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Midnight Special – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Wow.  Just when you thought 2016 was awash with a sea of average summer films comes one of the jewels in the crowd of this years releases – Midnight Special.  Reuniting director Jeff Nichols with Take Shelter co-star Michael Shannon and adding one of the best performances by a young actor in many a year, Midnight ... Read More »

Pete’s dragon – motion picture maniac

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Continuing the trend of turning old Disney movies into live action romps is Pete’s Dragon, a boring, childish, flatly edited, cartoonishly written, badly acted load of awkward tripe, rife with annoying characters and plagued by music fit only for a straight-to-Disney channel cash grab, which is what the whole thing honestly looks like, a cheap and rushed pander to 5 ... Read More »

Batman The Killing Joke – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Batman The Killing Joke doesn’t live up to the heights of previous DC animated films mostly due to the padding of having to convert a shortish graphic novel to a feature length film. That said when the somewhat misconceived Batwoman story is done and the Killing Joke clicks in, it delivers pretty much everything you’d want ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Action Movie Quotes

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Action Movie Quotes! You know the moment – hero stops to soliloquy the bad guy right before he kills him, or the good guys find a moment in the chaos to deliver that one killer line.  Here’s five of my ... Read More »

The Huntsman Winters War – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: A sequel prequel to the original Snow-white & The Huntsman, this one’s not quite the disaster the critics have lead you to believe.  It’s also not that great either BUT it’s more than watchable and, at times, quite good fun. Reuniting Hemsworth with the Huntsman storyline that no one really cared about, this time he’s saddled ... Read More »

Allegiant – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Ugh.  Yup the news breaking recently that the final film in this series will go direct to TV doesn’t surprise me – more than most similar YA films the Divergent series has suffered from increasingly poor returns both creatively and financially (from what was never that high a bar to start) and Allegiant was no better.  Tepid action, ... Read More »

Sharknado 4: The Forth Awakens – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: Okay so this was the year that Sharknado finally jumped the shark, so to speak, but yet still it delivers on it’s frankly beyond stupid premise with more sharks and more ‘nados than ever before.  Go in expecting high art and yes you will be disappointed.  Go in expecting the forth Sharknado film and everything that ... Read More »

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Disappointments

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Movie Disappointments. Yup these are those films that you just had to see, that couldn’t loose, that were going to be special.  Yet the ended up being films that left you, and many others, with a sense of hollowness.  Welcome to my ... Read More »

Suicide Squad – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: So’ the worst film ever made’ as seemingly branded by ever critic ever? No.  Is it any good?  Kinda.  For about 30 minutes of it’s run time at least.  Shame then it’s a near two hour film.  Look this film would NEVER live up to those trailers.  It was impossible.  They were just SO good.  So ... Read More »

Grosse Point Geek – The Shallows

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Nancy (Blake Lively)  a med school drop out and surfing enthusiast, goes looking for a beach in Mexico, where her late mother visited when she she was a young woman. Upon finding it she spends a happy day surfing and soaking up the sun, that is until she is badly bitten on the leg by a huge great white shark who has been feeding ... Read More »