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by Markgway
17 Nov 2019, 19:22
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Lighthouse Golem (2016) *½
Disappointing murder mystery set in Victorian London district.
Overly theatrical, clumsy structuring, poor storytelling.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2019, 12:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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All the Money in the World (2017) **½
Kidnap drama from Ridley Scott in which world's richest man refuses to pay his grandson's ransom.
Based on a true story, film is never less than watchable, but is as cold and inert as its characters.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2019, 02:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Captain America: Civil War (2016) ** If watching gravity-defying superheroes smashing the shit out of each other for 2.5 hrs is your bag, then this is the movie for you. The internal conflict plays second fiddle to awesome spectacle. Marvel fans will love this; I was apathetic, and somewhat numbed b...
by Markgway
07 Nov 2019, 09:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Patriot's Day (2016) ***
Tense, tactful thriller about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
by Markgway
06 Nov 2019, 17:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 700175

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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) **
Innocuous spy comedy-thriller.
by Markgway
05 Nov 2019, 03:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Our Kind of Traitor (2015) **½
Quite good spy thriller, engrossing throughout, though the ending's a little weak, ill-explained.
Based on a novel by John LeCarre, which one assumes is better plotted.
by Markgway
03 Nov 2019, 03:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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In Darkness (2017) **
Blind pianist overhears the possible murder of her upstairs neighbour.
What starts out as a creepy Hitchcockian suspenser soon turns into a far less interesting (not to mention hopelessly convoluted) revenge drama.
Conclusion is especially risible.
by Markgway
02 Nov 2019, 03:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2016) ** Preposterous action blockbuster/vanity project for Vin Diesel (who takes smugness to a new level here). I'd be lying if I said a wasn't a little entertained, but a bonafide good movie it isn't. Spinning Man (2017) **½ Did philosophy professor Guy Pearce murder a ...
by Markgway
01 Nov 2019, 15:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) ** Teen zombie flick is an unlikely mix of Shaun of the Dead and High School Musical. Never less than watchable, with spirited performances, and good sense of humour, but repetition sets in far too quickly, with perky song and dance numbers failing to cover up a lack o...
by Markgway
27 Oct 2019, 13:33
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Terminal (2018) *½ Strange neo-noir revenge thriller is very obviously the work of a novice. The director has an eye for neon-lit visuals and sparse set design, but his script is all over the place. The quirkiness becomes wearying, the twists increasingly ridiculous (and unnecessary). Margot Robbie ...
by Markgway
26 Oct 2019, 00:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018) **½ Paper thin story contrived purely to hold together a string of bouncy musical numbers (which are generally fun). If Amanda Seyfried was the breakout star of the original, here it's the effervescent Lily James. Final scene brought a tear to my eye, big sook that...
by Markgway
24 Oct 2019, 09:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
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Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

As soon as I see it - probably not for a while now - I'll post a quick take in the review thread.
by Markgway
23 Oct 2019, 18:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Inception (2010) ***½

Groundhog Day (1993) ****
by Markgway
21 Oct 2019, 08:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

Shingster wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 01:09
Have you seen Last Blood yet Mark?
No, wasn't showing at my local.
by Markgway
19 Oct 2019, 23:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

I just can't believe he hasn't seen Rambo (IV)! :o
by Markgway
16 Oct 2019, 04:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Justice League (2017) ** A video game masquerading as cinema. Forget logic and physics - the filmmakers certainly did. A paper thin story with only the presence of (somewhat) charismatic superheroes to hold it together. Batfleck is OK; EzraFlash, mildly amusing, WonderGal - I could happily watch rea...
by Markgway
16 Oct 2019, 02:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Planes Trains, and Automobiles (1987) **½ Steve Martin and John Candy both shine in this sometimes funny, sometimes irritating farce. Goes for Hollywood schmaltz toward the end, but it's not entirely unjustified (although anyone other than the genial Candy would've been unbearable in the role and on...
by Markgway
15 Oct 2019, 16:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ghost in the Shell (2017) **½ Live action Manga, populated with westerners. Interesting ideas, arresting design, overwhelmed by visual effects. Last Girl Standing (2015) **½ Well-written and acted psychological horror capably deals with the trauma of being a massacre survivor; gory final act is a di...
by Markgway
12 Oct 2019, 05:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ingrid Goes West (2017) **½
Aubrey Plaza is good as an unbalanced girl who fixates on social media personality Elizabeth Olsen.
Not great, but good black comedy. Would make an interesting companion piece to The Cable Guy.
by Markgway
11 Oct 2019, 16:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) ** Pedestrian, tame European thriller unsuccessfully tries to meld police procedural and giallo. John Mills(!) stars as a middle-aged detective mistrusting of his younger trophy wife - flame-haired temptress Luciana Paluzzi (distractingly dubbed here). Not terrible, just...
by Markgway
09 Oct 2019, 19:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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I Do... Until I Don't (2017) **½
Patchy, but sometimes sharply observed comedy drama about the trials of married couples.
by Markgway
09 Oct 2019, 05:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Disaster Artist (2017) ***
Tongue-in-cheek film detailing the making of oddball Tommy Wiseau's cult stinker The Room.
by Markgway
05 Oct 2019, 10:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mandy (2017) *
Unbearable splatter revenge saga with Nic Cage going full Nic Cage enough to raise a few unintended chuckles.
Pretentious, arty, and utterly terrible.
by Markgway
04 Oct 2019, 11:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Night Walker (1964) **
William Castle's B&W chiller has decent atmosphere, but too many lulls, and rests on an unlikely plot.
by Markgway
29 Sep 2019, 12:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 700175

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Road Hard (2015) **½
Has-been stand-up comic Adam Carolla reevaluates his life.
Not bad comedy-drama.