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The Mummy (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) The reboot that no one needed, this adventure film is never scary and is not particularly smart, but it’s easy enough to sit through.  A miscast Tom Cruise and… Continue reading

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

BBBB (out of 5) Dav Pilkey’s popular children’s books are brought to the big screen with their winsome humour and charming sass fully intact.  Harold and George, voiced with joyful appeal by Thomas… Continue reading

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Rough Night

B (out of 5) All the elements should combine into something that works and yet very little in this comedy does.  Take the common plot of a Boys Will Be Boys indulgence (bachelor… Continue reading

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Beatriz At Dinner

B.5 (out of 5) Salma Hayek is magnificent as a masseuse and healer who drives to Connie Britton‘s mansion to give her a massage before a dinner party and then, when her car won’t… Continue reading

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My Cousin Rachel (2017)

BBBB (out of 5) Orphaned Sam Claflin was raised by his loving, older cousin (also played by Claflin) who, once his ward has arrived at adulthood, spends his last few years in southern Europe… Continue reading

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Paris Can Wait

BB.5 (out of 5) Diane Lane has accompanied movie producer husband Alec Baldwin to the Cannes Film Festival and is now about to fly with him to the location of a film he… Continue reading

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Wonder Woman

BBBB (out of 5) On the enchanted island of Themyscira, a race of godlike Amazons train for battle in their female-only paradise, led by an awe-inspiring Connie Nielsen, placed there by Zeus as… Continue reading

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Their Finest

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gemma Arterton rules this tribute to the spirit of British filmmaking and the spirit of Britain itself during World War II.  She plays a newspaper copy editor who is advanced… Continue reading

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Baywatch

B (out of 5) Eleven seasons on television saving lives, stopping crime and running on the sand in slow motion was an impressive feat for a show written off as an excuse to ogle… Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge)

B.5 (out of 5) At this point it feels like Johnny Depp whips this franchise out whenever he needs to renovate his house, which at least explains the soulless nature of this fifth… Continue reading

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

BBB (out of 5) Guy Ritchie’s surprisingly energetic and inventive action film is never light or fun enough to make up for the fact that it is completely unimportant.   After the noble Uther… Continue reading

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Alien: Covenant

BB (out of 5) We move ten years past the events of Prometheus and find ourselves aboard the Covenant, a vessel carrying colonists to a distant planet where they will create a new civilization.  A series of circumstances… Continue reading

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Snatched

BB.5 (out of 5) Amy Schumer‘s life is at an all-time low: she’s just been fired from her crappy retail job, and her boyfriend has dumped her and left her with two tickets… Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

BBB (out of 5) The gang is back and still travelling the galaxy in aid of whatever mess they come across or, more often, create, beginning with a visit to a planet of… Continue reading

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The Lost City Of Z

BBBB (out of 5) James Gray’s Two Lovers ends with its protagonist being forced to settle for what he can have and not where his fantasies take him, realizing that life can still be bearable in such… Continue reading

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The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It always seems like these folks have no adventures left in them, but when the previous movie makes so much money (the sixth sequel to the surprise 2001 hit reached… Continue reading

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) There’s a moment in the 1991 animated Beauty And The Beast that surpasses all others, an interaction of exceptional subtlety and tension that most live-action features can rarely hope to achieve, let… Continue reading

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Ghost In The Shell

BBB (out of 5) A robotics company has a breakthrough in artificial intelligence technology when the melding of a human brain with an artificial body results in a successful combination (played by Scarlett Johansson),… Continue reading

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I, Daniel Blake

BBB.5 (out of 5) After suffering a heart attack on the job, a Newcastle construction worker (Dave Johns) tries to claim disability benefits and is plunged into nine circles of bureaucratic hell, constantly… Continue reading

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Get Out

BBB.5 (out of 5) Daniel Kaluuya is heading to the country with girlfriend Allison Williams to meet her parents and is more than a little bit nervous.  Her upper middle class family doesn’t know that he’s black… Continue reading

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Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more… Continue reading

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Logan

BBBB (out of 5) We move about twenty-odd years beyond the present and things aren’t looking so slick for a couple of X-Men.  Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is in his nineties and mentally degenerating, his… Continue reading

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