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Shoot to Kill                                  (1988)
A forgotten gem. This cracking thriller has Sidney Poitier as an FBI agent in pursuit of a diamond thief and killer. Heading into the wilderness where the criminal has hooked up with a fishing party, being led by Kirstie Alley, Poitier has to team up with wilderness expert Tom Berenger but will nature kill them before they can find their target. A tense and exciting film that is helped by a good double act from the two leads and Poitier's instinct for comedy.
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3 months, 1 week ago
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Ghost Stories                                  (2017)
A decent enough British horror film that is reminiscent of the old Amicus anthology movies of the 70's, in which a professor setting out to investigate three unexplained and unconnected paranormal incidents, only to discover that something in his past is about to rear its head. Based on the hugely successful stage play, this has plenty to admire, from the slickness of the direction to the performances and a delicious twist, yet it relies on jump scares and after A Quiet Place, this pales in its path.
3 months, 1 week ago
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All I Desire

have watched

7/10

The Punisher (2004)

have watched

6/10

Love, Simon

8/10


3 months, 1 week ago
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All I Desire
The Punisher (2004)

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wrenster added 1 item to Movies Viewed in 2018 list
Love, Simon
A John Hughes style movie for the 21st Century. Simon has a happy life but hides a secret. He's gay. When he starts emailing a mysterious student from his school, things start to get out of control as his secret is discovered and is being used to blackmail him. This charming, funny teen drama has all the glossy elements you would find in a Hughes movie but when great use of technology and of course the coming out storyline. A real inspirational film about never fearing who you are.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
The Rainmaker
 The Rainmaker 8/10
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Rainmaker
Francis Ford Coppola directs this version of John Grisham's novel, with Matt Damon as a fresh-faced lawyer who takes on an insurance company who refused to pay a dying man, while at the same time falling for a woman being abused by her husband. Coppola does nothing fancy, just plays out the drama, which is gripping and the usual cliches you'd find in a Grisham/courtroom drama. A first-rate cast, head by Damon and Danny DeVito help make this hugely entertaining.
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Walk with Me                                  (2017)
A fascinating documentary set in the confines of a retreat in France set up by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who was regarded as the master of mindfulness. With full access to the lives of the followers, with Benedict Cumberbatch reading some of Hanh's writings, this quiet and gentle film captures the mood and feel of the retreat, while at the same time showing a side of the followers outside the confines and in their family homes, which are often charming and moving.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Porky

have watched

8/10

Just Married

1/10


3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Porky
Just Married

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THX 1138
 THX 1138 8/10
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THX 1138
I have always been slightly afraid of watching George Lucas's debut movie, as I had heard such horrible things. I need not worry. This is a complex dystopian drama in which humans are drugged so they cannot think for themselves. When THX 1138 stops taking the pills, he starts thinking and becomes a fugitive on the run. The cinematography is stunning while the stark white gives it a unique feel. Robert Duvall as THX is superb. Ig Lucas stuck to this type of filmmaking: challenging, intelligent and beautiful.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Sons of Katie Elder

have watched

8/10

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

8/10


3 months, 2 weeks ago
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The Sons of Katie Elder
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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A Quiet Place
 A Quiet Place 10/10
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A Quiet Place
Most horrors use the quiet-loud as a tool to shock. This superb film from John Krasinski uses it as part of the tension building to relentless perfect use. A family must spend their time in silence otherwise deadly creatures will come to kill. Emily Blunt is magnificent as the pregnant mother while Krasinski is the protective father in a film that grabs you from frame one and refuses to let go. A film that should, in the future, be spoken about in the same breath as Jaws, Alien and other great horrors.
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Last Man Standing                                  (1996)
Walter Hill's reworking of Yojimbo (and A Fistful of Dollars) moves the story to a desert land in Texas where two gangs of booze runners try to run the territory until stranger Bruce Willis arrives and starts playing the gangs against each other in order to make some money. Hill's version has the violence and the slow motion and yet the pacing is a lot slower and the film drags in places. Willis tries his best to Clint Eastwood but comes short and the finale is a little too ordinary.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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First Blood
An absolutely cracking action film with Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a former Vietnam veteran who, while stopping off in a small town starts a war against the police who arrested him. This was the start of the Rambo phenomenon but this is by far the best in the series, as we see Rambo fighting for survival in a woodland while the police want blood. The film is exciting, zipping along at a terrific pace, while Stallone gets to show is acting muscle with a finale speech.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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First Blood

have watched

10/10

Kinsey

8/10


3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Kinsey
Before Liam Neeson was punching people in the face, he was doing proper acting. Proof with this biopic of Alfred Kinsey, a professor who gave up his passion for insects in order to create a study on the sexual habits of males. Laura Linney plays his wife and the pair are terrific. The film could have become sensationalised yet director Bill Condor keeps the story in focus and shows just how important Kinsey was in releasing an America that refused to recognise the truth about sex.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Notes on a Scandal
Terrific psychological thriller with Cate Blanchett as an art teacher who begins an affair with a student, only for fellow teacher Judi Dench to find out. Agreeing to help, what Blanchett doesn't know is that Dench is infatuated with her. Richard Eyre's film is a dream ticket for both actresses, with Dench at her creepiest. Bill Nighy, in a relatively smaller role, is superb too but this is a battle of wills between two actresses at the top of their game.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Notes on a Scandal

have watched

8/10

Village of the Damned                                  (1960)

8/10


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Village of the Damned                                  (1960)
Effective and creepy British sci-fi horror about a small village where the inhabitants suffer from a strange occurrence, which leads to the women becoming pregnant and giving birth to blonde haired children with extraordinary powers. George Sanders leads the cast in a film that is short and straight to the point, while the children, with their mind controlling powers, are unforgettably evil. Shocking in places, this is a truly gripping cult favourite.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Blockers
 Blockers 6/10
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Blockers
A comedy that, while not belly-laughing funny does have its moments and is more reliant on being a game changer. Three best friends make a pact that they are going to lose their virginity during prom night but their parents discover their plan and try to stop them. Plenty of embarrassing set pieces for the parents while the girls play it far more sensibly. The sentiment is nicely played out and John Cena steals the film as the most embarrassing father this side of Eugene Levy in American Pie.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
3 months, 2 weeks ago
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Bringing Up Baby
One of the best, funniest comedies ever made. Cary Grant is the mild-mannered dinosaur expert who gets drawn into the world of scatterbrain Katharine Hepburn, leading the pair looking after a leopard called Baby. Howard Hawks's film is a classic in screwball comedies with grant and Hepburn crackling together. The dialogue comes thick and fast, while the comedy is impeccably timed and played out. One of those films you can watch again and again and still laugh out loud.
3 months, 2 weeks ago

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