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ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017) – REVIEW


Here’s the thing: I’m not into origin stories. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good ones out there, but generally they leave me disappointed and frustrated with their endless retconning and unnecessary gap-plugging. For every Godfather Part 2 there’s an Alien: Covenant.  Hollywood’s in love with them because they’re an excuse to make more money on the same title, but why must we always…

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WONDER WOMAN (2017) – REVIEW


It’s not like Warner Bros. haven’t made a few pennies with the three films currently comprising their DC Extended Universe – Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad made a combined $2b+ at the worldwide box office – but what they’re really desperate for is a comprehensive hit; some critical success to go with the money, and perhaps the kind of validation they…

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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) – REVIEW


During the press rounds for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott basically admitted that the only reason he made the film was to right the wrongs of Prometheus – specifically, it’s lack of the Xenomorph. Now I don’t think too many people would argue there were problems with Prometheus, but despite the impression Scott seems to be under, I doubt this was everyone’s main issue. In fact, the very lack…

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017) – REVIEW


When James Gunn delivered Guardians Of The Galaxy to the big screen back in 2014, he surprised almost everyone. Here was this relatively unknown director of ‘squelchy’ independent films like Slither and Super (he also penned The Belko Experiment which is currently in cinemas), jumping into the well-established Marvel Cinematic Universe with a group of characters who no-one but avid comic readers would recognize. The ingredients were there…

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017) – REVIEW


It’s a little hard to believe Peter Jackson’s King Kong is already 12 years old. Going to see it remains a vivid memory; before that, The Lord Of The Rings on my birthday had been the tradition, so when Jackson came along with another December-released epic after a two-year hiatus, I was more than a little excited. And sure enough, I enjoyed it at the time…

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LOGAN (2017) – REVIEW


To give this review some context, I’ve never been a very big X-Men fan. Not because I have any specific reason (other than feeling confused about the chronology of each installment) – it’s just that the characters have never excited me in the way that a lot of other superheroes have, like Spiderman or Batman. That is, of course, with…

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HIDDEN FIGURES (2017) – REVIEW


When I first saw the trailer for Hidden Figures – at that point having no idea it even existed – I admit I rolled my eyes. Not, I assure you, at the subject matter, but at the somewhat naff creative direction the trailer took. That shamelessly sentimental “you can do it!” music, fluttering up in grandeur the longer it went on, painted the…

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) – REVIEW


“All great movies start with black…” When The Lego Movie came out a couple of years ago, it defied pretty much everyone’s expectations. Like the general feeling surrounding things like The Emoji Movie, Angry Birds and the as-yet-untitled Tetris Movie (really), there was a collective scrutiny over the idea that there could be any kind of coherent narrative in a film based on such a…

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RINGS (2017) – REVIEW


Against my better judgement, I opted to see Rings over Manchester By The Sea. What can I say? I was just in one of those moods. You know the sort – when you just feel like indulging in some trashy thrills over anything that will require you to actually think. I was hoping Rings would be just the thing I was after, and indeed, the fact that’s…

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