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  • Starman
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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

  • Top Gun

    ★★★½

  • The Contractor

    ★★★

  • Halloween Kills

    ★★★

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  • Snow Cake

    Snow Cake

    ★★★★½

    "You don't want to be healed? Set free of your demons?"
    "They keep me company."

    As a big Sigourney Weaver fan, I can't believe it's taken me over a decade to see this!
    The premise involves the late, great Alan Rickman (and Weaver's Galaxy Quest co star), as a man dogged by a dark past. A chance encounter with a young hitchhiker brings him to her mother's (played by Sigourney Weaver) door, and possibly a new direction in life. Marc…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    "I did your job once. I was good at it."

    This was a clear winner as film of 2017 for me in a year that saw a lot of other stuff vying for runner up. This belated sequel was a very rare thing for me for me these days - a film that really did deliver on the hype and marketing. It still only seems like on yesterday that I left the screening utterly blown away, and thinking about it…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    "I don't like that look man."
    "It's the only one I got."

    Full disclosure - I've never been the biggest fan of 80s 'classic' Top Gun. It's far from Tom Cruise's or the late Tony Scott's best film, but is a fun enough diversion, and there's no denying the impact it had on pop culture. A re-watch one day prior to the new sequel did however give me a lot of appreciation what makers try to achieve with the long…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★

    In my dreams I'm beautiful. And bad!"

    It's taken a long time for me to revisit what I had always previously seen as the strong point in the 'Elm Street' franchise. The big question - does it hold up? Well, yes and no. It still very much retains it's standing as the series highpoint, but that's not saying much. Looking back, it has a pretty cheap feel to the proceedings, but then that was the tone of so much of…

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  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    ★★★½

    "I hate to agree with conspiracy Santa..."

    Based on some very lacklustre trailers, tepid promotional artwork, and it's direct to streaming nature, this had me sharpening my critical knives prior to viewing. I'm unexpectedly happy to report that it's more than worth your time if you're a fan of the genre. Although it doesn't get much beyond it's premise of Chris Pratt Vs Aliens, it never takes itself too seriously and has more than a bit of fun with it's…

  • The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

    The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

    ★★★★

    "Is that Darth Vader or Yoda?"

    I never saw this one coming! What an utterly charming little film. I'm far from the biggest fan of the rom-com genre, but the fusing of it with a 'time loop' scenario elevates it above the ususal fare. Yes, Groundhog Day wrote the book on this, and it's referenced more than once in the film, as is 'Edge Of Tomorrow'. But this time around, it's more of a 'knowing' journey with lead Kyle Allen…