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by Markgway
22 Apr 2019, 03:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Atomic Blonde (2017) **½ Stylish, sexy spy thriller has intrigue, violent action, 80s Euro pop... So why didn't I like it more? I think it may have been the lead casting. Charlize Thereon looks the part as an icy Brit assassin, but has little character or appeal. James MacAvoy is irritating, occasio...
by Markgway
20 Apr 2019, 17:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Lady Bird (2017) ***
Good coming of age drama featuring a great performance by Saoirse Ronan.

It Comes at Night (2017) **
Bleak chiller promises much but goes nowhere slowly.
by Markgway
19 Apr 2019, 09:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) **½
Amusing Marvel super-heroics.

Life of the Party (2018) **½
Amiable comedy vehicle for Melissa McCarthy.
by Markgway
18 Apr 2019, 10:46
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Braven (2017) **½
Stripped down action thriller has logger Jason Momoa defend his snowbound log cabin from murderous drug traffickers.
Acceptably done, but Momoa doesn't have the charisma of a Stallone or a Schwarzenegger.
by Markgway
17 Apr 2019, 07:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Fast and the Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) (2017) **½
Mindless action at its zenith with carnage galore, but it is fun if you switch your brain off.
by Markgway
17 Apr 2019, 07:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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grim_tales wrote:
17 Apr 2019, 00:45
Stewart's character is an eccentric but basically harmless, and friendly to everyone.
Sound familiar? ;)
by Markgway
16 Apr 2019, 16:46
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ninja Assassin (2009) **½
Cartoon bloodshed dialled up to eleven as Korean pop star Rain slices and dices his way thru hundreds of stunt ninjas.
Insanely violent, but entertaining with it.
by Markgway
15 Apr 2019, 01:48
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ready Player One (2018) ***
Imaginative, colourful eye candy from an ever youthful Steven Spielberg.
I'm not mad on F/X heavy features, and this one hits overload,
but it was entertaining for what it was - if not something I'd sit thru again.
by Markgway
14 Apr 2019, 17:48
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Fear Inc. (2016) **
"Fun" horror comedy takes its inspiration from David Fincher's The Game and is almost as risible.
by Markgway
13 Apr 2019, 10:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) ***
Enjoyable origins tale; unattractively shot, though.

Better Watch Out (2017) **
Sharp, but unappealing horror, which frustratingly fails to show its sadistic antagonist get their much deserved comeuppance.
by Markgway
12 Apr 2019, 00:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Breaking In (2018) **½ Efficient home invasion thriller in which Gabrelle Union's capable mother determines to save her two kids from violent robbers. Does what you expect of it. *Edit: seems I saw the PG-13 version, which is actually still quite strong. Chokeslam (2017) **½ A dork gets a second cha...
by Markgway
10 Apr 2019, 07:09
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Truth or Dare (2018) **½
A cut above the usual Blumhouse youth horror fare.

Daddy's Home 2 (2017) **½
OK, so I'm going soft... but this was actually a quite reasonable Xmas comedy.
by Markgway
10 Apr 2019, 04:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) **½
More Marvel super-heroics with an emphasis on comedy.
Perfectly acceptable fare.

Blockers (2018) **½
Crude comedy is slightly better than many/most of its ilk.
by Markgway
08 Apr 2019, 05:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Reprisal (2018) ** Bank manager Frank Grillo and his neighbour, retired cop Bruce Willis, track down a nasty bank robber. Not as horrible as some have made out, but yeah, they did this sort of thing better in the early 90s, where at least the action made up for a lack of sense. Curvature (2018) ** M...
by Markgway
07 Apr 2019, 16:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Hotel Artemis (2018) **½ Criminals are holed up in a private hospital during L.A riots. Good premise, good cast, so-so execution. Girls' Trip (2017) *½ Raucous comedy might be viewed as a black Bridesmaids with bogus girl power message and stereotypes galore. If you took out all the f-words, vulgar ...
by Markgway
05 Apr 2019, 16:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Rapid Fire (1992) **½
Brandon Lee shines in standard action vehicle; good fight sequences.
by Markgway
04 Apr 2019, 22:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A Quiet Place (2018) **½
Takes quite a while to get going, but third act is tense and suspenseful.
by Markgway
03 Apr 2019, 20:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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grim_tales wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 00:27
occasionally Chinese characters (writing) appears on screen but I'm not sure what its supposed to indicate.
Actors' names.
by Markgway
03 Apr 2019, 20:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Double Date (2017) **
British horror comedy in which two sisters target a ginger virgin for sacrifice to resurrect their father's corpse.
Tolerable, if you can get past the off-putting brutality of the opening scene.
The beautiful Kelly Wenham makes an impression as the crazier elder sister.
by Markgway
03 Apr 2019, 03:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mom and Dad (2018) *½
Black comedy horror is more distasteful than funny.
An odd misfire, though Cage fans will be pleased to know he dials it up to 11 here.
by Markgway
03 Apr 2019, 00:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) **½
Fourth Clouseau film has many memorable set pieces - so many in fact that they had to cut twenty mins of footage from the release cut, most of which later made it into the patchwork Trail of the Pink Panther - but is very, very silly.
by Markgway
01 Apr 2019, 16:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Tag (2018) *½
Dreadful alleged comedy in which a group of men-children play a kid's game.
Even dumber than it sounds.

A Shot in the Dark (1964) ***
Fine French farce; second in Inspector Clouseau series.
by Markgway
29 Mar 2019, 13:53
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) **½
Tired entry in comedy series gets by on charm and good will.
A masterpiece compared to what followed, however...
by Markgway
27 Mar 2019, 21:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Deepwater Horizon (2016) **
Peter Berg knows how to handle kinetic disaster action,
but I could barely make out 50% of the dialogue.
Based on a true story, but not as emotionally engaging as it should be.