Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Richwater Films, the UK’s leading indie film producer, delivers another solid if unspectacular action thriller this time featuring former singer and Kray twin Martin Kemp as an ex-MI6 agent forced to kill to protect his family.  It’s a brisk sub 90 minutes through seedy London, with some reasonable action, a fast pace and driven with some good visuals.  The script could be tighter, the acting better but overall it’s worth a watch.

Best Bit: Kemp

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Vendetta, We Still Kill The Old Way, Rise Of The White Collar Hooligan

 


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Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This is a strange one.  Whilst the film is undoubtedly excellently made and is now considered by most to be one of the two best X-Men films (with X2 no doubt) I left the cinema somewhat underwhelmed.  Apart from a few strong sequences (notably the Quicksilver/ Magneto Rescue), the far more interesting future world is sacrificed for a 70’s set linear tale that offers little action but is heavy on the talking.  And whilst it shouldn’t, the eve growing inconsistencies in the X-Men time line is starting to really grate. So overall competent but nothing we haven’t been, better, elsewhere.

Best Bit: Quicksilver

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: X-Men Days Of Future Past, X-Men 2, The Avengers

 

 


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Interstellar (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Interstellar (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Man did the though of this film leave me cold.  A trailer that did little for me and hype that bordered on ridiculous. It felt like the 5 star reviews had already been written.  But a week or so away from the release, sitting down to watch the film I have to say- for the most part the hype was right. This is astounding filmmaking. It’s not perfect – the Nolan’s script is lacking once again with terrible on the nose dialogue and large chunks of plot dump, the ending is pure Spielberg at it’s worst and the film because of it ends up being longer than it needed to be.  HOWEVER this is a film that demands to be seen on the big screen (the biggest you can find actually) , has visual FX that create some of the most believable worlds ever seen on screen and has note perfect after note perfect performance.  Oh and the sound.  Just… wow. So overall whilst not the 5 star classic certain reviewers would have you believe, Nolan delivers probably the best 4 star movie ever and is back on form after the lacklustre Dark Knight Rises.

Best Bit: Matthew McConaughey delivers the goods once again.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Inception, The Dark Knight, Insomnia

 

 


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The Expendables 3 (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Expendables 3 (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve not been the biggest fan of the Expendables films.  The first had a great concept but fell short and the second, whilst fun, was pretty forgettable.  So it really was with limited expectations that I arrived at Expendables 3.  And you know what?  Not only is it the best of the three films, it’s also one of the better films of 2014. Fun, funny (with some amazing one liners and call backs to classic action films from the cast) with top notch action scenes and a cast at the top of their game (not least a resurgent Mel Gibson & Wesley Snipes).  In short: Great fun.

Best Bit: The finale

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Expendables, Expendables 2, Commando

 


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Grimsby (2016)-  A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Grimsby (2016)- A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Critically Sacha Baron Cohen’s worst performing film to date, Grimsby in general however seems to have connected far better with the fans.  Why?  Well because its’ actually pretty funny.  Okay so it doesn’t hit the heights of Borat or Bruno, but there is a hell of a lot to like here as Baron Cohen pushes beyond the levels of decency in what could feature at least two of the most gross out sequences ever put in a comedy film.  Oddly behind its knob gags and The Sun level humour there’s actually quite an interesting ideas about where you come from and the meaning of family at play here, something that most critics missed (that said it’s easy to do under the weight of penis related jokes).  So occasionally clever than it thinks, frequently low brow but smashed the Kermode six laugh test with ease.

Best Bit: Elephants.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Borat, The Dictator, Bruno

 


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Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You know what? Sometimes a film comes along with performances so good that it elevates what could otherwise be an over sentimental slog. Saving Mr Banks is just that film. From Thompson (giving the performance of 2013) to Hanks, Farrell to Giamatti everyone is on the top of their game here. And it’s a pleasure to watch.

The story, that of Walt Disney’s attempts to woo Mary Popins writer PL Travers into giving him the rights to her much loved story, is told well enough and the film directed in such as way that the (mostly) true to life tale can take centre stage rather than flashy visuals (American Hustle take note) , but it’s heart and soul comes from what will be a trophy cabinet filling performance from Thompson.  Divine, vine from start to finish, she injects just the right amount of heart to make you fall in love with a woman who, for the most part, is pretty unloveable.

That said, her performance centrally benefits from Hanks as Walt Disney.  Charming, charismatic and dashing (in a very 60’s kinda way), Hanks delivers a Walt Disney minus the rough edges and whilst that may not sit well with purists of the Golden Age, it doesn’t detract from a stirling effort by the former Forrest Gump.  And yes that problem is prevalent elsewhere, in that as often you find with films of this ilk the truth often makes way for narrative construct and the need to protect those that need protecting (Saving mr Banks is produced by Disney) .  So don’t expect the big guy to be lighting up anytime soon.

This are small gripes however in what is a very enjoyable 2 hours.  So come for the performances and stay for the film which is, in truth, a lovely story about simpler times.  And animated penguins.

Best Bit: Emma Thompson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

 


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The Orphanage (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Orphanage (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Crikey.  I watched the bulk of The Orphanage behind a blanket.  Ye sit really is that unsettling/scary/creepy.  But then again spooky children and ghost films have always been my achilles heal.  It’s true to say however that The Orphanage is one of the scariest films I have seen in a long time that relies more on tension and acting than cheap scares and shocks.  A must watch.

Best Bit: Oh.  So that’s what happened.  *Tear*

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Others Stir Of Echoes, Pans Labyrinth 


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