Speed Racer

B (out of 5) A strong contender for Most Annoying Film Of All Time, adapted from the popular Japanese television series by the Wachowskis to look like a cartoon in live-action form.  What it actually looks like is a late-night commercial that you cannot escape, with constantly overlapping imagery, intentionally false backdrops and queasily colourful interiors occasionally … More Speed Racer

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The Nice Guys

BBB.5 (out of 5) A hired thug (Russell Crowe, more lighthearted than he’s been in years) is hired by a young woman to keep a couple of guys off her tail; this leads him to a private investigator (Ryan Gosling, playing the clown to perfection) whose ineptitude reaches Inspector Clouseau levels who has been hired … More The Nice Guys

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The Invasion

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fourth version of the classic Jack Finney novel, this time with Nicole Kidman as a doctor who becomes aware that there are visitors who blending in a bit too easily. She’s a psychiatrist whose patient (Veronica Cartwright, who also appears in the Philip Kaufman version) insists that her husband is not the … More The Invasion

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The Matrix Revolutions

B (out of 5) While machine-controlled sentinels storm their way towards the city of Zion, Neo (Keanu Reeves) continues his quest to find out what his purpose is as “The One”, the saviour of humanity against the cold-hearted computers that have taken over Earth. This messy second sequel to the Wachowski brothers’s highly superior 1999 … More The Matrix Revolutions

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The Matrix Reloaded

BB.5 (out of 5) At long last, the inevitable sequel to the best science-fiction film of the last five years has finally arrived, and surprisingly enough the Wachowski boys have bitten off less than they can chew. Following the events that concluded the first Matrix, this one follows the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar as they … More The Matrix Reloaded

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The Matrix

BBBBB (out of 5) Nothing is what it seems in this cyberkinetic action thriller that grabs hold and never lets go. Keanu Reeves plays a bottomfeeding computer hacker who goes from zero to hero when he pursues the myth of a world-class hack expert (Laurence Fishburne) and finds him. Discovering that he is a saviour of … More The Matrix

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Fair Game (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) Cindy Crawford‘s performance in this run of the treadmill thriller can’t manage a whit of energy, playing a hard working lawyer with the world’s most hard working mole who gets caught in a deadly game when ex-KGB agents are after her hide. William Baldwin is the FBI cop who is assigned to … More Fair Game (1995)

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