Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Jan18

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

  Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)     Right from the opening scenes, there is no messing about from writer-director-producer Martin McDonagh as he plunges us into the thick of his small town American setting. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) has been living with the aftermath of her daughter’s murder for seven months now and wants to know why Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and the local police force are...

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Molly’s Game (2017)
Jan18

Molly’s Game (2017)

‘A Frat House for Degenerates’: Molly’s Game (2017)     The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was responsible for me breaking a promise some years ago.  It was only a promise made to myself, but still. I had vowed that I was never going to turn into one of those guys who binge- watches and gorges out on box-sets. I don’t know; it just seems kind of disrespectful to take a carefully-prepared meal down in one huge gulp.  Then I came across...

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Justice League (2017)
Nov25

Justice League (2017)

“Now…Let Them Come”: Justice League (2017)       Like good ol’ Doc Jekyll quaffing down his nutritious breakfast smoothie and bringing a bad guy out of Hyde-ing, the internet continues to reveal a dark and nasty side to my fellow fantasy film nerds. Seemingly freed from all restraints, they don’t even need to have actually seen a movie anymore before condemning it.  Nah, the trailer is enough for gallons of bile to be spewed...

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Nov25

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The Fracturing of the Soul: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)       Early on in this new version of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, Inspector Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Brannagh) declares with passion that there exists only good and evil, with nothing in between.  It’s hard to see how any human being, let alone one of his brilliance, can have reached the age he is and still maintain such a rigid – and patently...

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Happy Death Day (2017)
Nov02

Happy Death Day (2017)

An Unexpected Pleasure: Happy Death Day (2017)     If Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 were two of my favourite films from 2017, then Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day is definitely the one that turned out to be the most unexpectedly good.  Considering the title and the poster, I walked through the cinema doors anticipating a standard slasher movie, released for the Halloween market; instead I emerged with a big grin and...

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Oct10

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Customized Miracles; Customized Angels: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)     If you haven’t seen the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed Blade Runner then you will still find an enormous amount to enjoy about the 2017 outing; but it is only fair to say that this is a sequel in its truest form.  It is not content to merely rehash the original – one of the great classics of science-fiction cinema – but rather takes the many themes of that film,...

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