Stuber (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stuber (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stuber has a nice central idea – a temporally blinded cop being driven by an Uber driver called Stu whilst investigating a case – but be it the poor chemistry between the two leads or the pretty pedestrian script, the film fails to deliver.  Even the usually reliable Kumail Nanjiani seems to be phoning it in and Dave Bautista never seems that comfortable with the role.  It has a few nice moments and rustled up a couple or laughs but overall in a year packed with some pretty entertaining films, Stuber just doesn’t grab you. Shame.

Best Bit: The first fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Collateral, Let’s Be Cops, 48 Hours

 


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Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Zombieland: Double Tap is a much belated sequel to a film I always considered to be good but far from essential.  That it now has a cult following does confuse me somewhat but hey different strokes, right? Double Tap  picks up 10 years after the original (we know this as 2009 is oft referenced) and pretty much delivers more of the same with slighter returns.  Occasionally funny, occasionally gory… Double Tap is exactly what I expected it to be.  This isn’t a bad thing… it’s still entertaining but the world has moved on and a cast brought back by a big truck of money will never capture the lightening in a bottle that the original (apparently had).

Best Bit: The end credits

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Zombieland, Shaun of The Dead, Shed Of The Dead

 


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Shaun the Sheep (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Shaun the Sheep (2015) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a lovely surprise.  Shaun The Sheep is a joy – a laugh out loud, charming, heart warming smash from Ardman…  the studio that can do no wrong.  A film that will appeal to kids and adults alike, there’s no reason NOT to watch this.  Great cast, amazing animation and hysterical set pieces… Top 5 of 2015 so far.

Best Bit: All of it!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Despicable Me 2, Wallace & Gromit Curse Of The Warerabbit, The Book Of Life

 


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Fishermans Friends (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fishermans Friends (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Based on a true story, Fishermans Friends tells the story of a male singing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall, who sing sea shanties.  If that sounds about the least exciting film ever you may be right.  Almost.  That said whilst the story feels pretty well trodden, the performances, direction and charm make this a fun watch which a particularly strong cast at it’s core .  Yup it wont break any records or set the awards season alight, you can do worse that spend the night with these old salty sea dogs.

Best Bit: London

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Boat That Rocked, Wild Rose, Finding Your Feet

 


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The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dead Don’t Die is a total waste of time. More than that it’s pretentious approach, intolerable fourth wall breaking and pretentious direction make it one of 2019’s worst films.  Don’t worry however it still cant beat Holmes & Watson.  Thing is… a film starring Bill Murray & Adam Driver (as well as many others) should be better than this just BECAUSE they are in it but Jim Jarmusch’s  direction just saps the life out of the performances.  I could go on but I couldn’t finish this mess so it just wouldn’t be fair…

Best Bit: Turning it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland, Dawn Of The Dead

 


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Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Long Shot (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Long Shot is bloody hysterical.  Like laugh out loud funny.  From a razor sharp script to some stunning chemistry between leads Rogan & Theron, this is the funniest all out comedy of 2019.  Okay so there’s very little original here and you know exactly how this will play out from the poster BUT to be honest I hardly cared when I was this entertained.  Great support cast, some nice ideas and some solid comic direction honestly makes this a must watch.

Best Bit: Molly

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Notting Hill, Sausage Party, Knocked Up

 


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Holmes & Watson (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Holmes & Watson (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
How bad is Holmes & Watson? I’d forgotten I’d seen it.  I’d forgotten to review it.  I’d forgotten to post about it… AT ALL.  I could say more but I have NEVER done that. Ever. Holmes & Watson is shit.  Please don’t watch it.

Best Bit: That I’d forgotten it.  No REALLY.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: A new film blog.  Seriously. 

 


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This is strange.  A trilogy of animated films that, for the most part, are probably more consistent than almost ANY other trilogy of movies I’ve ever seen.  Seriously.  Okay so it’s far from high art of the heady heights of Toy Story but man Kung Fu Panda 3 knocks it out the park once again.  Great voice cast, stunning animation and a sense of fun & adventure often missing from these types of films, this was a pleasant surprise and highly recommended.

Best Bit: Jack Black

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Toy Story Trilogy

 


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Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Stan & Ollie (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Stan & Ollie is a charming film taking a look at the later and often undiscussed years of the comic duo.  As far as biopics go it’s an untapped subject and therefore anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Laurel & Hardy will certainly love this detailed and endearing look at the later years of a pair that, sadly in todays modern society is, are overlooked.  The direction is solid, the script well handled but the film would be nothing without the central performances of Coogan and Riley.  They just excel as the titular characters and deliver a masterclass of how to pay both tribute and homage to these comic greats.

Best Bit: Coogan & Riley

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Way Out West, Sons Of The Desert, Chaplin

 


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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Pokémon is not something I have any knowledge of.  Like at all. So a lot of Pokémon Detective Pikachu probably went right over my head.  So it’s amazing then, with that in mind, that I enjoyed this film as much as I did.  It’s really good fun.  Silly, OTT and never taking itself too seriously Pokémon Detective Pikachu will play well to both fans of the game universe and those who don’t know a Pikachu from a Swirlix.  So yes it plays very much like a PG-13 Deadpool (not a bad thing to be honest!) and without the epic voice talents of Ryan Reynolds I’m not sure it would have landed quite so well but hey he IS in it so who cares.  In short: forgettable fun.

Best Bit: Meeting Pikachu

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Kubo and the Two Strings, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big Hero 6, Deadpool

 


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