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Drone
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Jason Bourque

Starring : Sean Bean/Mary McCormack/Patrick Sabongui

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Neil is a private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity - without his wife or son knowing about his secret life - until a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman tracks him down, leading to a harrowing confrontation.

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A slow burning drama well acted, but an average storyline which lets it down.
Not particularly thrilling either.

5.5/10








Pilgrimage
UK certificate 18
92 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama

Directed by : Brendan Muldowney

Starring : Richard Armitage/Tom Holland/Jon Bernthal

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In 13th century Ireland a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

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Strong and compelling medieval adventure-drama often brutal and bloody....
Bleak and uncompromising the only down side was the ending..

Worth a watch

6.5/10








The Assignment aka Tomboy
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Walter Hill

Starring : Michelle Rodriguez/Sigourney Weaver/Caitlin Gerard

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Ace assassin Frank Kitchen is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman, now a hitwoman, sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie who also has secrets.

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I think one needs to suspend reality while watching this film...
The storyline is somewhat improbable and a tad average..
However the performances were fine as were the special effects...

One for Rodriguez fans....

5/10



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Kong: Skull Island
UK certificate 12
113 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring : Tom Hiddleston/Samuel L. Jackson/Brie Larson

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A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

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An indifferent storyline made for an average film..only lifted by some good visual effects.
It was entertaining in its way but don't expect award winning performances.

6.5/10








Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child aka Origin Wars

UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Shane Abbess

Starring : Kellan Lutz/Daniel MacPherson/Isabel Lucas

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Set in a time of interplanetary colonization, Sy Lombrok, a former nurse who is now a drifter with a haunted past, forms an unlikely alliance with Kane Sommerville, a lieutenant who works for off-world military contractor Exor. In a race against time they set out to rescue Kane's young daughter Indi, amid an impending global crisis precipitated by Exor.

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Not a bad effort consideringf the budget ...Neat performances and good special effects.
The downside was the middle part of the film where the plot and storyline was a tad indifferent.
One for Sci-Fi addicts...

6/10








End of a Gun
UK certificate 15
82 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Keoni Waxman

Starring : Steven Seagal/Florin Piersic Jr./Claudiu Bleont

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A mall security guard -- and former federal agent -- crosses paths with a drug kingpin's enforcer after he saves a woman from danger.

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Oh dear...Seagal once more.
An all to familiar storyline compliments a somewhat tired plot..A pity since the fight scenes where good.
Having said that I expect Seagal fans may like this film.

4.5/10



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Life
UK certificate 15
100 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Daniel Espinosa

Starring : Jake Gyllenhaal/Naoko Mori/Rebecca Ferguson

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Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

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This film got a bashing from the critics but for me it was at least entertaining..
The plot and script were only average as were the performances..
However special & visual effects were good ...
One for Sci-fi addicts me thinks.

6.5/10








The Lost City of Z
UK certificate 15
135 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Biography/Drama/History

Directed by : James Gray

Starring : Charlie Hunnam/Robert Pattinson/Sienna Miller

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In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned.

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An entertaining enough film let down by an average script and below average pacing...
However I think it will appeal to drama fans who like a biography style film.

6.5/10







Inferno
UK certificate 15
115 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Ron Howard

Starring : Tom Hanks/Ben Foster/Sidse Babett Knudsen

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After waking up in a hospital with amnesia, professor Robert Langdon and a doctor must race against time to foil a deadly global plot.

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An adaption from the book which was entertaining enough but nothing special..
Hardly a mystery and the ending was different from the book...
Still if you have not read Dan Brown's novels then you will be none the wiser..

6/10



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Ghost in the Shell
UK certificate 12
107 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Rupert Sanders

Starring : Scarlett Johansson/Takeshi Kitano/Michael Pitt

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In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals..

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A neat adaption from the Japanese anime film with good all round visual effects..
Performances were good to as was the storyline..
Scarlett Johansson fans will surely like this film.

7/10








Free Fire

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Comedy/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Ben Wheatley

Starring : Enzo Cilenti/Sam Riley/Michael Smiley/Brie Larson

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Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

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I think you will need patience with this film as almost the entire length was a shoot out.
Performances were fine as were the more intense action scenes...
However some may find the storline what there was of it boring.
Not for everyone.

6.5/10







USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage
UK certificate 15
125 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/History/Thriller/War

Directed by : Mario Van Peebles

Starring : Nicolas Cage/Tom Sizemore/Thomas Jane

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The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

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A pity that this film did not show more of the scenes in the court room and less of men in dinghies adrift at sea.
The CGI was average and could have been better...
However not a bad effort with some good performnces..

5.5/10



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Exodus to Shanghai aka Escape from the Third Reich

UK certificate 15
80 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Comedy/Drama/Romance

Directed by : Anthony Hickox

Starring : Markus von Lingen/Yaara Benbenishty/Alexandre Nguyen

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Dr. Ho the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938 issued Exit Visas to many Jews against the instruction of his superiors. Together with Fannia and Bruce they must leave Vienna as the Gestapo is chasing them to get the Jews and Hitler's painting. They learn to fight against the Nazis.......

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A Tarantino-style film with bucket loads of politically incorrect language...
Well performed with a good storyline and much "black comedy".
Not for everyone then but worth a watch....

6.5/10








Killing Salazar aka Cartels
UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action

Directed by : Keoni Waxman

Starring : Steven Seagal/Luke Goss/Darren E. Scott

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An elite team of DEA agents are assigned to protect a dangerous drug lord and take refuge in a luxury hotel while they await extraction. They soon find themselves at the center of an ambush as the drug lord's former associates launch an explosive assault on the hotel.

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Oh dear another Seagal film which follows a familar pattern.
The action scenes are not bad as is the special & visual effects..
One for Seagal fans I think.

4.5/10







Vikings Season 4
UK certificate 18
452 mins (6 Discs)

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/History

Directed by : Ciaran Donnelly

Starring : Travis Fimmel/Katheryn Winnick/Gustaf Skarsgård

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More of the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

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This series is excellent and season 4 does not disappoint.
Top draw performances complemented by superb direction and cinematography.
The action scenes are well choreographed with good special and visual effects.
Highly recommended

8.5/10



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Final Recall aka The Recall

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Mauro Borreli

Starring : Wesley Snipes/RJ Mitte/Laura Bilgeri

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When Five Friends Vacation at a Remote Lake House, they expect nothing less then a Good Time, unaware that Planet Earth is under attack by an Alien Invasion and a Mass Abduction...

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Passable low budget film with average special and visual effects.
Performances were good and Snipes with his laid back approach to his character compliments a reasonable storyline.
One for Sci_fi addicts me thinks..

5.5/10







Raw aka Grave
UK certificate 18
94 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror

Directed by : Julia Ducournau

Starring : Garance Marillier/Ella Rumpf/Rabah Nait Oufella

Special Note : French language film with English sub-titles

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In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

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Slow burning intense storyline with some moments of horror.
Not the best Frence film I have seen but not bad.
The special and visual effects were good and complimented good cinematography..
However only a few gory scenes which might disappoint Horror fans.


6.5/10








Thirst
UK certificate 15
83 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Greg Kiefer

Starring : John Redlinger/Jes Macallan/Karl Makinen

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A group of wayward teens at a wilderness boot camp must fight for their lives against the attacks of a ruthless blood-sucking alien. The attacks begin after they discover a strange "orb" in the middle of the desert. With no communication, and nowhere to hide, they realize their only chance for survival is to fight.

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An average low budget film with some good moments in an all to familiar storyline.
Visual effects were good and I guess the director wanted to revisit 1980's style fun Sc-Fi for the plots.
I don't think he pulled it off...

4.5/10



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Unlocked
UK certificate 15
94 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Michael Apted

Starring : Noomi Rapace/Orlando Bloom/Michael Douglas

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After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Her mentor unexpectedly calls her back into action when the CIA discovers that another attack is imminent. Alice soon learns that the classified information she's uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, she turns to a former soldier to help her prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

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An excellent action thriller with top draw performances complimented by a neat storyline.
The special and visual effects are good to.
Well worth a watch...

7/10







Guardians aka Zashchitniki
UK certificate 12
86 mins

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Genre : Action/Fantasy/Sci-fi

Directed by : Sarik Andreasyan

Starring : Sebastien Sisak/Anton Pampushnyy/Sanzhar Madiyev

Special Note : Russian language film with English sub-titles. English dubbed is also available.

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During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.

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The acting and pace were average but the CGI was good considering the budget.
Those who like comic book heroes may like this...
The English dubbing was fine and did not detract from the performances.

5/10







The Belko Experiment

UK certificate 18
84 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Greg McLean

Starring : John Gallagher Jr./Tony Goldwyn/Adria Arjona

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In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

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If you like bloody violence in abundance and bucket loads of gore this film is for you.
The performances were average and in places laughable...
One for horror addicts..

5.5/10



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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
UK certificate 12
137 mins

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Genre :Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : James Gunn

Starring : Chris Pratt/Zoe Saldana/Dave Bautista

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After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. The Guardians find that they are also up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy.

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In my oppinion not as good as the first outing...an average storyline and plot.
That said it was good fun and entertaining which I guess is all that is necessary.
The special effects were excellent as one might expect, but the film overall could have been better.

7/10







The Promise
UK certificate 12
127 mins

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Genre : Drama/History/Romance

Directed by : Terry George

Starring : Oscar Isaac/Charlotte Le Bon/Christian Bale

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Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the genocide against the Armenian people., The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

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Drama fans will like this film...often an intense storyline well acted.
The cinematography was excellent as were the special effects...
Please note that there are scenes which show the brutality of war.
So not for everyone but worth a watch if your interested in that period in history and a good drama.

6.5/10








Time Traveller aka The Lovers
UK certificate 15
104 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Romance/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Roland Joffe

Starring : Josh Hartnett/Bipasha Basu/Tamsin Egerton

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Great Barrier Reef, 2020. After a dangerous dive to save his wife Laura trapped while exploring an colonial British merchant ship wreckage, Jay Fennel, a rugged and attractive marine archeologist lies brain dead in a Boston hospital. Fennel's dream-like coma takes us back in time to Pune, India in 1778. The British East India Company is invading the palaces and a young captain named James Stewart, who bears a striking resemblance to Fennel, is about to embark on a dangerous mission. Along the way he encounters murder, deceit, betrayal and revenge. He falls deeply in love with an Indian She-warrior named Tulaja, an impossible love which he must fight for. Only the power of a ring can transcend time and save a life.

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Well I was looking forward to this film but was disappointed in that it is hardly Sci-Fi.
The story follows events in two time lines which are some how linked.
The performances are fine as is the cinematography..but the storyline was a tad average.


5/10



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The Accountant
UK certificate 15
123 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Gavin O'Connor

Starring : Ben Affleck/Anna Kendrick/J.K. Simmons

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Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

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A well performed movie complemented by a good storyline and plot.
The special effects were excellent to.
Recommended

7.5/10







Escape Room
UK certificate 15
84 mins

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Genre : Horror

Directed by : Peter Dukes

Starring : Skeet Ulrich/Sean Young/Christine Donlon

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Four friends who partake in a popular Los Angeles escape room, owned by Brice (Ulrich), and find themselves stuck with a demonically possessed killer. Sean Young plays the keeper of a box containing an evil demon. The friends have less than an hour to solve the puzzles needed to escape the room alive

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An average horror with some standout moments.
The special effects were good for the budget....
One for Horror addicts

5/10







Sleepless
UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Baran bo Odar

Starring : Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan/Scoot McNairy

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Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.

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A good remake of the original French movie with good performances and direction.
The visual effects were good too and added much to the storyline line.
Worth a watch

6/10



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Alien : Covenant
UK certificate 15
117 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Ridley Scott

Starring : Michael Fassbender/Katherine Waterston/Billy Crudup

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Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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The film follows a familiar pattern with excellent special & visual effects.
The storyline is ok but could have been a whole lot better..
However performances were fine and complimented good cinematography.
Not as good as previous outings then, but I guess Alien fans should like this film.

6.5/10







Larceny aka Maximum Security
UK certificate 15
85 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : R. Ellis Frazier

Starring : Dolph Lundgren/Louis Mandylor/Corbin Bernsen

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The CIA enlists a professional thief to break into the safe at Mexico's top secret Guantanamo Bay-style prison facility and retrieve sensitive information being stored there. All hell breaks loose when the local Cartel Boss, who's millions in confiscated cash is also being stored in the safe, sends waves of thugs and professionals to siege the facility and steal back the money before the Mexican Army arrives with backup.

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I think Lundgren should hang up his gun..This was a poor effort by any standards.
Bad performances luck luster fight choreography compliments average special effects.
I dont think Lundgren fans will like this.

3.5/10







The Last Face
UK certificate 15
125 mins

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Genre : Drama

Directed by : Sean Penn

Starring : Charlize Theron/Adèle Exarchopoulos/Javier Bardem

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A love story set against the backdrop of war-torn Africa. Miguel, a heroic Spanish doctor, puts himself in harm's way to deliver medical treatment to the victims of military uprisings. Wren is the spokesperson for an organization that funds medical assistance for impoverished nations the world over. They meet in Liberia, where Wren is immediately impressed with Miguel's selflessness, medical skill, and strapping physique. He works hard and has charm and charisma that cut through any language barrier. Wren is drawn to him, and they begin a torrid affair.

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A thought provoking storyline with solid performanes from the leads..
The special effects shoe in some detail the effects of war..
Emotional and sentimental yes but then it is a drama.

6/10



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Baywatch
UK certificate 15
111 mins

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Genre : Action/Comedy/Crime

Directed by : Seth Gordon

Starring : Dwayne Johnson/Zac Efron/ Alexandra Daddario

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Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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I tried to like this film but the humor was childish and rather crude,
That said there were some good one liners..
So if you like brash and flashy film with well tanned bodies strutting there stuff then I guess you will like this.

6/10








First Kill
UK certificate 15
97 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Steven C. Miller

Starring : Bruce Willis/Hayden Christensen/Ty Shelton

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In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder and recover the stolen money in exchange for his son's life.

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Not a bad effort but still a tad average mainly due to many plot holes.
Bruce Willis was his usual laconic self bu failed to lift and otherwise mediocre storyline.

5.5/10








King Arthur : Legend of the Sword

UK certificate 15
121 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Fantasy

Directed by : Guy Ritchie

Starring : Charlie Hunnam/Jude Law/Astrid Berges-Frisbey

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When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern, Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy... whether he likes it or not.

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Guy Ritchie puts a different slant on the Arthurian legend and in my opinion enjoyable and entertaining.
Much action complimented by good special effects and cinematography.
If you liked Ritchie's Sherlock Holm's films then I think you will like this.
Just to add that the musical score was excellent.

Recommended

7/10



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Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales aka Salazar's Revenge
UK certificate 12
124 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy

Directed by :Espen Sandberg/Joachim Rønning

Starring : Johnny Depp/Javier Bardem/Geoffrey Rush

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Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old rival, Captain Salazar, who along with his crew of ghost pirates has escaped from the Devil's Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.

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I have mixed feelings about this outing in the Pirates franchise...
Yes the Special and visual effects were top draw but the script for Captain Sparrow was poor.
Non the less not a bad effort with some funny momenets and much mayhem.

Worth a watch

7/10








The Exception
UK certificate 15
107 mins

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Genre : Drama

Directed by : David Leveaux

Starring : Christopher Plummer/Jai Courtney/Lily James

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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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A solid drama with good performances complimented by an excellent storyline.
Not for everyone but those that like drama at its best will surely like this.
Some casting was not the best I have seen, but that is just a nit pick.

6.5/10








Ouija 3 : The Charlie Charlie Challenge
UK certificate 15
82 mins

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Genre : Horror

Directed by : Derek Presley

Starring : Tom Zembrod/Gwendolynn Murphy/Abby Joy

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An Eccentric haunted house owner invites a group of hapless teens to play the terrifying game known as Charlie Charlie, overnight in the many attractions his house has to offer. While the game is meant to be a mere spectacle of spooky fun, it soon turns into a true nightmare leaving the teenagers, and the owner, battling for their lives.

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ugh! not a good horror by any stretch of the imagination....
Just plain awful
Avoid

2.5/10



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Wonder Woman
UK certificate 12
135 mins

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

Directed by : Patty Jenkins

Starring : Gal Gadot/Chris Pine/Connie Nielsen

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Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.

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A Special and visual effects spectacular..complimented by some excellent action scenes.
A bit slow to start with and the script was well a tad average..bur that said I was entertained.

Worth a watch

7/10








Cardboard Gangsters

UK certificate 18
89 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama

Directed by : Mark O'Connor

Starring : John Connors/Fionn Walton/Kierston Wareing

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Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, Dublin, led by Jay Connolly who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.

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Gritty often brutal look at the drugs underworld in Dublin, Ireland.
Performances were good but ohh the broad Irish accent was difficult to understand at times.

6.5/10








Open Water 3 : Cage Dive
UK certificate 15
77 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Gerald Rascionato

Starring : Joel Hogan/Josh Potthoff/Megan Peta Hill

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Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show, take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death.

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How I hate found footage films...jerky camera work with much poor cinematography.
Dire script compliments...and the performances..well enough said.
Avoid

2.5/10



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Fast and Furious 8 : The Fate of the Furious

UK certificate 12
130 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : F. Gary Gray

Starring : Vin Diesel/Michelle Rodriguez/Kurt Russell

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When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

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A predictable at times fun ride in the Fast franchise.
Not as good as previous efforts but some neat action scenes lifts an otherwise average storyline.
Fast fans may like this film so worth a watch.

7/10








Armed Response
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : John Stockwell

Starring : Wesley Snipes/Anne Heche/Dave Annable

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A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.

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Oh dear another Snipes failure.A low budget film and it shows it.
The performances were good but the storyline sucked.
However not a total right off, but with proper execution, could have been so much better.
Ohh there are stand out horror moments...

4/10







The Vault
UK certificate 15
91 mins

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Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Dan Bush

Starring : James Franco/Taryn Manning/Francesca Eastwood

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Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

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Not a bad effort for the budget ...and some good performances complimenmted.
I thought the pacing was a tad slow and the storyline average..
There was blood and gore later in the film so horror fans may like that.

5.5/10



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The Mummy
UK certificate 15
106 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Thriller

Directed by : Alex Kurtzman

Starring : Tom Cruise/Russell Crowe/Annabelle Wallis

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Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

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Well another remake of soughts...not entirely though, more a stab at a new dark universe.
Cruise puts in his usual good performance but I felt he was miscast for this movie.
On the plus side some good special and visual effects.

6.5/10








Churchill
UK certificate PG
94 mins

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Genre : Biography/Drama/History/War

Directed by : Jonathan Teplitzky

Starring : Brian Cox/Miranda Richardson/John Slattery

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96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

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Well I was looking forward to watching thisd movie portraying Churchill at one of the most important
part of the WW2. Cox puts in a good performance as Churchill in an otherwise historically inaccurate storyline.
That said it did entertain which I guess is the point of good film making.
I would think that fans of solid drama will like this

7/10








Cult of Chucky
UK certificate 18
87 mins

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Genre : Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Don Mancini

Starring : Allison Dawn Doiron/Alex Vincent/Fiona Dourif/Brad Dourif

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Chucky returns after the events of Curse of Chucky to continue terrorizing his wheelchair-prone human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.

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Yet more chucky, in fact multiple chuckys...who hand out strong bloody violence and much gore.
One for Horror fans only me thinks

5.5/10



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