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Projected Film - Mission: Impossible - Fallout Review

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Runtime: 147mins | Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Rating: 4 Stars
Arguably, the Mission: Impossible franchise is the quintessential action series – it contains every stereotype under the sun. Big explosions, dramatic set pieces, and, of course, iconic music which gets stuck in your head any time you do something even remotely daring.
That being said, the first three films were fairly hit and miss. Unusually, however, rather than continuing in a downward cinematic spiral, the Mission: Impossible films have done nothing but drastically improve in quality since, leading to arguably the strongest in the franchise yet - Fallout.
Following the capture of Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the leader of a terrorist organisation called ‘The Syndicate’, two years ago in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, an extremist branch of the remaining Syndicate members have renamed themselves ‘The Apostles’. In this instalment, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is given the seemingly impossible task of stopping The Apo…

Review - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Unfortunately…

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Runtime: 114mins | Director: Ol Parker | Rating: 1.5 Stars
It’s rare that a film comes out that I have zero desire to see. Usually, even if it’s a film that isn’t my cup of tea, I’m willing to go and see it in the hope that it will exceed my expectations.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go again was not one of these films. In fact, it’s the closest I’ve ever come to refusing to see a film point blank. Somehow though, I managed to endure seeing it (after a lot of coercion).
So, was it worth the suffering I hear you ask? No. No, it was not. It was every bit as terrible as I expected it to be.
Now, before I begin slating this movie, I feel it’s important to stress that I can at least understand why people may like this film even if I hated it myself.
Both Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are films that, if you’re of a certain demographic or disposition, will unfailingly fill you with joy. They’re a spectacle, they pump you full of rainbows and optimism and they’re exceedingly camp, which some…

Call Me By Your Name Review - The Greatest Romance of 2017

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Runtime: 132mins | Director: Luca Guadagnino | Year: 2017 | Rating: 5 Stars

Earlier this year during the Oscars, Call Me By Your Name was the only Best Picture nomination I hadn’t managed to see through no other reason than a lack of time. I was desperate to see it, however, and I am pleased to report that I now have!
Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who lives in rural Italy with his bourgeois parents - one of whom is a respected American professor (Michael Stuhlbarg). Each summer, his father routinely invites a graduate to intern with him and aid him in his research - this year, 24-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer) stays with Elio and his family. Despite their differences, as the summer goes by and they spend more time together swimming, eating, reading and cycling the pair soon realise they don’t just have a beautiful friendship together, but are also in love.


Call Me By Your Name is a charming film for …

Hereditary Review - Should You Believe the Hype?

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Runtime: 127mins | Director: Ari Aster | Rating: 3.5 Stars
As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, I’m a huge fan of horror – both classic and modern. Unfortunately, though, the modern horror currently seems to be stuck in a state of decline.
Sure, you get the odd success every now and again – The Babadook, The Descent, Rec, etc. But, overwhelmingly, they have become predictable, reliant on jump scares and unoriginal – a prime example of this being the last horror film I reviewed – The Strangers: Prey at Night, which received my first 1 Star review.
Hereditary, however, (as with most horror films being marketed) was pegged as ‘the scariest film in decades’. Usually, I’m wildly distrustful of these superlative filled claims as they only lead to disappointment. But when critic reviews started being released which generally were positive, this baited my interest – “Perhaps Hereditary will be one of the rare modern successes?” I thought to myself.
So, was it a success, or was it the usual drivel…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

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Runtime: 128mins | Director: J. A. Bayona | Rating: 2.25 Stars
When I saw Jurassic World back in 2015 I wasn’t blown away at all. In fact, I’d almost go as far as to say I disliked it.
Sure, it wasn’t horrible, but there were a lot of things which irked me – a tired, stereotypical plot, cheesy slow-motion raptors saving the day and the main character running around the park in completely inappropriate high heels to name but a few.
So, when I went into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom my expectations were low. And, as expected, the film met them.
In Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, both Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) are reunited when they are recruited on a mission to return to Isla Nublar – the island where Jurassic Park was built. Their mission is to rescue the remaining dinosaurs on the island before an active volcano erupts and wipes them out (again). Soon, however, the couple realise there are greater threats than the volcano at work which they must th…

Harold and Maude Review - The Greatest Rom-Com?

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Runtime: 91mins | Director: Hal Ashby | Year: 1971 | Rating: 5 Stars
Recently, I attended another of Uckfield Picture House’s ‘Cinephile Sunday’ events to see one of my favourite films – Harold and Maude, directed by Hal Ashby.
Harold and Maude follows the life of Harold (Bud Cort), a 20-year-old who is obsessed with death and suicide. Despite his mother’s best efforts to secure him a partner and make him ‘normal’, he simply cannot find love. Whilst on one of his regular days out to attend a stranger’s funeral Harold meets Maude (Ruth Gordon) – an eccentric 80-year-old holocaust survivor who now lives her life to the full. This encounter changes Harold’s life instantly as a taboo romance between them blossoms.
Without a doubt, Harold and Maude is one of the quirkier films you will ever watch, but it is also one of the most uplifting and genuinely moving too. Many people will find it off-putting due to the incredibly large age gap between them, but honestly, you don’t end up viewing the…

Deadpool 2 Review - A Worthy Sequel?

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Runtime: 119mins | Director: David Leitch | Rating: 4 Stars
Without a doubt, now is the greatest time to be a Marvel fan - it seems every other day we are getting served a new film and, for the most part, they are excellent.
Despite early rumours of poor screen-testing, I am pleased to report that Deadpool 2 is no exception to this.
Picking up shortly after the first, ‘The Merc with a Mouth’ is doing what he does best – killing bad guys. However, he later has a change of heart and teams up with the X-Men to try and do some good. When Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-travelling super-soldier from the future shows up to try and kill a mutant child, though, Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) job gets a lot harder. As a result, he forms the X-Force – a motley crew of superheroes including Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose superpower is luck. Yup. Literally, just luck. And, Peter - a regular guy, and my new idol.

So, what’s it like?
Well, Deadpool 2 is pretty much everything you’d expect it to be – lots of fourth…