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Rogue One : A Star Wars Story
UK certificate 12
125 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Gareth Edwards

Starring : Felicity Jones/Diego Luna/Alan Tudyk

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A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy.

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Awesome special and visual effects make this film.....hugely entertaining.
Performances where ok as was the storyline,

Recommended

8/10









The Rift
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Dejan Zecevic

Starring : Katarina Cas/Ken Foree/Monte Markham

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The satellite has vanished and the only clue is a trail leading to a small village nestled on the outskirts of forest line. As the team begins to investigate they quickly discover that something else came back from space, something not of this world. As their time runs out, the team must battle to unlock the terrifying truth behind the ill-fated mission.

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I was somewhat disappointed with this film...could have been much better.
Nonetheless an interesting storyline line.


5/10








Teleios aka Deep Space
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Ian Truitner

Starring : Sunny Mabrey/Lance Broadway

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A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why.

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Another somewhat disappointing film, perhaps my expectations where set to high...."Event Horizon" it was not.
The cinematography was good as was the special effects....
Much talking sprinkled with a little action.

5/10



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Sulley
UK certificate 12
92 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Biography/Drama/History

Directed by : Clint Eastwood

Starring : Tom Hanks/Aaron Eckhart/Valerie Mahaffey

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he story of American pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who heroically landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River.

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Excellent drama with Tom Hanks at his best...
Nicely scripted and directed with some good visual effects.

Recommended

8/10








Cyborg X
UK certificate 18
86 min

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Genre : Action/Horror

Directed by : Kevin King

Starring : Danny Trejo/Eve Mauro/Rocky Myers

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After Cyborg X-Corp, a radical weapons manufacturer, is taken over by a Cyber Virus, a group of survivors must fight to save humanity from the army of Machines the Virus now controls.

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Not a bad film ...Plenty of blood and gore but a simple storyline and average performances.
Cheesy special effects complimented.
One for Horror addicts only.

5/10








The Chamber

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Thriller

Directed by : Ben Parker

Starring : Johannes Kuhnke/Charlotte Salt/James McArdle

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The film revolves around a special ops unit who commandeer a commercial research vessel and it’s submersible to locate a mysterious item at the bottom of the Yellow Sea. When an explosion causes the sub to overturn and take on water, the crew begins to understand that not all of them will escape and a fight for survival ensues.

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I was pleasantly surprised much more entertaining than I had originally thought.
Slow burning yes, but a well crafted storyline keeps you watching.
Performances are good as are the special effects.

6/10



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Arsenal aka Southern Fury
UK certificate 18
93 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Steven Miller

Starring : Nicolas Cage/John Cusack/Adrian Grenier

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The Film tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey and JP, who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King, JP turns to the brothers' old pal Sal, a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King's relentless army of gangsters.

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An average storyline and script is lifted by some good performances...
Often bloody and brutal with some slow motion scenes of bullets flying all over the place.
Not a bad effort but not memorable either..

5.5/10







The Void
UK certificate 18
91 mins

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Genre : Horror/Mystery/Sci-fi

Directed by : Steven Kostanski/Jeremy Gillespie

Starring : Aaron Poole/Kenneth Welsh/Kathleen Munroe

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When a mutating horde of parasitic creatures threatens to breach an isolated hospital, a lone police officer and a group of hospital staff band together to fortify themselves within its walls. But as they prepare for the fight of their lives, they will discover the real terror is already inside.

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This film reminded me of Carpenters "The Thing" in the way the creatures mutated.
If you like very strong bloody violence and gore this film is for you..
It was certainly entertaining in its way..

6.5/10








Uncanny aka Almost Human
UK certificate 15
91 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-fi/Thriller

Directed by : Matthew Leutwyler

Starring : Mark Webber/Lucy Griffiths/David Clayton Rogers

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The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.

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Slow burning storyline is lifted by decent performances and the script, but in my view the ending is flawed..
Not unlike "Ex Machina" in its concept....However there is little in the way of special/visual effects.
One for Sci-fi addicts me thinks.

6/10



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Curse of the Phoenix aka Ghost Ship
UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Horror

Directed by : Robert Young

Starring : Joseph Sentance/Sheena May/Lizzie Stables

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A young man, Josh, is haunted by a strange apparition - The Wraithe. She believes Josh is her lost true love and tries to claim him for herself, putting Josh and any woman close to him, in mortal danger.

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A classic style ghost story, more a drama mystery than a horror film.
Average special effects lifted by a well crafted storyline and good performances.
Certainly entertaining in it's way.

6/10







2307: Winter's Dream aka The Winter Soldier

UK certificate 15
97 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Joey Curtis

Starring : Paul Sidhu/Arielle Holmes/Branden Coles

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In 2307, a future soldier is sent on a mission to hunt down the leader of the humanoid rebellion.

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An average Sci-Fi story with some good visual effects..
Performances were ok.........So in my view one for the genre only..
Don't be fooled with the hype about Mad Max and Riddick..It did did not come close.

5.5/10








We Still Steal the Old Way

UK certificate 18
94 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Sacha Bennett

Starring : Ian Ogilvy/Billy Murray/Christopher Ellison

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The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs.

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A gritty crime drama with some good visual effects..But a slow paced average storyline let it down.
Not as good as "We Still Kill the Old Way".,,,So one for those that cannot sleep.

5/10



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Passengers
UK certificate 12
111 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Morten Tyldum

Starring : Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence/Michael Sheen

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A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

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I enjoyed this film as it makes a difference having a romantic element to sci-fi genre these days.
Superb visual and special effects are complimented by excellent cinematography.
Slow burning in the middle section distracts somewhat...but that is just nit picking.

Recommended

7.5/10



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Eliminators
UK certificate 15
91 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : James Nunn

Starring : Scott Adkins/Stuart Bennett/James Cosmo

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A former US Federal Agent must abandon the witness protection program and come out of hiding when his London home is invaded in error due to a wrong address. When the event ends with multiple homicides, the news triggers those hunting him to send Europe's most dangerous assassin to kill him. Now on the run with his daughters life in jeopardy, a determined father must get her to safety before the people he's been hiding from tracks him down.

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A fast action thriller with good fight sequences...a better film by Scott Adkins.
I enjoyed this film which kept me entertained through out.

6.5/10








Lone Wolves aka Sole Survivor

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Christopher Jacobs

Starring : Dan Purdey/Warren Otteraa/Alana Tranter

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After an apocalypse of questionable origin, Private James Conroy is living in an abandoned shack at the base of a radio tower. When Conroy finally contacts Garry Freeman, marooned in a space station, they have to learn to work together if they're going to save themselves, and maybe all of civilization.

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Miserable, dire rubbish only out done by music which competes with the spoken dialogue.
The special effects were ok for the budget..but that's about it
Avoid

2/10



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Assassin's Creed
UK certificate 12
110 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Justin Kurzel

Starring : Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard/Jeremy Irons

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Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.

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This film has the classic setting from Assassins Creed games but lacked a good script.
Performances were good as were some of the action sequences .
Entertaining ? yes, but could have been better.

6.5/10








Silence
UK certificate 15
154 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Drama/History

Directed by : Martin Scorsese

Starring : Adam Driver/Liam Neeson/Andrew Garfield

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In the 17th century two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

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A slow powerful drama depicting well the period in history...often brutal and violent.
At times to slow and I lost connection with the characters..
So not for all then and only for those that like strong drama..

6.5/10








Welcome to Willits aka Alien Hunter
UK certificate 15
80 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Trevor Ryan

Starring : Dolph Lundgren/Chris Zylka/Karrueche Tran

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Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers the situation quickly escalates into total carnage.

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More slasher than Sci-Fi with much gore and blood.
Lundgren plays a TV star and that's it for him...
Some DVD covers would have you think otherwise...

4.5/10



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Hacksaw Ridge
UK certificate 15
134 mins

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Genre : Biography/Drama/History/War

Directed by : Mel Gibson

Starring : Hugo Weaving/Rachel Griffiths/Sean Lynch

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WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Superb biography, a truly inspirational film, Mel Gibson back on top form..solid performances by the lead actors compliments.
A little slow to start with but that is to be expected in the storyline line.
The true horror of war is graphically depicted with excellent special effects..

Highly recommended

9/10








Bonded by Blood 2 : Essex Boys The Next Generation
UK certificate 18
88 mins

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Genre : Crime

Directed by : Greg Hall

Starring : Carla Howe/Terry Stone/Sam Strike

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In the shadow of the Range Rover murders, drugs, violence and revenge continue to reign in a criminal underworld even darker and deadlier than before as a new generation of Essex Boys begin to carve their bloody mark.

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An average journey into the criminal underworld..........Often brutal and bloody.
As with the majority of sequels it doesn't live up to the first outing.

4.5/10








The Marine 5: Battleground
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Action

Directed by : James Nunn

Starring : Mike Mizanin/Maryse Ouellet Mizanin/Heath Miller

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While working as an EMT back stateside Jake Carter after responding to a distress call, finds himself caught up protecting a person of interest from a biker gang ruthlessly hunting them down.

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Yet another installment in the Marine series......Not bad.
Entertaining with good action sequences..but that's about it.
Average then and will, I think, only appeal to Marine fans

5.5/10



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Underworld : Blood Wars
UK certificate 15
88 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Horror

Directed by : Anna Foerster

Starring : Kate Beckinsale/Charles Dance/James Faulkner

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Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene, as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David and his father Thomas, she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Another sequeal in the franchise...and not bad.
The screenplay tends to let it down, that said, the special & visual effects are top draw and for me at least an entertaining experience.
One for Under world fans

6.5/10







Campus Code aka Timeshifters
UK certificate 15
83 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Cathy Scorsese/Kenneth M. Waddell

Starring : Jesse McCartney/Alice Kremelberg/Conor Leslie

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The college experience - studying, dating, partying... but when one of their classmates disintegrates right before their eyes, Ari, Becca, Izzy, Greta and Arun must battle security, the Griefers and each other to uncover the incredible truth about themselves and this other-worldly campus before they are all eliminated.

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Oh dear another turkey....A confusing storyline and average performances makes for a film I would rather have not wasted my time on.
The special effects were average as well...
Clearly missable...

3.5/10








xXx : Return of Xander Cage
UK certificate 15
107 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Thriller

Directed by : D.J. Caruso

Starring : Vin Diesel/Donnie Yen/Deepika Padukone

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Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box.

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Another sequel and not particularly good...
The storyline was poor as was the script and mindless visual effects completes the picture.
On for diesel vans only

5.5/10



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Jack Reacher 2 : Never Go Back
UK certificate 12
118 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Edward Zwick

Starring : Tom Cruise/Cobie Smulders/Aldis Hodge

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Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide.

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Competent enough performances as one might expect, but let down by ohh so short action sequences,
That said I was entertained which is a plus.
Tom Cruise fans will like this.

6.5/10







Abduct
UK certificate 15
105 mins

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Genre : Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Ilyas Kaduji

Starring : Sienna Guillory/William B. Davis/Mhairi Calvey

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A Texan paranormal radio host attempts to protect a young orphan woman from an onslaught of deadly alien and psychic phenomena, only to discover the world of the paranormal might be far more sinister and cohesive.

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Sounds exciting but does not deliver the thrills expected.
Much in the way of dialogue but little in the way of visuals effects.
The performances were variable to...
One for conspiracy theorists..

5.5/10








Virtual Revolution aka 2047 Virtual Reality
UK certificate 15
92 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Guy-Roger Duvert

Starring : Mike Dopud/Jane Badler/Emilien De Falco

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Paris 2047. Most of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don't care anymore about reality. A shadow agent, Nash, working for one of the multinational companies behind these virtual worlds, is tracking down terrorists who threaten the system...

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Reminiscent of "Blade Runner" but nowhere as good...
Average action, storyline and performances.
Visual effects were good however
One for Sci-Fi addicts who have trouble sleeping.

6/10



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John Wick : Chapter 2
UK certificate 15
117 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Chad Stahelski

Starring : Keanu Reeves/Riccardo Scamarcio/Ian McShane

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John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

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Non-stop action with the usual laid back performance by Reeves.
Bloodier than the first outing with some excellent visual effects.
Recommended

7.5/10







The Great Wall
UK certificate 12
100 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Thriller

Directed by : Yimou Zhang

Starring : Matt Damon/Tian Jing/Willem Dafoe

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European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

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A neat storyline compliments good action sequences and performances.
Cinematography was excellent as were the special effects.
Worth a watch.

6.5/10








Vengeance: A Love Story
UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Johnny Martin

Starring : Nicolas Cage/Anna Hutchison/Don Johnson

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Walking home with her 12-year-old daughter after midnight on the Fourth of July, Teena crosses paths with some local losers to be brutally gang raped with her daughter Bethie watching. Bethie is able to identify the rapists, but when the rapists hire a hot shot attorney who attacks Teena's character, Dromoor, a local police officer who was first on the scene when police were called, starts to take matters into his own hands.

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Not a bad movie but lacked punch...However Cage puts in a good performance for once...
Sometimes brutal with average special effects and script.
One for Cage fans me thinks..

5/10



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