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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Film noir, shifting shadows, dark corners and darker secrets. Vietnam, the death of the peace movement. Non-linear, interconnected narratives and Tarantino-esque action. Drew Goddard's ambitious latest project threatens to buckle under the weight of its own audacious ambition, yet it remains thoroughly entertaining across a sprawling runtime that doesn't feel as long as it is.

    I'll have to keep this one short as I'm currently on holiday and it's been over a week since viewing but I wanted to write…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    What an unpleasant mess. If you got a coke fiend, a meth addict and an alcoholic together and asked them to come up with a movie script, The Predator wouldn't be too far from the result.

    Shane Black was the man touted to save this franchise from mediocrity and having just come off from the genuinely brilliant The Nice Guys, most assumed it was in safe hands. A tonal and structural disaster from start to finish, the problems here are…

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    The Final Cut. Cinema City, Norwich.

    Tonight my dream came true. Blade Runner on the big screen. Every time I watch it it's a different experience, there's something new that I didn't notice before, details emerge from the rain and smog that weren't apparent before. Hearing the reverberating sound that begins the film, I was immediately immersed in the tech-noir world of Los Angeles, 2019 and this followed by the opening shots of industrial cityscape sent chills down my spine,…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    I have to start by saying what an absolute travesty it is that international audiences (myself included) around the world have been robbed of the opportunity to see this in cinemas due to lack of studio faith. This is an insult to audience intelligence, a massive frustration for serious film enthusiasts and a worrisome prospect for talented filmmakers. Netflix once again becomes a last minute dumping ground for unwanted goods, but luckily this time it isn't down to poor quality.…