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Ant-Man
UK certificate 12
112 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Peyton Reed

Starring : Paul Rudd/Michael Douglas/Evangeline Lilly

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Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.

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Entertaining ? Yes.....But I found the lead actor's performance a tad average as was the plot.
Another Marvel Studio production, not the best I have seen I must say.
The special effects were top draw however, and the action scenes well choreographed.
Worth a watch

6.5/10






Narcopolis
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Justin Trefgarne

Starring : Elliot Cowan/Elodie Yung/Robert Bathurst

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In the near future, Frank Grieves is a new breed of police officer working in a city where all recreational drugs are legal. When he is taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse, he discovers that legalization has come at a price.

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A tangled plot which leaves you wondering who is who...Characters lacked depth and the storyline was somewhat disjointed...
Pity because the idea was good.

4.5/10






Road to Paloma

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Jason Momoa

Starring : Jason Momoa/Robert Homer Mollohan/Lisa Bonet

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After a brutal injustice occurs on a Native American reservation, a son must find redemption for the actions of his past. Road to Paloma is the beautiful journey of two bikers traveling across America's vast west. While Native American Wolf (Jason Momoa) is being pursued by the FBI for having taken the law into his own hands, when his mother was raped and killed on their reservation he crosses paths with Cash (Robert Mollohan), a down and out musician who is coping with the end of his marriage. An unlikely friendship develops, as they ride together towards the Teton mountain range, where Wolf will spread his mothers ashes.

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I liked this film..a thoughtful in away haunting story well acted particularly by Momoa
The characters had depth even though much relied on the atmosphere of the scenes rather than dialogue.
The cinematography was just right, and complimented by an excellent musical score.
Recommended to those that like a good drama with a difference,

7/10



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Mission Impossible 5 : Rogue Nation
UK certificate 12
132 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Thriller

Directed by : Christopher McQuarrie

Starring : Tom Cruise/Jeremy Renner/Paula Patton

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Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

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The franchise never dulls....the fifth outing keeps up the pace and entertainment...
Cruise is on top form complimented by an engaging storyline and plot....
Visual effects and action are excellent....although some scenes seem familiar.

Those that like previous Missions will like this

Recommended

8/10







The Man from UNCLE

UK certificate 12
112 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Comedy

Direcred by : Guy Ritchie

Starring : Henry Cavill/Armie Hammer/Alicia Vikander

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At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.

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Witty storyline directed in the Ritchie style....A modern uptake of the UNCLE TV series and good it is.
Excellent performances by the leads and some neat action seens maintains the interest.
I must admit I was not expecting a great deal, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Recommended

7.5/10






The Gift
UK certificate 15
105 mins

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Genre : Thriller/Mystery

Directed by : Joel Edgerton

Starring : Jason Bateman/Rebecca Hall/Joel Edgerton

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Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years.

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A well crafted psychological thriller which keeps you interested.....A neat storyline but for me, some how lacked punch.....
Anyway that was a nit pick I think.
Performances were good as was Edgertons's direction so worth a watch.

7/10



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The Fantastic 4
UK certificate 12
99 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Josh Trank

Starring : Miles Teller/Michael B. Jordan/Kate Mara

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Four young outsiders teleport to a dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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A reboot of the 2005 version which was much better.....This film lacked character development and the script was just poor.
On top of that the running time was to short.
The saving grace was the visual effects which were top draw..
Overall a big disappointment.

5.5/10







The Quite Hour
UK certificate 15
92 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Stéphanie Joalland

Starring : Dakota Blue Richards/Karl Davies/Brigitte Millar

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In a remote part of rural, post-apocalyptic England, now occupied by unseen alien invaders, a feisty teenage girl sets out on a desperate attempt to fight back a group of bandits and defend her parents' farm, their remaining livestock, and the solar panels that keep them safe from extraterrestrials. If she doesn't succeed, she will lose her only source of food and shelter; if she resists, she and her helpless blind sibling will be killed.

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A rather slow dull drama with a familiar theme...
Well acted though considering they had a poor script.

5/10






The House at the End of Time : La casa del fin de los tiempos
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Horror/Suspense

Directed by : Alejandro Hidalgo

Starring : Rosmel Bustamante/Adriana Calzadilla/Simona Chirinos

Special Note : This is a Spanish language film with English sub-titles.

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Dulce is a mother of two who suddenly experiences encounters with mysterious apparitions in her old house, a place where a terrible prophecy is about to be unleashed. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to try and decipher the mystery and the tragedy that have tormented her for so long.

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Just right....The first Venezuelan movie I have viewed and it is a good one.

The storyline has plenty of twists and turns with many scary moments which can make you jump.
A horror of the old school and to my mind the best.
Excellent performances from the cast compliments.....
Worth a watch.

7.5/10



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The Last Kingdom : Season 1
UK certificate 18
360 mins (8 episodes on 3 Discs)

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/History

Directed by : Anthony Byrne/Ben Chanan/Peter Hoar/Nick Murphy

Starring : Alexander Dreymon/David Dawson/Adrian Bower

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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

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Superb adaption of the books.....Top draw performances and storyline put you right there in a brutal period of English History.
Stunning cinematography, music and intriguing plot adds much to the atmosphere.

Highly Recommended

10/10







A Most Violent Year
UK certificate 15
120 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : J.C. Chandor

Starring : Oscar Isaac/Elyes Gabel/Jessica Chastain

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A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

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A dark gritty thriller with good performances all round.....but not nearly as violent as the title suggests.
A bit slow but neat storyline.

7/10







Halo: The Fall of Reach
UK certificate 15
67 mins

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Genre : Animation/Action/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Ian Kirby

Starring : Steve Downes/Jen Taylor/Michelle Lukes

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The shaping and creation of Spartan 117, The Master Chief.

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Oh dear ...The animation is of poor quality compared to current standards.
The storyline is average but I guess the voice actors were fine.
Not my cup of tea.

4.5/10



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Hitman : Agent 47
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Aleksander Bach

Starring : Rupert Friend/Hannah Ware/Zachary Quinto

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Agent 47 an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

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Nothing like the game franchise...Just a plain action movie..
Enjoyable enough I guess but that is it.....
If you are an Hitman gamer I would avoid this.

6/10



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The Transporter Refueled
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Camille Delamarre

Starring : Ed Skrein/Ray Stevenson/Loan Chabanol

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In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.

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Oh dear....I think Jason Statham did a much better job as the Transporter..
Sadly this turned out to be a run of the mill actioner.
That said the action scenes were good but the performances were average.

5.5/10






Rise of the Footsoldier : Part 2
UK certificate 18
107 mins

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Genre : Crime

Directed by : Ricci Harnett

Starring : Ricci Harnett/Luke Mably/Coralie Rose

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The life of underworld icon Carlton Leach.

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Better than the first outing but only just...
A Brutal look at the underworld...

5.5/10



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12 Rounds 3 : Lockdown
UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Stephen Reynolds

Starring : Dean Ambrose/Roger R. Cross/Lochlyn Munro

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A police officer who returns to duty after recovering from a gun shot wound discovers incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him. He quickly finds himself trapped inside his own precinct, hunted and in search of the truth, as the crooked cops stop at nothing to recover the evidence.

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The action is OK, nothing particularly spectacular...But the script if there was one is poor.
Performances were fine but overall an average movie...

5.5/10








Age of Tommorow aka Alien Extinction

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : James Kondelik

Starring : Kelly Hu/Anthony Marks/Robert Picardo

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Mankind must fight to survive as Earth is invaded by hostile UFOs bent on destroying the planet. As the epic battle wages on, astronauts sneak aboard the mothership where they discover a portal to the aliens' home world. They manage to alert Earth before they are brutally murdered. Left with no other choice, Earth sends an elite military team of science and combat specialists through the portal where they attempt to stop the invasion from the inside out. But is the battle already lost for humanity?

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Oh dear another turkey...nothing much to redeem this tripe except the visual effects..
Avoid

1.5/10







American Ultra

UK certificate 15
92 mins

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Genre : Action/Comedy

Directed By : Nima Nourizadeh

Starring : Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart/Topher Grace

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Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon.

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Good action at times and weird black comedy makes for a somewhat disjointed movie.
I guess if you are stoned then this might appeal....

6/10



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Atlantis Down
UK certificate 15
88 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed By : Max Bartoli

Starring : Greg Travis/Dean Haglund/Kera O'Bryon

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2025 - The Shuttle Program has been privatized and the shuttle Atlantis relegated to glorified taxi between space stations. Its crew is on a routine mission, conducting experiments - little do they know - they are the experiment.

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Sci-Fi on a budget is seldom a good idea and this is sadly one of them.
Sound is Dolby mono which reminded me of the early black and white movies.
That said the acting was ok as was the storyline...but way to many plot holes.

One for addicts of sci-fi

4.5/10







No Escape
UK certificate 15
99 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : John Erick Dowdle

Starring : Pierce Brosnan/Owen Wilson/Lake Bell

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In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

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A neat tense action thriller, well performed with a decent storyline....
Edge of the seat stuff....
Recommended

7/10







The Runner
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Drama

Directed by : Austin Stark

Starring : Nicolas Cage/Connie Nielsen/Peter Fonda

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In the aftermath of the tragic 2010 BP oil spill, Colin Price (Nicolas Cage), an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman, is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

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Not a bad Political drama but could have been a lot better....
Cage puts in a decent performance but the storyline is stretched out thus slow paced movie and at times disjointed.

5/10



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Everest
UK certificate 12
116 mins

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Genre : Action/Biography/Drama/History/Thriller

Directed by : Baltasar Kormákur

Starring : Jason Clarke/John Brolin/John Hawkes

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Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

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I was some what disappointed with this film...The characters were under developed, the plot was well average, and the film very slow paced in the first half.
That said the storm sequence was good, but not great.....
So not as expected...

6/10






Momentum
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Stephen S. Campanelli

Starring : Olga Kurylenko/Morgan Freeman/James Purefoy

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Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between Alex and a master assassin. Now she must uncover the lies behind the heist and discover the secrets behind the men who have made her a target.

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A well trodden storyline with some good action sequences, but nothing special.
The performnces were OK and I guess if you like a simple action movie this could be for you.

6/10







Solace
UK certificate
15

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Genre : Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Afonso Poyart

Starring : Anthony Hopkins/Abbie Cornish/Colin Farrell

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A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.

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A decent enough storyline but not as atmospheric as Se7en.
I think for me there were to many physic moments and not enough action.
Anyway not bad and I think worth a watch.

6.5/10



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Legend
UK certificate 18
126 mins

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Genre : Biography/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Brian Helgeland

Starring : Tom Hardy/Emily Browning/David Thewlis

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Focusing on the relationship between Reggie Kray and Frances Shea, told from France's' point of view as someone who knew him best, as well as the mental health issues Ronnie Kray faced and their rise to power as the notorious gangsters of London.

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This film did not have much of the menace and brutality associated with the Krays.
To my mind the Kemp brothers 1990 version was much better in this respect.
Legend dwells alot on relationships and Ronnie's health issues that fine if this is what you want to see.
For me it was sdomewhat unbalanced.
That said Tom Hardy as the Krays was excellent.......
How ever I still think the Kemp brothers version is better.

6.5/10







LA Slasher aka Abducted
UK certificare 18
81 mins

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Genre : Comedy/Crime/Fantasy

Directed by : Martin Owen

Starring : Dave Bautista/Mischa Barton/Danny Trejo

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Driven to rage over the tawdry excesses of reality television, a self-appointed cultural crusader kidnaps several very famous nobodies to make his point- but his crimes only generate more tabloid frenzy.

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A disjointed pile of nonsense badly edited to the extent that some scenes are missing.
Not much in the way of violence, some blood spraying which upset the nannies at BBFC.
I am still asking myself was the joke on me.

3/10






The Women in Black 2 : Angel of Death
UK certificate 15
94 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Tom Harper

Starring : Phoebe Fox/Jeremy Irvine/Helen McCrory

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40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

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Well not a bad film with some scares which are helped by the dark atmosphere....
Not as good as the first outing but dose have its moments.

5.5/10



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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
UK certificate 12
125 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Wes Ball

Starring : Dylan O'Brien/Kaya Scodelario/Thomas Sangster

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Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

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Another disappointment....not as good as the first outing and more like a zombie film.
The action sequences were good as were the visual effects...but that alone does not make a film..
The storyline should with performances that keeps you interested. They were somewhat average.
I missed the plot to.

6/10






Macbeth
UK certificate 15
109 mins

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Genre : Drama/War

Directed by : Justin Kurzel

Starring : Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard/Paddy Considine

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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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A savage, brutal interpretation of Shakespeare's play, top draw performances compliment.
The cinematography is stunning adding to the overall atmosphere of the bleak wintry scenes of Scotland.
I should say that the prose is as the original play....old English and some of the phrasing is hard to understand.
Howver if you like solid Drama...you will like this.

Recommended

7.5/10







Sicario
UK certificate 15
118 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Denis Villeneuve

Starring : Emily Blunt/Benicio Del Toro/Josh Brolin

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When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

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Outstanding performances and intense storyline make for an engrossing watch
Brutal and to the point with scenes of what cartel warfare is like in Mexico.
Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt were just suberb.

Recommended

8/10



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The Martian
UK certificate 12
141 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Ridley Scott

Starring : Matt Damon/Jessica Chastain

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

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I have mixed feelings about this movie..for sure the visual effects were superb...
The performance by Damon was ok....I think a bit more depth to his character would have lifted the role.
Some of the disco style music however I thought was inappropriate to the storyline line....A pity
That said I enjoyed the film...

Recommended

8.5/10







The Walk
UK certificate PG
118 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Biography/Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Robert Zemeckis

Starring : Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Ben Kingsley/Charlotte Le Bon

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The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

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A truly awe inspiring tribute to the high wire walker.
Intense, compelling storyline line which is complemented by top draw performances.
I have to say when he started his walk between the twin towers my hands were literally soaking..you see I suffer from vertigo.
Just shows you how intense the scenes were...I watched film in 2D but 3D is available if you dare.

Recommended

9/10







The Lobster
UK certificate 15
114 mins

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Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring : Colin Farrell/Rachel Weisz

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A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

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An art house film...weird indeed, much dark and obtuse comedy.
A storyline which is confusing at least for me.
I just could not connect at all.

5/10



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Crimson Peak
UK certificate 15
114 mins

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Genre : Drama/Fantasy/Horror/Mystery/Romance/Thriller

Directed by : Guillermo del Toro

Starring : Mia Wasikowska/Jessica Chastain/Tom Hiddleston

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Edith Cushing's mother died when she was young but watches over her. Brought up in the Victorian Era she strives to be more than just a woman of marriageable age. She becomes enamored with Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger. After a series of meetings and incidents she marries Thomas and comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, far away from everything she has known. The naive girl soon comes to realize not everything is as it appears as ghosts of the past quite literally come out of the woodwork.

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Typical del Toro film, style over substance.
Darkly romantic with a little gore...the storyline kept me interested and had a certain suspense throughout.
Visually stunning then with a few scares....

6.5/10







The Scopia Effect
UK certificate 15
130 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Christopher Butler

Starring : Joanna Ignaczewska/Louis Labovitch/Akira Koieyama

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Reincarnation goes horribly wrong releasing dark forces across time. Basia accesses parts of her mind that should never be tampered with. Past lives merge with present as her reality becomes distorted, she fights for her very existence.

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An interesting concept and in the main well told.
Many flasbacks but then we are talking past lives.
Visually excellent but in my view to many art house camera angles.
Not all that scary....but interesting.

6.5/10







Victor Young Perez aka Surviving Auschwitz
UK certificate 15
105 mins

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Genre : Drama/History

Directed by : Jacques Ouaniche

Starring : Brahim Asloum/Steve Suissa/Isabella Orsini

Special Note : French/German language film with English sub-titles.

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Victor "Young" Perez , tells the astonishing, harrowing and incredible moving story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. Perez started training as a boxer at age 14 along with his older brother Benjamin "Kid" Perez Perez rose to great fame via the help and guidance of Leon Bellier and had a brief relationship with French-Italian actress Mireille Balin. The 5'1", 110-pound Perez won the International Boxing Union's version of the World Flyweight crown with a 2nd-round knockout of American champion Frankie Genaro, ergo becoming the youngest world champion in boxing history ! Perez was arrested in Paris on September 21, 1943 and detained in the Drancy internment camp France, before being transported to Auschwitz
While there he was forced into slave labour and made to participate in violent boxing matches for the amusement of the Nazi guards.

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A strong storyline well acted....Often poignant, certainly brutal as is boxing but more so at Auschwitz.
If you like a true story and boxing this could be for you.

6.5/10



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THIS WEEK'S FILMS ON DVD REVIEWED




Spectre
UK certificate 12
142 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Sam Mendes

Starring : Daniel Craig/Christoph Waltz/Léa Seydoux

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A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

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This Bond outing got mixed reviews probably because of the lact lustre script....and I guess less sparkle.
I thought the action sequences were as good has we have seen in past Bonds..as were the visual effects.
But overall less so.
That said I enjoyed it for its entertainment value.

Recommended

7/10







Arrowhead
UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Mystery/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Jesse O'Brien

Starring : Dan Mor/Christopher Kirby/Shaun Micallef

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Arrowhead is a tale of survival set amongst the distant stars. Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn't believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission, only to become stranded on a desert moon when his ship - the Arrowhead - crash lands. Kye has to learn to survive when we discovers a new life form that will challenge his very body and soul.

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I had mixed feelings about this movie...I have often said Sci-Fi requires a strong budget...This did not have that and it showed.
The storyline is a mixture of plots in early movies..but not bad.
The CG was good as werer the creature effects I only wish the acting was as well.
One for Sci-Fi addicts...

5.5/10







The Green Inferno
UK certificate 18
97 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Horror/Thriller

Directed by : Eli Roth

Starring : Lorenza Izzo/Ariel Levy/Daryl Sabara

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Student activists from New York City travel to the remote jungles of Peru in order to stage a protest but instead encounter a tribe of cannibals.

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oh oh, those that have seen other Eli Roth films like "Hostel" will know what to expect.
Gore and more Gore......sometimes brutal but less horror than I was expecting.
Not a really good cannibal film then ..lets say a tad average...but it should satisfy gore fans.

5.5/10



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Alienate
UK certificate 15
82 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Michael Shumway

Starring : Blake Webb/Tatum Langton/Jaclyn Hales

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At the end of his marriage, David leaves on a business trip to give his wife much-needed space. When airplanes start mysteriously falling out of the sky and cell towers fail across the nation, he finds himself trapped. The Earth falling to an alien invasion, David fights to return to whatever is left of home.

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Another movie of mixed reviews....I have to admit that it was a bore...slow burning.
The acting was average the storyline a tad worst and the characters a bit silly.
Pity really...So one if you have insomnia.

3/10







Deathgasm
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Comedy/Horror

Directed by : Jason Lei Howden

Starring : Milo Cawthorne/James Blake/Kimberley Crossman

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Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.

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Gore fest for metal heads ....with some metal sick humor.
I sometimes wonder whether they will run out of blood.

So if you are a metal head and like gore in your menu then check this out.

6/10







Soldiers of the Damned
UK certificate 18
99 mins

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Genre : Action/Horror/Thriller/War

Directed by : Mark Nuttall

Starring : Gil Darnell/Miriam Cooke/Lucas Hansen

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It's the Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler's occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.

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Not a bad movie with some good visual effects...That said the acting was a tad variable.
On top of this most had English accents, some German.
That was irritating.
The storyline was ok but a bit disjointed.

5/10



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The Last Witch Hunter
UK certificate 15
102 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Directed by : Breck Eisner

Starring : Vin Diesel/Rose Leslie/Elijah Wood

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The modern world holds many secrets, but by far the most astounding is that witches still live among us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world and putting an end to the human race once and for all. Armies of witch hunters have battled this unnatural enemy for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who many years ago slayed the all-powerful Witch Queen, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen cursed Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter. Today, Kaulder is the last living hunter who has spent his immortal life tracking down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost family.

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Not a bad film...but the plot was severely lacking in the second half.
Diesel gave a good performance of an otherwise average story line.
The visual effects were good and I guess in the end the film was entertaining.

6.5/10








Among the Living : Aux yeux des vivants

UK certificate 18
90 mins

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Genre : Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Julien Maury/Alexandre Bustillo

Starring : Anne Marivin/Théo Fernandez/Francis Renaud

Special Note : This is a French language film with English sub-titles

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Three kids who decide to skip school in order to explore an abandoned amusement park catch site of a woman being dragged through a field by a masked man.

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Not as good as the Directors earlier work "Inside", but as with most French horror movies brutal and gory.
Sadly the storyline is somewhat disjointed and slow to get moving....
Performances were fine however....

5/10







The Condemned 2
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Directed by : Roel Reine

Starring : Randy Orton/Eric Roberts/Wes Studi

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A former bounty hunter who finds himself on the run as part of a revamped Condemned tournament, in which convicts are forced to fight each other to the death as part of a game that's broadcast to the public.

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Another wrestler movie star film....a tad average to say the least..but it does have its moments.
The action sequences were ok...sadly let down by a tired plot.
Entertaining enough I guess ......one for action addicts...

4.5/10



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