Black Mass

BB (out of 5) Combining a true-life crime figure who was larger than life with the tradition of charismatic mob dramas that have been coming from the Warner Bros logo for decades should have provided for another Long Good Friday, something residing comfortably between gritty drama and the sexy mythologizing that these films have been … More Black Mass

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The Break-Up

BBB.5 (out of 5) Surprisingly effective comedy that introduces us to the instant romance between an art gallery employee (Jennifer Aniston) and a Chicago tour bus guide (Vince Vaughn), then slowly gives us a detailed, sometimes contrived, other times emotionally poignant, description of their long journey to splitsville. Aniston is tired of being taken for … More The Break-Up

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The Last Shot

BBB (out of 5) Hilarious spoof, reportedly based on a true story, brims with vigour and wit and then ends without a satisfying third act. Alec Baldwin plays an FBI agent who comes up with a brilliant scheme to catch a mob boss (Tony Shalhoub) his team has long been after: fake a movie production so … More The Last Shot

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Deep Impact

BB.5 (out of 5) The insults to human intelligence that hurl themselves your way one after the other in this loser action film are way deadlier than the meteor that threatens to destroy the planet. A cast of varied ages and pedigrees (Vanessa Redgrave, Elijah Wood, to name but two) never makes a cohesive whole … More Deep Impact

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Primal Fear

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent courtroom thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. When a prominent Chicago priest is murdered, a young Kentucky boy (Edward Norton) from the church’s orphanage is caught running away from the crime scene. Knowing this to be a high profile case and considering the victim was a … More Primal Fear

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Frequency

BBB.5 (out of 5) Surprisingly effective thriller about a young man (Jim Caviezel) who has never really got over his father’s dying when he was a child. He gets the chance of a lifetime when an odd miracle of northern lights and ‘the mother of all sunspots’ allows him to speak to his father (Dennis … More Frequency

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