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‘The Greatest Showman’ Review

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Every few years there is an attempt to revive cinematic musicals and rather than borrowing from previously successful material there have been original musicals being brought to life. Last year ‘La La Land’ was an attempt to bring style back to the musical with Jazz, dreams and Hollywood as its backdrop. This year’s attempt is a bit more conventional, ‘The …

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

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It seems we are now in the full-on Disneyfication of the Star Wars Movie with three movies in as many years. For the most part, The Force Awakens and Rogue One were largely successful endeavour. Each succeeding in different ways while not exactly reinventing the formula. The Last Jedi, the latest entry is tasked with moving this latest trilogy along …

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‘Wonder’ Review

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Telling a sentimental story in film can be a somewhat tricky balancing act. Cool sophistication in these type of movies means that sometimes the point is lost, while obvious ‘heart on your sleeve’ often leads to cliché and well-worn tropes feeling hollow. Wonder is an attempt to translate a successful novel into an emotionally heart felt story about overcoming adversity …

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Justice League Review

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There can be little question to most observers (including those at Warner Bros) that the DC comics cinematic universe has had some mighty ups and downs in terms of quality in recent years. The glory days of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy have been almost entirely forgotten as the disappointing Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad took its place. 2017 …

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Thor Ragnarok Review

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If I’m being entirely honest, the Thor movies have been kind of rough. The original introduced us to the wonderful work of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston but ended up essentially being a fish out of water story. The sequel well who can honestly remember anything about it. So, there was definitely a change in direction required for it to …

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Blade Runner 2049 Review

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The cynic in me, assumes creative types, whether it’s actor or director only return to franchises for the money. It’s a theory that often turns out to be true.  They walk done well-worn paths of  nostalgia by offering the same predictable beats which made the original so good without truly saying anything new. Upon hearing that a new Blade Runner …

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

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Kingsman: The Secret Service took the overly serious and stuffy nature of spy films and turned that back towards camp and funny, more reminiscent of a Roger Moore film than anything Matt Damon or Daniel Craig might star in. Yet it wasn’t simply a response to that world it was stylish and violent and fit in well with the current …

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Stephen King’s It (2017) Review

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A truly bad day can either ruin anything good or make the smallest thing the perfect salve for it. Without going into a relatively over dramatic rendering of my bad day I will just let you know that was the type of mood I was in when walking in to see Stephen King’s It. The good news is that IT …