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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★

    The Ben-Hur of superhero movies. You can't polish a turd, but you can forget that turd ever existed and make something entirely new, which is exactly what Zack Snyder was able to do here thanks to years of passionate campaigning from a partly toxic, partly sincere fanbase and whatever your thoughts on the film, that it exists at all is an unexpected miracle, a triumphant middle finger to studio interference and perhaps further proof that digital platforms might well be…

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

    'You have our permission to bugger off!'

    Connery and Caine directed by John Huston in an adventure movie originally intended for Bogart and Gable—God's holy trousers, if that doesn't immediately make you want to watch this I don't know what will.

    The Man Who Would Be King is an old fashioned film adaptation of an old fashioned novel but it's anything but dated, Huston wisely decides to play it as a rollicking tongue in cheek escapist comedy up until the…

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  • Straight Shooting

    Straight Shooting

    ★★★½

    Aged just 23, armed with a camera, an ageing western star and his brother's word that he could direct, 'Jack' Ford made his first feature by conning Universal Pictures, who were only expecting a short two-reeler, into giving him more film reels, and the rest is history.

    It's immediately obvious from the opening establishing shots of cowboys overlooking a vast field of cattle that Ford had a natural talent for composition and landscapes, drawing inspiration from western painters like Remington…

  • 3 Godfathers

    3 Godfathers

    ★★★½

    'Quit talkin' Mex in front of the infant!'

    Ford clearly had some personal interest in the story of 3 Godfathers because he'd already made the film in 1919 as Marked Men (sadly now lost), or perhaps he just felt that such a good story demanded to be given the full Technicolor treatment with his new acting muse John Wayne, despite this now being the fifth film adaptation of the western biblical allegory written by Peter B. Kyne.

    Opening with a…

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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.…