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Assassin's Creed.

Boy this was bad. A lot of good actors wasted. After Dungeon and Dragons you would think Jeremy Irons would know better.

The 1492 bits were a series of annoying either Sharkey cam or high above the action flasty cam scenes that had no characters who you could get to know. The modern scenes, which is the bulk of the movie, was incoherent and boring.

It also seemed they ran out of time for an ending.

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Assassin's Creed.

Boy this was bad. A lot of good actors wasted. After Dungeon and Dragons you would think Jeremy Irons would know better.

The 1492 bits were a series of annoying either Sharkey cam or high above the action flasty cam scenes that had no characters who you could get to know. The modern scenes, which is the bulk of the movie, was incoherent and boring.

It also seemed they ran out of time for an ending.

Avoid.


Sharkey cam? Film may be bad but that's got me intrigued?

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Bloody autocorrect. Although Sharkey cam would have been so much better.


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Arrival 9/10 Managed to catch this one today (while "Working from home") on an extended lunch break. :longwink:

Hey, I noticed it was still on, and only on at midday, so likely not on at the cinema for much longer, so I went for it, and I'm so glad I did. What a cool and intelligent slice of sci-fi. None of the whiz bang of a summer blockbuster, but that's not to say it is short on spectacle or scope. There is a great premise at the heart of this movie, and it is a new and interesting twist on the alien first contact scenario where rather than the spoken word, or the universal language of mathematics that is usually used to break the galactic language barrier, it is the written word that is the key, and the understanding and breaking down of the most alien of scrawls. This all leads from a relatively slow start to the plot hurtling towards a pretty full on dramatic conclusion that has global ramifications, but also keeps it relateable on a personal and emotional level that we buy into wholesale due to the strength of Amy Adam's central role. This all concludes with a rug pull of The 6th Sense proportions which makes perfect sense in the context of the story and is totally satisfying. Easily one of the best films of 2016, so glad I managed to catch this at the cinema.


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A Million Ways to Die in the West : pretty bloody funny at times & multiple Lol moments for me . The Moustache Song & Doc 'Back To The Future' Brown & the Deloran amongst them :lol:

Overall 8.2/10 :applaud:

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Sing 9/10 with the little 'un and wife at the weekend. Was really good actually. Illumination knocking it out the park yet again. And this is from someone who hates X-Factor, The Voice, Britain's Got Talent and all that rubbish.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West : pretty bloody funny at times & multiple Lol moments for me . The Moustache Song & Doc 'Back To The Future' Brown & the Deloran amongst them :lol:

Overall 8.2/10 :applaud:

Fuck that movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3bvNkDbh0s


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Doom.
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Logan 10/10 Nuff said.

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Cool.

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Lucy : saw it for the first time tonight & loved it , as did my Girlfriend . Incredibly well acted by Scarlett & shockers & surprises at everyday turn .
Shows how a French Policeman can actually be useful for a change & that those idiot Parisian Drivers sorely needed a taste of their own medicine !!!! :twisted:

And Morgan Freeman's Lectures & calm interaction when dealing with Lucy was great to . Also educated my GF on bits i
of Evolution , without her getting bored by having to read it on Wikipedia ... ( she lost a bet & I didn't have to listen to her indecipherable Garage Music as a forfeit ... Lol ) .


Overall one of the best movies I've seen in ages : 8.9/10 .

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Saw Kong: Skull Island 9/10 today, cracking movie, pure popcorn fun and visceral rollercoaster thrills. Every bit as much fun as the trailer suggests, and you can see by the similar style historical news reel footage over the opening credits to the most recent Godzilla, not to mention the sheer scale of this Kong, that he is being prepped for a face off with the titular atomic lizard. Oh, and Samuel L. Jackson is immense in this movie, crazy eyes on him to rival his Pulp Fiction role of Jules, Awesome.

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Enjoyed it myself. Good fun. I admit to preferring the Jackson one still. I know that gets stick for the opening 45 minutes to an hour, but the downside of this was that the characters were so lightly drawn as to be a one line character description. However it did the job it set out to do, a big monster fight, Jurassic Park 3 meets Apocalypse Now.


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Enjoyed it myself. Good fun. I admit to preferring the Jackson one still. I know that gets stick for the opening 45 minutes to an hour, but the downside of this was that the characters were so lightly drawn as to be a one line character description. However it did the job it set out to do, a big monster fight, Jurassic Park 3 meets Apocalypse Now.


Yeah, that is exactly what it is, does what it says on the tin and has no asperations to be anything it isn't.

Check out this awesome Aaron McBride concept work for the movie, it is like he said just put this image up on screen and they will come. Perfection.

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Would be extremely amusing to watch this Kong crush a V-Rex with one hand ...

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A movie so dumb you can feel your neurons short circuiting as you watch it.


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The Nice Guys.

This largely passed me by when it was released.

Typical Shane Black film, and a nice feel for an eighties type film, only set in the 70s. Not really a family film with the backdrop of the Hollywood porn industry, even though the Gosling character has a daughter who is effectively a third lead.

The 70s setting looks pretty spot on, there was one scene driving down Hollywood Boulevard where the background posters were so casually done I almost missed them.

There are also some knowingly time conscious jokes, taking full liberty of a 2010s film set in the 70s.

If any complaint, that's it, there is a lot of work and intelligence going in to make a film that 30 or 40 years ago would be ordinary. However it also does feel like a picture that does not get made anymore.


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Age of Dinosaurs (2013) on Horror Channel . Pretty rubbish stuff , but with DINOSAURS which is always a bonus !!! :banana:

6.7/10 - 2 of those for the Ceratosaurus ...

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Rogue One (Blu Ray) 9/10 A nice way to spend a Saturday evening in. And just as awesome on the small screen, extras pretty good too, though would have liked more in depth content, and of course soem deleted scenes wouldn't have gone a miss as we obviously know there are a stack (seems almost like half a movie's worth going from the trailers) of those.

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Major Grom. Short film (available to watch on YouTube) based on a comic book series from Russian publishers Bubble Comics about a superheroic Moscow cop. Packs a lot into it's half-hour running time, with a couple of effective twists, a great fight scene that's seemingly shot in a single continuous take (though there must be a few hidden cuts in there) as the camera repeatedly spins 360 degrees around the combatants, and an impressively filmed stunt sequence as Grom pursues a criminal across the very high rafters of an abandoned building. There's also a pleasing vein of meta humour throughout ("I must work on my punchlines" mutters Grom after dispatching a villain and realizing he's got nothing witty to say) including a sequence that pokes fun at the Transporter franchise, and - in a nod to fans of the original comic book - a last second cameo by Grom's arch-nemesis. A solid 8/10. Recommended.


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L I F E 8/10 I originally dismissed this as a bit of an Alien wannabe, which it is to some extent, but the contemporary setting makes it quite different to Alien, and the life in question starting off as near microbial and developing into a more advanced organism over the course of the movie mirrors the Alien's life cycle a little while being quite unique in its development and also more a more realistic and plausible premise with a sample from Mars being the source. There are other similarities such as the crew being trapped in a claustrophobic confined space with the creature, and the likeable crew has a quite similar rapport and feel as the crew of the Nostromo, but it brings enough of its own ideas, and spiralling and disorienting cinematography to convey the weightlessness of being in space. It is also well enough done, and delivers enough in the suspense and horror stakes to creep out from underneath the long shadow cast by Alien. Well worth a look if you like this kinda thing.


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Ghost in the Shell 6/10 Quite enjoyed this, but wanted to like it more. Has been that long since I saw the original Anime that I can't honestly judge how slavishly it followed the source material, though I could tell that it nailed the look and tone of the original well enough, but it seemed to be missing something. Perhaps it needed to change things up a bit more for a modern audience? As the original concept and aesthetic had dated quite badly. After all what is classic Cyberpunk without a shedload of cables? It also needed an injection of humour as it just took itself so seriously, but again that is due to the tone of the source material. Still definitely worth going to see if you're a fan of the original Anime/Manga franchise.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 10/10 Perfect sequel for the irreverent original. The opening credit sequence alone is worth the price of admission with Baby Groot totally stealing the show. It does an Empire Strikes Back, in that than rather than just going bigger and louder with this sequel it starts us right in the thick of the action, and then gives the characters more deep and complex emotional material to get their teeth stuck into. All the characters go on decent arcs over the course of the movie, and it ably feeds off of themes and plot points introduced in the previous movie to draw to a satisfying conclusion. The stakes at the end are cosmically high as you would expect from this franchise, after all they are the Guardians of the Fricking Galaxy! :banana: And yet they still managed to keep it all intimate and about the characters despite the scale of the threat. As good a sequel as you could hope for really.

ALIEN Covenant 9/10 Very interesting, about 50/50 parts ALIEN and Prometheus. Ridley Scott has definitely brought the Alien we know and love back for this one, but it is in danger of feeling a little like a rehash of the film that started it all, for as well executed as it is, when the proper Xenomorph appears it doesn't really do anything new or unexpected. Where you do get the unexpected and more of the interesting plot developments and twists of the piece are with the surviving android from Prometheus, David. That is where the interest in this movie lies. Just what has he been up to for 10 years? Idle hands and all that. So visceral thrills from the Xeno, and more stuff for the intellect to chew on from the David sub plot, and supposedly another prequel/sequel is in the works to finally loop back to the original ALIEN. Be interesting to see where that goes.


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Just seen Colossal and I can commend it to anyone who falls in the small part of the Venn diagram for 'likes Anne Hathaway films' and 'likes giant monster films'. I imagine that you would be disappointed if you only liked one.


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Get Out 7/10 Really good, and not quite what I was expecting. Well worth checking out. This thing gets freaky.

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I think "not as offensive as it could've been" sums this movie nicely up. And Djimon Hounsou acts the hell out of his role.


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Tomorrowland.

This was interesting. I enjoyed it, but not sure who this is aimed at.

It's a weird mixture of those 70s Disney films that they don't make anymore, like Escape from Witch Mountain, The Gnome Mobile or The Cat from Outer Space. However they now have the ability to show that Other Place that they couldn't really do back then.

And therein lies the problem. As soon as it starts you know what seeing what that Other Place will likely mean. However if I recall properly, that was not how this was marketed. Which probably explains why it didn't become "the next POTC" for Disney.

What we have, as I said, is a throwback to those those old Disney films, and I can see this fitting into Christmas schedules for years to come. Which finishes in a big(ish) action finale that a modern updating of this type of film now seems to require. But also slightly slap sticky Disneyesque mode. Although that could have been the presence of Hugh Laurie and memories of 101 Dalmatians.
But the thing with the end, is that it would have fitted being an animated film than live action. And in fact if Byrd had done this as one of his Pixar films, the entire film would probably be considered a classic of that genre. Being non animated probably has hurt it.

It deals with some interesting themes, namely the effect of human nature, and how that operates in relation to Utopias and Dystopias. Which does not naturally lend itself to a traditional Disney family film.

And this is why I wonder who this was made for. People hankering for 70s, early 80s kids films with more adult meat on the bones is not a big market. And it has the other problem, you do get to see decent glimpses of the promised Utopia of Tomorrowland, but by the time you get there, you know you aren't going to get that.

It​ didn't blow my mind, but I really enjoyed it.


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Wonder Woman 9/10 A cracking romp of a superhero movie, and easily the best of DCs recent output, pure popcorn cinema. Makes you wonder (no pun intended :longwink: ) why we had to wait so long for this.

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Baby Driver. Best film of the year so far for me but I am a bit of an NCG who only goes to see blockbusters.


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^^ Looking forward to seeing that, will definitely check it out.

Spider Man: Homecoming 8/10 Cracking movie, good integration of MCU elements such as Tony Stark, integral to the plot without it becoming overpowering, and refreshing to see a Spidey movie where the lead actor that is believable as a high school kid. Also kept more street level as apposed to the world shattering threats that come with say an Avengers movie. I really enjoyed it.


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Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation.

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