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Blade Runner 2049
UK certificate 15
157 mins

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Genre : Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Denis Villeneuve

Starring : Harrison Ford/Ryan Gosling/Ana de Armas

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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A slow paced outing that will appeal to Sci-Fi fans who like dramas...personally I thought the film to long.
The special & visual effects were top draw and complimented by excellent performances.
But I felt that the storyline was average giving rise to some plot holes.
Nevertheless worth a watch....

7.5/10







Alien Reign of Man
UK certificate 15
84 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Justin Price

Starring : Khu/Torrei Hart/Deanna Grace Congo

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Stranded on a distant planet, a team must fight aliens and activate a machine meant to restore Earth to a time before its downfall.

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This film could have been better but consisted of disjointed storyline and bad dialogue,
complimented, if that's the word, by poor acting..
The best feature was the visual effects but that was about all...

3.5/10







Flatliners (2017)
UK certificate 15
110 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Niels Arden Oplev

Starring : Ellen Page/Diego Luna/Nina Dobrev

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Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

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A remake of the 1990 film of the same name and not a particularly good one.
Unremarkable story and performances..... an average all rounder.

5/10



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Mother!
UK certificate 18
116 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror/Mystery

Directed by : Darren Aronofsky

Starring : Jennifer Lawrence/Javier Bardem/Ed Harris

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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A rather convoluted storyline and plot which in many ways is Aronofsky's trade mark.
Well enough performed with some good visual effects especially in the escalating violence.
If you liked Aronofsky's other films. such as "Pi" and "The Fountain", you will also like this.

6.5/10







The Ritual
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Horror

Directed by : David Bruckner

Starring : Rafe Spall/Arsher Ali/Robert James-Collier

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A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

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Nicely performed with engaging characters and storyline.
The special and visual effects were ok to....
The only down side is have we not trod this path before.
One for Horror fans.

6.5/10







Wind River
UK certificate 15
111 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Taylor Sheridan

Starring : Kelsey Asbille/Jeremy Renner/Julia Jones

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A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

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I enjoyed this film for its gripping storyline and top draw performances..
The cinematography was excellent putting you right in there with the wintery scenes.
If you like a mystery drama with guts then watch this film.

7.5/10



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Brimstone

UK certificate 18
143 mins

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Genre : Thriller/Western

Directed by : Martin Koolhoven

Starring : Dakota Fanning/Paul Anderson/Kit Harington

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In the menacing inferno of the old American West, Liz is a genuine survivor who is hunted by a vengeful preacher for a crime she didn’t commit.

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A brutal storyline told in four chapters is often violent and certainly bloody.
The performances are good and in keeping with the period....
Full marks for the cinematography and musical score.

Recommended

7.5/10






Geostorm
UK certificate 12
108 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Dean Devlin

Starring : Gerard Butler/Jim Sturgess/Abbie Cornish

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After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

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This film got mixed reviews but I enjoyed it for what it is...A Sci-Fi romp.
The performances were fine as were the special and visual effects.
The only down side was that some of the science was a bit iffy.
Still it is meant to entertain not educate..

Worth a watch

6.5/10







Wunderland aka Battle of the Bulge
UK certificate 15
81 mins

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Genre : War

Directed by : Steven Luke

Starring : Tom Berenger/Wade Everett/Steven Luke

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Christmas 1944, The Germans make one final push against the attacking allied armies in the West. Lt. Robert Cappa and his platoon of 2nd Infantry Division soldiers have been ordered to hold a vital road junction against the German aggressors. Cappa and his men must find their faith and strength to stand against their enemy in the epic fight known as "The Battle of The Bulge."

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Dear me what a stinker....This film was done to a small budget and it shows..
The script was poor as was the storyline along with some silly visual effects.
If you wont to watch a decent film of the battle then watch the 1965
version starring Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw (DVD available).

2.5/10



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Jigsaw
UK certificate 18
88 mins

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Genre : Crime/Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Michael & Peter Spierig

Starring : Matt Passmore/Tobin Bell/Callum Keith Rennie/Hannah Emily Anderson

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Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for over 10 years.

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Yet another in the Saw franchise and a tad average at that.
Sure enough the gore is up there and the visual effects were good,
but the storyline was predictable....
One for horror fans only.

6/10







Renegades
UK certificate 12
115 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller/War

Directed by : Steven Quale

Starring : J.K. Simmons/Sullivan Stapleton/Charlie Bewley

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A team of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.

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This film got mixed reviews but I found it ok if you ignore the boring parts...
I think the action was dumb-ed down to meet the certificate rating...
Still not all bad.

5.5/10







Thor : Ragnarok

UK certificate 12
125 mins

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

Directed by : Taika Waititi

Starring : Chris Hemsworth/Tom Hiddleston/Cate Blanchett

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Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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Another fun ride in the Thor franchise with outstanding special and
visual effects complimenting a good storyline.
If you like Marvel films then you should like this..

Recommended

7.5/10



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Future Justice aka Escape from Earth
UK certificate 15
80 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Richard Griffin

Starring : Nathaniel Sylva/Aaron Andrade/Steven O'Broin

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In the future Saturn's moon of Titan houses a prison where Earth's worst criminals are kept awaiting their return to Earth for trial and execution. One of those criminals, Python Diamond, is being flown back to Earth, escorted by five members of the military police. Upon their return to Earth, they find that a cataclysmic nuclear war has reduced the world to a near-lifeless husk. Searching for survivors and any clue as to the cause of the destruction leads the six to a warehouse bunker housing scientists who constitute Earth's last remaining hope for the future. But a gang who are looking for resources has detected the spacecraft when it landed.

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Not a bad effort for the low budget but could have been a whole lot better.
The performances were ok to a point, some were barely average
As for the special and visual effects these were well done considering the budget.
One for Sc-Fi nuts only me thinks

5/10







Jupiter's Moon
UK certificate 15
122 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Kornél Mundruczó

Starring : Merab Ninidze/Zsombor Jéger/György Cserhalmi

Special note : Hungarian language film with some English and sub-titles.

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A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money. Inspired by Aryan's amazing powers, Stern takes a leap of faith in a world where miracles are trafficked for small change...

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I am not sure why they chose the title "Jupiter's Moon" perhaps for the word Europa
Anyway, this film has an engrossing storyline and is well acted throughout.
The visual effects are good particularly the levitation scenes...
I felt that the ending was somewhat underwhelming..

6.5/10







Murder On The Orient Express
UK certificate 12
109 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Mystery

Directed by : Kenneth Branagh

Starring : Kenneth Branagh/Penélope Cruz/Willem Dafoe

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Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.

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This is of course a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet classic featuring Albert Finney in the starring role.
This Film's storyline is good and follows the original work pretty well. The acting is top draw, and is complimented by excellent cinematography.
To be sure the film got mixed reviews but I enjoyed it as good entertainment.
I guess Drama fans will like this to.

7/10



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Only the Brave
UK certificate 12
129 mins

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Genre : Biography/Drama

Directed by : Joseph Kosinski

Starring : Josh Brolin/Miles Teller/Jeff Bridges

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Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

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An emotion character lead ride complimented by a good storyline and cinematography.
Performances were top draw and set the scene well enough.
Those that like solid drama will surely like this....

7.5/10






The Snowman
UK certificate 15
114 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Tomas Alfredson

Starring : Michael Fassbender/Rebecca Ferguson/Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.

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Loosely based on a a book "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo is well enough acted but the character development is lacking as well as the storyline.
That said I enjoyed the film for what it was a good mystery....
The photography was excellent portraying the Norwegian wintry landscape and setting the scene.
I must mention the special effects which were top draw.

6.5/10






Wish Upon

UK certificate 15

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Genre : Fantasy/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : John R. Leonetti

Starring : Joey King/Ryan Phillippe/Ki Hong Lee

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A teenage girl discovers a box with magical powers, but those powers comes with a deadly price.

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A rather timid horror outing liken to "Final Destination" without the punch, blood and gore.
I think young folk might like this film....

5/10



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Megan Leavey aka Rex
UK certificate 12
112 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Biography/Drama/War

Directed by : Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Starring : Kate Mara/Ramon Rodriguez/Tom Felton

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Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

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A heartfelt often poignant storyline with neat action scenes and enjoyable exploration of emotional bond between a human and dog
As it is I wondered about the dog part and how it was portrayed..but I need not have worried, it was top notch.
The characterization was good to..
Recommended

7.5/10






Walking with the Enemy
UK certificate 15
108 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/History/Romance/War

Directed by : Mark Schmidt

Starring : Jonas Armstrong/Ben Kingsley/Hannah Tointon

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Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his country to the Nazis, who quickly move Hungarians to ghettos and death camps, with no hope in sight. But the despair changes when a young man named Elek emerges. Separated from his family during the relocations and aided by the woman he loves , Elek defies the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time, disguised as a Nazi Officer he embarks on a mission to save his family and thousands of his countrymen.

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A fast paced, in the face storyline of this period in Hungary at war's end.
Performances were excellent and complimented by good characterization.
All in all a solid drama...
Worth a watch especially drama fans.

7/10







Alien Convergence
UK certificate
83 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Rob Pallatina

Starring : Caroline Ivari, Stephen Brown, Ikaika Jonathan

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When flying reptilian creatures wreak havoc all over the world, the survivors’ only hope of stopping them is a new, state-of-the-art fighter jet piloted by the only team that knows how to use the technology.

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Oh dear complete rubbish..Just about poor in every way..
The special effects were dire as was the storyline.
This film has nothing to do with the "Alien"franchise
Avoid

1.5/10



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Justice League

UK certificate 12
115 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Directed by : Zack Snyder

Starring : Ben Affleck/Gal Gadot/Jason Momoa

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Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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This outing in the franchise got mixed reviews...
I enjoyed it for what it was a fun ride of visual effects, even though the storyline was simple.
Yes there are flaws such as average editing, but I was entertained and at the end of the day,
that is what matters.
Worth a watch..

7/10







24 Hours to Live
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Brian Smrz

Starring : Ethan Hawke/Rutger Hauer/Paul Anderson

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An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.

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A decent action movie with good fight choreography.
Performances were excellent too and in keeping with the storyline...
I particularly liked the special effects which were top notch...
Worth a watch

6.5/10







Lost in the Pacific
UK certificate 15
89 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Vincent Zhou

Starring : Brandon Routh/Yuqi Zhang/Russell Wong

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A group of VIP elite passengers become stranded on a remote mysterious island after their luxury airliner makes an emergency landing. As they await and plan their rescue, they soon realize that the island may have an even darker deadlier secret that none of them will survive.

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This is somewhat a poor movie with average storyline and performances.
The visual effects were lack luster and reminded me of anime style films.
Better CGI would have helped but as it is one for late night viewing.

4/10



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Alien Contagion aka Bio Slime

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi

Directed by : John Lechago

Starring : Vinnie Bilancio/Victoria De Mare/Ronnie Lewis

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Seven misfits are trapped by a flesh eating slime creature.

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Not a bad try considering the budget...
The visual effects were good but the acting was somewhat average.
Ohh plenty of nude girls to keep your attention !

5/10






Tango One
UK certificate 15
112 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama

Directed by : Sacha Bennett

Starring : Richie Campbell/Vincent Regan/Sophie Colquhoun

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When three undercover recruits are assigned an impossible mission to take down one of the world's most wanted man, notorious drug dealer, Den Donovan (Vincent Regan), they have no idea who they are dealing with. As the undercover recruits inch closer to their target, they are each drawn in by the charismatic criminal leader - too close, perhaps, to remember the rules.

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I enjoyed this film, flaws and all.
Regan puts in a good performance as do the supporting cast...
There were some scenes which left you wondering "what was that all about"
Still a neat crime drama.

6/10







Wings of Eagles aka On Wings of Eagles
UK certificate 12
96 mins

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Genre : Drama/History/Sport

Directed by : Stephen Shin/Michael Parker

Starring : Joseph Fiennes/Bruce Locke/Jesse Kove

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Eric Liddell - China's first gold medalist and one of Scotland's greatest athletes - returns to war-torn China.

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An ok story of Eric Liddell with good performances all round.
The only minor gripe was that the Japanese interment camp looked neat and tidy.
Still it is a matter of whether the film entertains and for me it did.
One for Drama sport fans me thinks.

6.5/10



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Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi

UK certificate 12
146 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Rian Johnson

Starring : Daisy Ridley/John Boyega/Mark Hamill

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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

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This outing in the franchise got mixed reviews and I can see why..
The storyline is not up to previous episodes nor are the plots and the film was to long..
On a positive note the performances were good as where the excellent visual effects..
Star Wars fans maybe disappointed but I can say I enjoyed the ride.

Worth a watch

7/10








Hickok
UK certificate 15
85 mins

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Genre : Western

Directed by : Timothy Woodward Jr.

Starring : Luke Hemsworth/Kris Kristofferson/Trace Adkins

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Legendary Lawman and Gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok, is tasked with taming the wildest cow-town in the West, while delivering his own brand of frontier Justice and infamous gunfighter's reputation as the fastest draw in the West is put to the test....

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This is very much an average western in all respects except for the acting which was in general ok.
A pity really as there are few westerns coming out of Hollywood these days.
One for late night viewing me thinks..

5.5/10








The Minds Eye aka Supernatural Forces
UK certificate 18
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Joe Begos

Starring : Graham Skipper/Lauren Ashley Carter/John Speredakos

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Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.

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I enjoyed this film as it reminded me of David Cronenberg's "Scanners".
Much violent bloody action and gore especially towards the end of the film..
The visual and special effects are good considering the low budget
Fans of the genre will like this..

6/10



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Accident Man
UK certificate 15
101 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Jesse V. Johnson

Starring : Scott Adkins/Ray Stevenson/Ashley Greene

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Mike Fallon, the Accident Man, is a stone cold killer. When a loved one is murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to avenge the one person who actually meant something to him.

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A neat action film with good fight choreography complimented by
a good storyline with some comic under tones.
Violent it is so fans of the genre should like it...
Worth a watch

6.5/10








Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse aka Apocalypse Tomorrow
UK Certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi

Directed by : W.D. Hogan

Starring : Joel Gretsch/Aaron Douglas/Reilly Dolman

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A 2,000-year-old astrology board possesses deadly powers that threaten the fate of humanity.

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I keep saying that Visual effects for Sci-Films cannot generally done on a low budget and
so it is here. To top this off the actors looked bored and at best wooden with a storyline which
promised much but did not deliver.
One to forget I think.

3/10







Tall Men
UK certificate 15
128 mins

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Genre : Fantasy/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Jonathan Holbrook

Starring : Dan Crisafulli, Kay Whitney, Richard Garcia

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A challenged man is stalked by tall phantoms in business suits after he purchases a car with a mysterious black credit card.

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A weird ride often difficult to fathom and if that is not all nothing much seems to happen.
The actor who played the mentally challenged character does a good job even though
there is a lack of dialogue..
A bit of a let down

4/10



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