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‘War Machine’ – Film Review

By far the starriest of Netflix’s self-built movies so far – as well as megastar Brad Pitt, the cast includes Ben Kingsley, Tilda Swinton and Will Poulter – War Machine…

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ – Film Review

The incredible success of Pirates Of The Caribbean is an endorsement of the old “Disney magic”. It’s hard to imagine anyone else turning a theme park ride into a film franchise…

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‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ – Film Review

Unsurprisingly, there are many moments in Guy Ritchie’s take on Arthurian legend that aren’t classically Camelot; the use of the phrase “honeyt**s”, the appearance of David Beckham as a blokey…

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‘Jawbone’ – Film Review

The title of this sinewy boxing drama refers to a passage about Samson, the super-strong biblical figure who was sworn off wine and would lose his strength if he shaved…

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‘Alien: Covenant’ – Film Review

The first trailer for Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and second prequel to 1979’s Alien was, essentially, a two-minute bloodbath. For those disappointed by Prometheus’s focus on the origin of…

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‘Mindhorn’ – Film Review

It’s very rare that a film can sustain silliness over feature length. Usually, a silly idea will run out of steam and become stupid. Stupid is rarely funny for anyone…

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‘Heal The Living’ Film Review

A key sequence near the start of Katell Quillévéré’s Heal The Living involves a stretch of road becoming ocean. Seventeen-year-old Simon (Gabin Verdet) and his friends are driving home after…

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Film Review

When the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film hit cinemas three summers ago, it benefited from the element of surprise. No Marvel Studios blockbuster is ever an underdog, but few…

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‘Fast and Furious 8’ – Film Review

For the second half of its existence, the Fast and Furious franchise has been hurtling, engine roaring and muscles vibrating, away from sense. It has whizzed past logic. The laws…

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ – Film Review

Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary on race in America is as despairing as it is inspiring. Inspiring because of the change that occurred in such a short space of time in…

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Raw – Film Review

The last film that made this writer want to puke was Love Actually. For very different and far better reasons, masterful French-Belgian body horror Raw activated the gag reflex at least three…

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‘Free Fire’ – Film Review

Thank goodness for Ben Wheatley. The mastermind behind modern British film classics Kill List, Sightseers and A Field In England made his name via a wonderfully warped approach that recalled…

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