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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

By no means the horrible mess that we were warned about, this is still no great shakes. Dodgy CGI and some poor plotting dominate proceedings. But it is saved somewhat by a great turn by Will Arnett, and some great voice work by the actors voicing the turtles (especially Michalangeo). Is funny at least, and certainly not boring.

The Calling

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Solid enough crime thriller, which is greatly helped by a strong cast. Is not afraid to be slow moving and to take its time to tell a story. But never goes beyond watchable despite all the good efforts.

Life After Beth

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While all the pieces are in place here, a great cast and a good idea, unfortunately this film never goes beyond okay. Difficult to put a finger on exactly what does not work, but a lacklustre script did not help. But as I say it is still worth a watch.

Dracula Untold

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Dull and lifeless updating of the Dracula legend, that just never really clicks at all. The cast are game, but the script is pretty awful, as is some of the accents. Also the last scene is infuriating, as like most modern films like this, it seems to set up a sequel, making this film just a warm up to what is to come, and that is getting increasingly annoying. But I doubt we will ever get it.

Gone Girl

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

A near perfect movie from David Fincher that grips you from the beginning and never lets you go. Every emotion and genre is touched upon, as it gets very dark, but also very funny at times. Can't really go into too much detail without ruining the second half of the film, but the cast are all amazing and you will be left looking back on the movie, wanting to see it again to see all the twists and turns again. Brilliant stuff.

The Equalizer

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Solid enough action flick based on the 80's show. Is painfully slow at times and is a good 30 minutes too long. But Denzel Washington is great, as is Marton Csokas as the baddie. Plus the violence is nasty enough to give an edge over more family friendly fare.

Pitch Perfect

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really funny and enjoyable comedy. The whole cast is great, the music is fun, and it just is so feel good you can't help smiling along the whole way through.

I Origins

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Mike Cahill, the director of the excellent Another Earth, is back with another fantastic slow moving sci-fi film. The film deals with some huge questions regarding the ideas of science and faith, and never becomes preachy either way. The cast are all great. Brit Marling is as usual brilliant, but it is very much a supporting role to the excellent Michael Pitt, whose character we go on this journey with. Not quite perfect though, as there is some bad missteps half way through that feel forced and out of balance with the rest of the film, but it all comes back together very well to a very thought provoking finale.

A Walk Amongst the Tombstones

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Despite the best efforts of a game Liam Neeson, this thriller is neither dark enough or silly enough to entertain. The trailer gives so much away, and there is very little going on to peak the interest for the near two hours running time. But for Neeson alone it is worth the second star.

A Most Wanted Man

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While this spy thriller is a slow burn, it still remains a compelling watch thanks to a great script and an even better cast. The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic in the lead role but he is well supported, particularly by Rachel McAdams. The tension builds up very nicely to a great finale, which is quite surprising and shocking.

Pride

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really good uplifting dramedy that looks at the incredible true story of the Gay and Lesbian Community helping the miners during the eighties. There are lots of great characters, and they all get screen time and a storyline that goes somewhere. Is also very funny. But most importantly it is constantly feel good without getting soppy.

The Guest

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

A really top notch film this. Just really blackly funny throughout and some bonkers action. Dan Stevens is a revelation as David, especially in his delivery of some great one liners.