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Plastic

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While the good cast do their best and there is some fun to be had, this film never goes beyond okay, thanks mainly to an indifferent tone that never quite decides what kind of film it is trying to be. But still worth a watch.

Brick Mansions

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The problem with remakes, is you're damned if you change too much, and damned if you keep it too the same. Wel this remake falls into the later category. Is almost a shot for shot remake to the original even with original star David Belle back. But that being said it is still great fun and it is great to see the late Paul Walker is such a fun movie. He may well had a future as an action star had it not been for his untimely passing, as he is quite the man of action here. So good no brainer action fun that would probably be better if you have not seen District 13.

Blue Ruin

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really good low budget and low key thriller. Unlike many big budget efforts, this file is very tense and has you guessing what will happen next. Also has some really nice moments of black humour throughout.

Stand Up Guys

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Absolutely hilarious film with both Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in fine form. In particula Walken is very funny as a "retired" criminal. Alan Arkin livens things up with a nice supporting role, and no one takes it too seriously. A really nice surprise this one.

Transcendence

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

While all the pieces may be there, a great cast and an intriguing idea, this film is just a flat mess. By all means films like this don't have to be action packed, but it just drags horribly with little or nothing happening for huge amounts of running time. Even when the finale comes, it is just awful, and makes little to no sense. A lot of the plot does not make sense, and charcters just vanish for large parts, which suggest it was mercifully cut down from an even longer running time, but also makes it feel disjointed. Just a bad film overall.

Locke

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While the idea of one man driving in his car having a number of phone calls does not sound like the most exciting of ninety minutes, this is a great little film. Tom Hardy is great in the lead (only) role as a man whose life comes crashing down over the course of a film. All the voice actors are great too, with particular praise for Andrew Scott who is brilliant as Donal.

The Love Punch

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

If not taken too seriously, this is some silly but enjoyable fun. The whole cast are clearly having great fun and Timothy Spall in particular is in fine form.

Haunter

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nice little slow burning horror all head together brilliantly by a good leading perforamce by Abigail Breslin. Never resorts to jump scares, but instead allows the plot to move along to a nicely satisfying conclusion.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Here is a rarity. A sequel better than the first. Not bogged down with the origin of the first, the two leads are now perfect in their roles and the villians are all nicely played. Has some nice humour, and a great finale. Sets up for a sequel nicley as well. Good popcorn blockbuster.

Calvary

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

While there are some funny moments in this film, it really is a dark and at times disturbing look at modern life in Ireland and the role of the Catholic Church in it. Brendan Gleeson is immense in a role where he has been given a week to live and put his house in order. We follow him as he tries to impact positively on people's lives and when it works and when it fails badly. It all leads up to a conclusion that does not disappoint. Just an excellent film that raises the bar for all future Irish films.

The Quiet Ones

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nice little horror film this, that while a little too reliant on jumpy scares, manages to build up a nice tension besides. The small cast do well, and unlike most films of this ilk, the plot works really well and has some nice twists and surprises throughout.

Divergent

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nice little surprise this, that although is not as good as the Hunger Games is still an enjoyable enough film. The young cast are good, and the whole plot and structure is quite intriguing. It does have problems. No time is spent on supporting cast, and in the end the finale feels rushed as too much is thrown in near the end. But still a solid effort and I am looking forward in the next film in the series.