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by Markgway
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Abbott and Costello... Meet the Killer (1949) **½
This was a bit more up my alley.
A murder mystery-farce with a nice atmosphere and supporting role for Boris Karloff.
Costello is still LOUD and his shtick can be wearying.
by Markgway
09 Dec 2018, 13:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Buck Privates (1941) ** Innocuous first starring vehicle for A&C has minimal plot, more musical numbers than laughs. Vaudeville routines are largely dated. Abbott and Costello... Meet the Invisible Man (1951) ** Maybe I'm getting grouchy in my old age, but I found this more silly than enjoyable. I l...
by Markgway
05 Dec 2018, 05:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Brubaker (1980) *** Good drama in which liberal warden Robert Redford is determined to reform a hellhole prison. Kill Me Three Times (2014) **½ Aussie crime caper told in three time-shift chapters. Has plenty of Tarantino's darkly violent humour, but little of his wit. Cast (including Simon Pegg as ...
by Markgway
03 Dec 2018, 03:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Hunt (2012) ***
Upsetting Scandinavian drama about a playgroup supervisor falsely accused of child molestation and how his friends (sometimes brutally) turn against him. I would've done the ending differently but it gets the point across.
by Markgway
02 Dec 2018, 00:43
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ***
Suspenseful, smartly written follow-up.
The best of the series, despite a final act that should've been saved for JP3.
by Markgway
01 Dec 2018, 04:53
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Unsane (2018) **½
A woman is tricked into committing herself to a psychiatric facility where her stalker awaits.
Steven Soderbergh's experimental thriller shot entirely on an iPhone is more interesting than satisfying,
though Claire Foy is fine in the lead role.
by Markgway
30 Nov 2018, 05:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Death Wish (2018) ** Not bad (but not exactly good) remake of the Charles Bronson vehicle is different enough to stand on its own feet, whilst horror hack Eli Roth handles the violence capably (with only a couple of moments of his trademark strong gore/torture). The real problem here is, surprisingl...
by Markgway
30 Nov 2018, 00:07
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Kaleidoscope (2016) **
Drab psychological drama in which mother-hating ex-con Toby Jones murders a tart.
Jones is good, but the film's really a giant tease that doesn't add up to terribly much.
Writer-director Rupert Jones (brother of Toby) is no Alfred Hitchcock.
by Markgway
28 Nov 2018, 05:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Peppermint (2018) **
Disappointing vigilante thriller casts Jennifer Garner as one-woman army taking out a Colombian drug cartel.
Never boring, but low on credibility, even for this sort of movie.
by Markgway
27 Nov 2018, 03:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Goldstone (2016) **
Meandering follow up to outback drama 'Mystery Road' is more of the same.
by Markgway
26 Nov 2018, 00:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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San Andreas (2015) **½ BIG, LOUD F/X-dominated blockbuster is exactly what you expect it to be -- no more, no less -- as bad-ass helicopter pilot Dwayne Johnson aims to rescue his wife (the lovely Carla Gugino) and daughter (the lovely Alexandra Daddario) from a MAJOR earthquake (and subsequent tsun...
by Markgway
22 Nov 2018, 18:02
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Speaking of irritating sidekicks, that Asian steward in Final Score takes the biscuit!
by Markgway
21 Nov 2018, 20:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) **½ Visceral and very graphic battle sequences spotlight tale of WWII heroism. Technically well-made as you'd expect from director Mel Gibson, but the story didn't grab me the way I'd hoped, and I found Andrew Garfield's lead character, a religious pacifist, hard to connect with...
by Markgway
18 Nov 2018, 13:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Die Hard (1988) ***½
UHD viewing of all-time action classic.
by Markgway
15 Nov 2018, 23:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Skin Trade (2014) **½
Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa team up to wipe out scummy human traffickers.
Better than usual cast, lots of crunchy action.
Closer to a theatrical feature than most DTV movies.
by Markgway
15 Nov 2018, 08:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Final Score (2018) **
Derivative action vehicle isn't as good as Sudden Death let alone Die Hard.
Pierce Brosnan must've had some bills to pay for his 20 mins of screen time.
by Markgway
14 Nov 2018, 12:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Predator (2018) ** Not the turkey I feared it might be, but a disappointment all the same. The action and effects never let up, nor does the profanity-laden, vulgar humour. No suspense, no room for characters to breathe, this is every bit the franchise fodder. It's as if Shane Black (co-star in ...
by Markgway
14 Nov 2018, 03:31
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Loophole (1980) ***
Struggling architect Martin Sheen is lured into helping crook Albert Finney break into a London bank vault.
Thoroughly watchable caper, ending's a bit pat though.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2018, 17:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Equalizer 2 (2018) **½
Serviceable, if overlong sequel pits deadly Denzel against a team of rogue CIA assassins.
Slick and violent, but the script is run of the mill, and doesn't bear scrutiny.
by Markgway
10 Nov 2018, 20:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Virus (1998) ** Electrical pulses take over a Russian ship and turn its inhabitants into mutant robots, or something like that. Silly stuff wastes a decent cast, but some may find it amusingly bad. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) **½ Jason Statham's assassin is backing doing assassiny things to save t...
by Markgway
09 Nov 2018, 12:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Skyscraper (2018) ** Dwayne Johnson and some Duct Tape star in this preposterous action blockbuster in which a one-legged security expert has to save his family from foreign bad guys in a towering inferno. Pot-boiler kills time for sure, but this makes the Die Hard series look like gritty realism in...
by Markgway
08 Nov 2018, 12:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) ***
Really enjoyed this.
by Markgway
08 Nov 2018, 01:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible (1996) ***
The sequels may have surpassed this in terms of action sequences,
but in terms of spy thriller this one remains the best.
by Markgway
06 Nov 2018, 16:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The 'Highbinders' cut never got released. Some of the deleted scenes are on the DVD, IIRC. Not a good film, but surprisingly I didn't hate it. It's hard to hate even Jackie's poorer films. Only time I've liked Evans in a film was in a little seen thriller called Freeze Frame. And I wish Claire would...
by Markgway
05 Nov 2018, 06:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Bridge of Spies (2015) ***
Good cold-war drama from Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks reliable as usual.

Enigma (1982) **½
Another cold war spy drama. Quite good, but needs a bit more suspense.