighting for her life against a menacing great white shark with a vicious grudge against humanity. The Shallows is a tense survival thriller from d...

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Flippin' great

Mavis!

Mavis! looks at the life and times of Mavis Staples, gospel & soul legend from the Staple Singers. It’s an overview of her life and musical career, and follows her as she continues to tour at the age of 75. The documentary did the rounds at the film festivals last year, receiving positive reviews ...

8

Great

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Review

Let me save you some Googling: This is Ghost in the Shell: The TV Show: The Movie. I’ve done a little searching around because despite being a big fan of the original Ghost in the Shell (or, “GITS” from here on in) movie, that’s basically where my knowledge of the franchise ended – and I wanted at lea...

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Jason Bourne

I love the Bourne series. I love Matt Damon. I love Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass as a team. I wanted to absolutely love Jason Bourne. So here’s the deal: Bourne has been hanging out and boxing people (one punch knock-out styles) and then good old Nicky Parsons (Julia Styles) shows up. She has inform...

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Ab Fab Review

After five TV seasons and multiple specials spanning nearly 20 years, Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patricia “Patsy” Stone (Joanna Lumley) have reunited for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the big-screen debut of one of the most successful and adored franchises in British comedy. I should dis...

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3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets

Faced with the mug shot-like poster of 3 ½’s main subject Jordan Davis, I was both anticipating and dreading watching this film. I have a love/hate relationship with true crime – the stories are gripping and ignite a voyeuristic thrill, but also inevitably centre around real tragedy. It can be a bit m...

8

Great

Star Trek Beyond

I walked into the cinema with a list of expectations: Kirk would kiss some alien girl Spock would be emotional Bones would yell at Spock Lens flares The last expectation, as expected, was fulfilled in the very first frame of the movie. However, since J. J. Abrams’ work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as dir...

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Like any reboot of a popular franchise, Ghostbusters garnered a lot of attention even before its first trailer. In a similar vein to last year’s Mad Max reboot, most of the commentary detracted from what could be an interesting conversation in favour of taking a detour through the 1950s to collectively wond...

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Ice Age: Collision Course

When I texted a friend to ask her if she wanted to come see Ice Age: Collision Course with me, her first reply was “What? There’s another Ice Age?”. Her reply made me laugh, but it didn’t surprise me. I remember seeing the very first installment of Ice Age in the cinema when I was six-years-old. I loved it,...

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