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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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Above the Law (1988) **½
Not my favourite Seagal film, but still pretty good, with a more complex plot than usual.
by Markgway
16 Jan 2019, 13:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Parkland (2013) ***
Interesting drama looks at at some of the lesser known characters involved in the Kennedy Assassination.
by Markgway
10 Jan 2019, 00:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Death of Stalin (2017) ***
Biting satire, very dark and often very funny.
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, and Jason Isaacs standout in the cast.
And any film that gets up the noses of the Kremlin is doing something right.
by Markgway
09 Jan 2019, 06:39
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Goodfellas (1990) **½ I know I'm in the fucking minority here, but I find this fucking gangster epic to be overlong and fucking overrated. I actually prefer fucking Casino, which is fucking longer, but fucking faster, and more involving, so fucking sue me! Henry Hill is a total fucking dick; he star...
by Markgway
06 Jan 2019, 03:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Rambo III (1988) **½
Action-packed blockbuster unfairly bombed at the box office.
The politics are dated, but that's hardly the fault of the filmmakers.
More explosions than dialogue, but at least it has a sense of humour.
by Markgway
05 Jan 2019, 12:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A John Hughes binge, eh?

Your scores are roughly in line with mine.

Glad I'm not the only one who finds Ferris a smug irritant.
by Markgway
03 Jan 2019, 20:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Trespass (1992) **½
Pretty good urban thriller in which a pair of fireman are trapped in a derelict building by gangsters.
by Markgway
02 Jan 2019, 04:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Carrie (1976) **½
Brian DePalma's celebrated adaptation of Stephen King's first novel.
Sissy Spacek is ideally cast and brings poignancy to an undernourished script.
The film for all its visual pizzazz requires more dramatic weight to offset the schlock.
by Markgway
01 Jan 2019, 22:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The ABC Murder (2018) *½ The BBC's fourth attempt at re-imagining Agatha Christie. I didn't like 'And Then There Were None' and skipped 'Witness for the Prosecution'; as for 'Ordeal By Innocence', well, I may have seen it, or part of it, honestly not sure...? This time we have Hercule Poirot (a misc...
by Markgway
31 Dec 2018, 19:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Maleficent (2014) ***
Entertaining Disney re-telling of Sleeping Beauty with focus shifted to the wronged 'villainess' deliciously played by Angelina Jolie.
by Markgway
30 Dec 2018, 11:18
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Post (2017) **½
Acceptable drama about the Nixon admin's attempts to stop the publishing of the Pentagon Papers.
Not up to Spielberg's usual high standards.
by Markgway
27 Dec 2018, 04:06
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Young Guns II (1990) **
Emilio Estevez, one of the more engaging young actors of his generation, has fun reprising his unhinged 'Billy the Kid', but otherwise this modernised western is lacklustre and ordinary.
by Markgway
26 Dec 2018, 02:20
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) *½ Odd, overwrought, militantly unpleasant drama about a teacher of deaf children (Diane Keaton, sexy, but unappealing) who does drugs and has sex with strange men. Men are dangerous, twisted bastards, especially if gay, whilst women are confused, hysterical sluts. Cau...
by Markgway
25 Dec 2018, 07:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Boomerang (1992) **½ Ad executive Eddie Murphy is the player who gets played in this sort-of romantic sort-of comedy. Murphy is watchable as ever, but the film is overlong and vulgar. Happy Christmas (2014) *½ Appallingly self-indulgent indie drama, filmed in 16mm, about a twenty-something screw-up ...
by Markgway
25 Dec 2018, 00:08
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018) **½ Renowned crime novelist Agatha Christie disappears for 11 days in 1926 during which time she investigates a cold case murder. Not bad mystery takes a while to hits its stride. Ruth Bradley is very good as the mid-thirties Agatha. A couple of unnecessary f-wo...
by Markgway
22 Dec 2018, 00:27
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Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) ***
by Markgway
20 Dec 2018, 05:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) ** If you're at all paranoid about social media hacking and sinister goings on in the world of net best not watch this movie, it'll make you want to smash your PC/laptop/smart phone/tablet, etc with a giant mallet. Hard to follow at first, then it gradually gets on track,...
by Markgway
19 Dec 2018, 19:15
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Breakout (1975) **½
Charismatic Charlie Bronson breaks weedy Robert Duvall out of a Mexican prison.
Not enough action for this sort of movie, but very watchable in the main.
Contains the best bad guy hit by propellers scene ever.
by Markgway
19 Dec 2018, 19:04
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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London Has Fallen (2015) **½ Gerard Butler's one man army has to protect the US President when seemingly hundreds of terrorists co-ordinate an attack on the UK capital. Far-fetched, but never boring action thriller packs itself with more violence than sense, but does the job if you switch your brain...
by Markgway
17 Dec 2018, 05:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Assassination Nation (2018) **½ Four teenage girls become the targets of a bloodthirsty mob when the town's social media is mysteriously hacked. Savage, nihilistic satire has cult potential stamped all over it. If only it were a better film. Impressively manages to skewer both the hedonistic, selfis...
by Markgway
16 Dec 2018, 23:11
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ricki and the Flash (2015) **½
Bar-room rocker Meryl Streep struggles to reconnect with her now adult kids decades after ditching them for her career.
Not bad comedy-drama, personable without much to make a fuss about.
by Markgway
16 Dec 2018, 00:22
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Halloween (2018) *½
We waited 40 years for this official sequel... it wasn't worth the wait.
Inert, boring slasher is no better than any of the other sequels this one ungraciously airbrushes from continuity.
by Markgway
12 Dec 2018, 22:41
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Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Predator 2 (1990) **½
Frantic sequel, not as good as the original, but better than what came after.