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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★

    As his visual metaphor for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb, Ishiro Honda uses a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea as a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. 
    This original film is chilling, despite some rather unconvincing man-in-a-suit special effects, and brimming with explicitly stated anti-American sentiment.

  • Dave

    Dave

    ★★★★

    This movie gets a lot of mileage out of the notion that politics would be better if run with the common sense of an ordinary person. It's a willfully naive, but deeply appealing fantasy here made convincing by Kevin Kline's enjoyable performance and a smart, funny script from Gary Ross.

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five

    ★★★

    This instalment to the Fast and Furious franchise seems to be a little more self-aware of how ridiculous it is, which I can appreciate. It's not superior to any of the others however, but it's no longer just a movie about cars and racing, it's a heist movie. . . with cars and racing. I still don't see how these movies have made so much money.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    This was mind numbingly dull beyond my worst expectations. The whole story is nothing more than large CGI creations running towards one another. The dialogue is atrocious and the way that weapons are set up literally made me throw my head back in the chair and look at the ceiling. The original text is one concerning the horrors of nuclear war and even Gareth Edwards take on it was about humanity being reduced to ants, and had some really great…

  • Major League

    Major League

    ★★★★

    With an all-star lineup that includes Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Bob Uecker, and Wesley Snipes, Major League is a classic sports comedy that steals a lot of laughs. The comedy has a subtle edge to it that doesn't draw too much attention to itself while being entertaining for the full nine innings.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    Natalie Wood is genuinely touching as the tragic Maria and Richard Beymer - criticised at the time as her lover, Tony - now seems the very quintessence of adolescent yearning. Co-director Robert Wise was no stranger to movie musicals: he had been the uncredited sound editor on the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers films The Gay Divorce and Top Hat, and would later fashion The Sound of Music into one of the all-time box-office champs. Steven Spielberg's makeover has much to live up to.

  • Emperor of the North

    Emperor of the North

    ★★★

    It isn't a great movie by any means, but if you are a railroad fan, or are a fan of these actors or the director, this is a great movie to see. I also feel some of the authenticity that saturates this film is due to the fact that a number of the actors, along with the film's director, lived through the Great Depression.

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★★★

    Children will have tonnes of fun revelling in the vivid animation and animal antics of this movie, and Hart's wannabe superhero bunny is a hoot which will win over adults. This is simply brimming with humour and charm.

  • Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    ★★★★½

    This movie is extremely funny, warm-hearted and full of emotion. It’s a reminder for all of us that we shouldn't fall into the trap of mundanity and routine, that life is all about treasuring the little things. It’s the definition of a good time.

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★

    I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Graduate. The whole thing feels like it must have been quite unusual and edgy for the time, and the framing and cinematography really captured the feeling of claustrophobia through the first part of the film. I have to admit that I enjoyed the first half more than the second — there was a wry humour with the character of Mrs. Robinson and her toying with Ben, and a perfect awkwardness…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    Booksmart is loaded with laughs and had me in stitches with just how funny it is, but at its core there's so much care, nuance, and heart at the center of this beautiful teen comedy. It's vulgar and obscene in nature, but you begin to truly develop a closeness to Amy and Molly and by the end of the film you'll probably want sequels and merchandise surrounded around the two - Beanie and Kaitlyn are stars giving two of my favorite performances of the year.

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    Like in Schindler's List, Spielberg goes a little overboard on the sentimentality, but nothing that takes away from the picture's deserving classic status.