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Venom - Bit naff. It takes forever for Venom to even show up and then the rest of the film, all the better stuff, is squashed up and doesn't make much sense. 4/10

Bohemian Rhapsody - I enjoyed this, story-wise you could substitute any other biopic about a music star from that period and it's pretty much the same, but great music (if you like Queen of course) and a really good ending where they recreate the Live Aid '85 concert performance almost note for note, move for move. 7/10

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Robin Hood (2018) - If you like super slow motion shots of people jumping while firing a bow and arrow then this film is for you! If that's not your bag i'd probably skip this. 4/10

The Girl in the Spiders Web - I read a few bad reviews of this so went in a little apprehensive but ended up quite enjoying it. It's nowhere near as good as the original (Swedish or US remake) but I found it entertaining enough. My biggest gripe with it is that there were no surprises, it was obvious what was going to happen whereas the original was full of twists and turns. This is more of an action film than the tense thriller the others were. 6/10

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.  I watched this twice because the first time it didn't make any sense.  Once you realise it's six short stories without any direct connection to each other it's pretty good.  7/10.

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Calvary - A priest gets threatened with murder in 1 week during confessionals, he spends the week trying to work out what to do about it. I really enjoyed this, it's low key and interesting. The priest knows who it is that has threatened him but the viewer doesn't know and his "flock" are all very characters that you wouldn't really put it past them so it keeps you guessing. 8/10

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald - The second Fantastic Beasts film in the Harry Potter series, i really like the first one and this one was good, it's just it was clearly more setting the scene for the follow up movies (i think there are 5 in all planned). Still some good action and humour, although a bit light on the fantastic beasts... 7/10

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Mortal Engines - It always worry's me when a movie trailer is basically "THIS WAS MADE BY THE LORD OF THE RINGS GUYS!!!", makes me think the film can't stand up for itself. Still it wasn't terrible, entertaining enough for the most part, except for a weird bit where some unstoppable insane robot just decides to switch himself off or something (?) for no plausible reason I could see. It's a bit complicated for a synopsis (perhaps that's why the trailer focused on the makers) but it's a standard mostly forgettable blockbuster. 6/10

Aquaman - They've made this one a standalone movie as opposed to trying to fit it in with the rest of the DC stuff. It works better because of it but it's still mostly rubbish. I guess it was entertaining enough if you have a few hours to spare. Basically Atlantis's king, and Aquaman's half brother, wants to start a war with the above ground people and Aquaman has to stop him by going on a quest, in very much the style of National Treasure and Da Vinci Code, for a mythical trident. There is also an implausibly unstoppable human after revenge because Aquaman didn't save his Dad after they both tried to kill him (?). It was too long as well. 5/10

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Bros: After the screaming stops.  The best way to describe it is a boy band version of Some Kind of Monster.  Matt Goss is pretty much a real life David Brent. 8/10.

Edited by Charlie Cheswick

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Spotlight - Been mentioned a few times in this thread already I think. I liked it a lot. The story of the Boston Globe journalist team that uncovered the child abuse scandal in the catholic church. 8/10

Robot and Frank - Set "in the near future" an old man, and former cat burglar, is losing his mind so his son gets him a robot to help him around the house etc... however Frank starts using the robot to help out with heists again. Quite short but enjoyable. 7/10

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Bohemian Rhapsody.  So so, great if you want cherry picked snippets from a part of a lifetime but no real depth in story.  I'll go with a very mediocre not much of a story told 5/10.

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Not posted on here in a  while. I watched a few things over Christmas.....

Child 44 - Serious crime based drama set in 50s Russia. Long and a bit grim. I'll go 5.5/10

You Were Never Really Here - Slow sombre crime drama thriller type thing from Lynne Ramsey. Not a barrel of laughs. I'll go 6.5/10

Tomcat - A gay couple are living together, everything's fine and gay, then one of them does something odd and there are repercusions. Very slow repercusions in slow Austrian drama. 5/10

Baby Blues - A mother goes nuts after having a baby, her oldest kid tries to get away and save his siblings in fairly intense horror thriller type thing 6/10

That lot was all a bit grim so I thought I'd go with something a bit festive...

Better Watch Out - Darkly comic thriller horror type thing :santa: I'll go with a Christmassy 6/10

Edited by Art Vandelay

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On ‎12‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 11:13 AM, Random Task said:

Mortal Engines - It always worry's me when a movie trailer is basically "THIS WAS MADE BY THE LORD OF THE RINGS GUYS!!!", makes me think the film can't stand up for itself. Still it wasn't terrible, entertaining enough for the most part, except for a weird bit where some unstoppable insane robot just decides to switch himself off or something (?) for no plausible reason I could see. It's a bit complicated for a synopsis (perhaps that's why the trailer focused on the makers) but it's a standard mostly forgettable blockbuster. 6/10

 

give the books ago mate they are really good - I read them with my kids

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Pin Cushion - An odd mother and daughter move to a new town to make a fresh start. It goes fairly badly in British drama, bit of a fairly tale vibe about it. I'll go 6.5/10

Everything Everything - A teenage girl has some illness where she can't go outside. She gets to know the boy next door in cheesy drama. This was annoying and boring and cliched and predictable and generally all a bit naff. Maybe if you're a 12 year old girl with low expectations and you haven't seen a film before you might enjoy it. But I'm not, so I'll go 3/10

Blockers - Comedy where three girls make a pledge to lose their virginity on prom night, their parents find out and try to stop them. Better than it sounds. It's too long but was watchable enough and has got a few decent laughs. I'll go 6/10

 

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