What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

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Unread post by Markgway » 02 Nov 2019, 03:00

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 nubile female student?
More a character drama than a thriller; fine, but doesn't do anything special.

Ghostbusters II (1989) ***
UHD viewing.
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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.
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Unread post by Guro Taku » 03 Nov 2019, 11:41

The Nightingale (Australia/USA/Canada, 2018) [amazon] – 4/5
Gnarly, violent revenge film about an Irish convict in a Tasmanian penal colony in the early 1800s, who, after numerous rapes and the slaughter of her husband and baby, embarks on a quest for revenge. Unfortunately kind of runs out of steam just when there's supposed to be a showdown but otherwise an impressive film. I enjoyed director Jennifer Kent's previous film THE BABADOOK (2016) but I couldn't have guessed that this was directed by the same person. Aisling Franciosi is outstanding in the lead role. I especially loved the scene where she bonds with her Aboriginal guide (you'd better believe this film has a few things to say about the horros of "colonization") over their mutal hatred for the English.

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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.
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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) **
Innocuous spy comedy-thriller.
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Patriot's Day (2016) ***
Tense, tactful thriller about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
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Unread post by grim_tales » 08 Nov 2019, 22:49

Joker (2019): 4/5

Dark and disturbing character study - Joaquin Phoenix does very well in a complex role and the music is great too. I did notice one of Bob Monkhouse's famous gags was used but it didn't feel right somehow?
Strangely I did almost feel kind of sympathetic for Arthur at times (not always) :(

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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 by the endless chaos and mayhem.

Bad Match (2017) **½
Self-absorbed player swipes right on a hot student and gets more than he bargained for.
Satisfactory thriller with a twist. Worth swiping right for on a late night.
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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.
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Unread post by HungFist » 14 Nov 2019, 06:23

Rulers of the City (Italy, 1976) [VoD] - 2.5/5
Lightweight Fernando Di Leo gangster actioner with two young blokes trying their luck against the mafia. Moderately entertaining if you can get past the brain dead script and the fundamental question why make a film with these silly youngsters when there were older, more charismatic actors available? A very passable time waster, but Milano Calibro 9 this is not.

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The Lighthouse Golem (2016) *½
Disappointing murder mystery set in Victorian London district.
Overly theatrical, clumsy structuring, poor storytelling.
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