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Our Man in Havana
Complex espionage thriller with Alec Guinness as a vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana who is approached by British Intelligence to work for them. In order for him to be looked upon as important, he feeds them false information. Carol Reed's second film version of a Grahame Greene story has a strong cast including Burl Ives and Maureen O'Hara. A film you have to really concentrate on every inch of information being given otherwise confusion will set in.
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Book Club                                  (2018)
A complete waste of talent as four lifelong friends have their lives turned upside down when one brings Fifty Shades of Grey to their monthly book club. A script that ticks every cliched box, while the lead females throw themselves into their roles, even if none of it feels real. Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen steal the film but you wish you can watch them in a much stronger script. Three laughs in a film with Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton is not a success.
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Trancers
 Trancers 4/10
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Trancers
Enjoyably bad 80's sci-fi thriller with Tim Thompson as Jack Deth, a detective from the future sent to Los Angeles in 1985 in order to protect the ancestors of top politicians from being killed by a man determined to overthrow the future government. Helen Hunt (yes, the Oscar winner) plays the girl Deth falls for, in this low budget Terminator-esque tale that is fun while you are watching, with its ludicrous dialogue and cheap special effects but it doesn't rise much higher than B-movie status.
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Two-Lane Blacktop                                  (1971)
Monte Hellman's supposed break into the Hollywood mainstream with this road movie across America was an enormous flop on its first release, thanks to characters who hardly speak unless its about cars, a girl no one knows a thing about and Warren Oates as a middle-aged man clinging onto his youth by picking up random hitchhikers and challenging the young car owners to a race. A slow-moving drama that doesn't really go anywhere. Singer James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson play the Driver and the Mechanic.
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Honeybee

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The sequel to Spielberg's mega-blockbuster may not be as good as the original and the ending is more than a tad ridiculous but there are moments when the film manages to outstrip the first film in tension. It's a masterclass in Spielberg's power as a director, to build suspense (the truck over the cliff scene a perfect example). A decent cast led by Jeff Goldblum, with a young Julianne Moore and Vince Vaughn, as well as the mighty Pete Postlethwaite hold it all together.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story
The second stand-alone Star Wars movie is a flawed but fun romp with Alden Ehrenreich stepping into the shoes of Harrison Ford as the rogue bandit Han Solo, showing his origins and how he meets and befriends Chewbacca. The action is fine and the performance is full of energy yet this troubled production does suffer from an uneven tone and coming out far too close to The Last Jedi. Entertaining enough but not the best Star Wars film.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Deadpool 2
 Deadpool 2 6/10
2 months ago
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2 months ago
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Deadpool 2
After the anarchy of Deadpool, this sequel somewhat disappoints. The irreverence is still there and the action sequences are decent enough but it wasn't half as funny and in places got quite annoying. A saving grace was the introduction of Domino, who there should have been more of. It also seemed too soon to release it after Avengers: Infinity War, as that was such an enjoyable romp. Deadpool 3 will need something special than just wise-cracks while breaking the fourth wall.
2 months ago
Soldier Blue
 Soldier Blue 8/10
2 months, 1 week ago
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Soldier Blue
A slow-moving western that explodes into a mass of sickening violence in a finale that will stay with you. Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen star as a couple trying to make their way across the wilderness after an attack. On the way, they come across a series of obstacles that bring them closer together. You can see the massacre at the end is a strong message sent out about the Americans involvement in Vietnam and it hasn't lost any of its shock value.
2 months, 1 week ago
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Breaking In                                  (2018)
A reasonable exploitation B-movie has Gabrielle Union as a mother bringing her children to her father's home after his death. Planning to sell his high-security home, she soon finds that the building is under siege from thieves who have locked her out while they hold her children inside. This routine thriller has the added twist of Union as the action hero, a woman who can take on any man and when asked what her secret is, tells the captures: I'm a mother!
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Alphaville
 Alphaville 6/10
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Alphaville
Jean-Luc Goddard's sci-fi film noir has Eddie Constantine as a detective who heads to the space city of Alphaville to track down a renowned scientist. A bizarre mix of the French New Wave with crossing genres, this surreal journey is as complex and confusing as you'd expect from Goddard. While you can appreciate why this film is held in such regard, it's far too slow and ponderous and doesn't have any real connection with the viewer.
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Life of the Party

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2/10

Sherlock Gnomes                                  (2018)

4/10


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Life of the Party
Sherlock Gnomes                                  (2018)

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Ace in the Hole
 Ace in the Hole 10/10
2 months, 2 weeks ago
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Ace in the Hole
Outstanding drama with Kirk Douglas as a disgraced newspaper reporter desperate to make his mark on the industry again by joining a small paper and giving them an exclusive; a man trapped down a collapsed cave. Only problem is, he will do anything to manipulate the situation to his own aims. Billy Wilder's superb film is a gripping tale with an unexpected turn of events. Quite possibly Douglas's finest hour as the deeply nasty reporter.
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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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6/10

Enter the Ninja

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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Action adventure with Owen Wilson as a disgruntled pilot who finds himself alone and behind enemy lines in Bosnia, trying to escape from a rebel army. Meanwhile, commander Gene Hackman is powerless to get him out due to political complications. John Moore tries his best to inject some excitement in this routine adventure with flashy camera work but it's hard to take Wilson serious as an action hero when we know him so well as a chilled comic actor.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
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Enter the Ninja
File under "so bad, it's good!" A ropey martial arts action film from Cannon Pictures has Franco Nero as a former army vet now a newly trained ninja, who goes to visit a friend and finds himself coming up against a ruthless businessman who wants his friend's land. The fight sequences are hilarious with some very over-the-top deaths, while Nero's wooden performance makes him the least exciting action hero. Call in Chuck Norris, please!
2 months, 2 weeks ago

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