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Average User Score: 6.5Jul 17, 2018A Gothic horror movie that had such promise and potential it's frustrating to see it fall into that pile of instantly forgettable horrorA Gothic horror movie that had such promise and potential it's frustrating to see it fall into that pile of instantly forgettable horror movies. The annoying thing about The Secret of Marrowbone is the story was there, it was dark and had a different take on the typical haunted house movie. Unfortunately nothing else seemed to be working and I found myself just wishing it would end already.
As with most horror movies it begins with a family moving into an old creepy looking house. The Marrowbones are all set to start their new life, but the eldest child, Jack (George MacKay) must keep the death of his mother a secret until he turns 21 in order to make sure he won't be separated from his siblings. Yet their new house is not quite what it seems. And cue the ghostly activities and countless jump scares most of which have been spoiled by their own trailer. How many times have I said that while reviewing a horror movie? The Secret of Marrowbone moves at a slow pace, relying on the atmosphere to keep you engaged. Unfortunately it had no atmosphere. I sat there wishing I was reading this instead of watching it, at least that way I could erase the cheesy acting and the fact that it feels like a TV movie you'd tune into if you've nothing better to do. It moves from set piece to set piece in a series of choppy transitions, many of which don't make a lot of sense. Then there's a few scenes that are out of place altogether and yes I'm talking about that scene where yer man is standing on a cliff overlooking the beach in the middle of nowhere secretly watching yer man and yer one having a nice little date to which he practically turns green with envy. The story is the only thing going for it but I wasn't engaged and I wasn't scared. Not recommended, skip it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jul 14, 2018In 2004 Pixar made yet another masterpiece and gave us The Incredibles. Not only was it a typical Pixar gem, full of heart, laughs and action,In 2004 Pixar made yet another masterpiece and gave us The Incredibles. Not only was it a typical Pixar gem, full of heart, laughs and action, it was also one of the better superhero films out there. Brilliant from start to finish, it's the type of film any age group can enjoy. It was so perfect it left us wanting more and so the waiting game began. I never really expected a sequel because Pixar rarely focused on sequels, preferring original ideas. Yet when more and more sequels came out of Pixar I, like every other Incredibles fan demanded a sequel. So after fourteen long years of waiting everyone's favourite superhero family is back.
Director Brad Bird certainly kept us all waiting for a sequel he wouldn't make unless he had an idea that was as good as or better than the original. And yes it is worth the wait. I loved every incredible minute, the animation is flawless and the fourteen year gap has clearly shown how 3D animation has progressed since the first Incredibles. The story picks up immediately where it left off. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is now in the spotlight, out saving the world with the long term aim of changing the law on superheroes. Meanwhile Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is left at home to take care of the kids. Things are tough enough with Dash and Violet but made all the more difficult with Jack-Jack's continuously emerging superpowers. I've mentioned before that we're currently in a time of endless superhero movies, with a few exceptions most are bland cash grabs but this is different. Another Pixar gem, all about family with a unique take on the superhero genre. The James Bond-esque score by Michael Giacchino has also exceeded expectations. Ultra jazzy and like the first Incredibles it's perfect for complimenting the film. Fourteen years of expectation is not easy to meet, there was so much to live up to it could have easily been a Finding Dory or even worse, a Cars 2. Incredibles 2 is as good as its predecessor, hilarious and packed full of action.
I can't recommend Incredibles 2 highly enough, many of you who are fans of the original have probably been waiting in anticipation for this sequel. So get out there and enjoy. If I give a film 10/10 then you know it's good.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Jul 8, 2018It's purging season everyone. You've seen the Purge, you've seen the Purge two, you probably haven't seen the Purge three but now it's prequelIt's purging season everyone. You've seen the Purge, you've seen the Purge two, you probably haven't seen the Purge three but now it's prequel time so buckle up for the very first Purge. Directed by Gerard McMurray and written by John DeMonaco, the same guy who wrote all the other purge movies. Also starring a bunch of actors who I'm not bothering to name, it's a purge movie, do you really care who's in it? Crazy, masked, knife wielding psychopaths, innocent victims and the evil corporate suits, yep it's a purge movie alright.
The controversial experiment created by the new founding fathers of America (NFFA) is ready for a trial run in Staten Island. The experiment promises to reduce crime to below 1% for the rest of the year as long as people can release all their anger and rage in one night. Staying on the island for the purge is optional yet the majority simply couldn't afford to leave. On top of that, those who do stay are offered payment and others are strongly encouraged to participate with the promise of even more financial rewards depending on how much they participate. Very much taking advantage of the oppressed and marginalized. Participants must also wear tracking chips and high tech contacts for recording the first purge. They also make the wearer look like zombies, which adds to the horror theme, so bonus. Yet much to the disappointment of the NFFA the purge doesn't have the high level of participation expected at first. But when a whole group of new gangs show up and quickly escalate the purge it becomes apparent that this is more than just a sociological experiment.
Gives everything you expect from a purge movie, extreme violence, violence while wearing masks and an unnecessary amount of jump scares. Although I think most of them came from the same person. One dimensional characters in a mediocre film. When it finally gets going it's entertaining in the moment but very forgettable afterwards. I would say this should put an end to the purge franchise but if there's one thing these low budget horror movies can do successfully it's make a lot of money. Recommended for fans of the purge franchise.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jul 2, 2018Here it is, a sequel to a movie we never expected, Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado. Although the absence of Emily Blunt and director DenisHere it is, a sequel to a movie we never expected, Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado. Although the absence of Emily Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve had me worried it's just as entertaining with an even darker story. Sure it's not as good as Sicario in terms of the story and the constant sense of dread didn't quite build for the entire film I still liked it and if you're a fan of Sicario or drug cartel movies at all then be sure to check out Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
The drug war on the US Mexico border has worsened with drug cartels trafficking terrorists across the border. Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) teams up with Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) to start a war with the cartels. The drug war quickly escalates and as to be expected gets a bit out of hand. I feel the most effective thing about Sicario is Benicio Del Toro's chilling on screen presence and the soundtrack. I didn't think the original soundtrack by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson could be topped but Hildur Guðnadóttir gave us a beautiful score and still maintained the intense and foreboding atmosphere. This works very effectively with the action scenes resulting in a thrilling experience. Honestly it doesn't really feel like a sequel and will probably not be the last Sicario film we'll see but as long as the standard doesn't drop then I'll be happy to see another one and then that's enough. No use milking a franchise just for the sake of it, yeah I'm looking at you Jurassic World. If like me, you're getting sick of this heatwave and need a good film then Sicario: Day of the Soldado should be your choice. Recommended.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Jun 24, 2018Alright hands up who wanted another Ocean's movie? Who asked for this because I sure didn't. Hollywood's answer to diversity is to remakeAlright hands up who wanted another Ocean's movie? Who asked for this because I sure didn't. Hollywood's answer to diversity is to remake everything with an all female cast, oh sure that will fix everything won't it. Oceans Eleven is forgettable enough as it is to warrant two sequels and now this remake/spinoff, Ocean's Eight. Only this time you've got an all female lead cause it's 2018 and that's the popular thing to do now. I don't have a problem with this, they're all good actors (not you Rihanna) and the have good chemistry together but aside from that Oceans Eight was shockingly boring and very pointless. It's a heist movie without the suspense and not helped by the fact that it felt endless. Almost as long as the Mamma Mia two trailer that ran before it.
Sandra Bullock and friends decide to pull off a seemingly impossible heist at New York City's annual Met Gala. Step by step it felt unbearably formulaic, like it was simply following a guide and tried to distract us with all these stylish party scenes from how little action and substance there was. I'm surprised a heist movie could be this dull with very few laughs. Ocean's Eleven was bland and now Ocean's Eight is the same movie, just as bland but with the addition of James Corden for some reason and without George Clooney. Recommended to all the fans of the Ocean franchise, for everyone else it's skippable.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jun 22, 2018Who knew there would be a Jurassic Park/World movie that would sink lower than The Lost World. Jurassic Park or World or whatever we’reWho knew there would be a Jurassic Park/World movie that would sink lower than The Lost World. Jurassic Park or World or whatever we’re supposed to be calling it now is a franchise that has long since run out of ideas, overstayed its welcome and needs to stop. Follows the formula of the original Jurassic Park trilogy where the second movie sees the need to move the dinosaurs off the Island and to a much more populated area. Jurassic World was pretty much the first movie remade but with the new feature of the Indominus Rex. A genetically modified dinosaur that was better than all the other dinosaurs, the ultimate predator etc. This ridiculous addition showed that they had run out of ideas but most of us didn’t care. It was packed full of nostalgia, and was enjoyable in the moment. Unfortunately it made so much darn money they just had to make a follow-up, but not just a follow up, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is just the second movie in a possible new trilogy. So whether you like it or not we’re getting even more dinosaurs, ooh goody I can’t wait to see what scary dinosaur they manage to cook up in that lab, again.
Four years since the park was destroyed and now the dinosaurs are at risk of another extinction because that really expensive park was built on an Island that now has an active volcano and raises the ethical dilemma of whether these creatures should be saved at all. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back on an expedition to rescue the dinosaurs. But they’re also competing with all those military guys who see the potential for using dinosaurs as weapons. This was hinted at in the first Jurassic World and is very much the tone of this film so get ready to be bored as more shots of DNA vials in briefcases and new genetically modified dinosaurs getting out of their enclosures happens again and again. We’ve seen this all before only now it just seems cheap. The attempts at humour was cringeworthy, the story so predictable if you’ve seen the trailer then you’ve seen the film. Despite the promising opening scene it all went downhill from there and just kept falling. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece by any means but I really wanted this to be so much better. There’s no wow factor, no scene that will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s disheartening to see such a bad Jurassic World movie, please make it stop before it gets any worse. I wouldn’t recommend this to a die-hard Jurassic Park fan because it barely resembles it anymore but if you’re in desperate need of a mindless popcorn flick then lower the expectations and have fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jun 20, 2018I had such high hopes and Hereditary didn’t even come close. It does a good job reminding you of The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, yet I alsoI had such high hopes and Hereditary didn’t even come close. It does a good job reminding you of The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, yet I also couldn’t help but be reminded of The Babadook and The Witch. These are just two examples of films the critics did not shut up about for months. I went to see both due to the hype and was left disappointed. Hereditary comes along promising much of the same, I can’t help but get caught up in the hype. I’ve heard the hysteria, I’m prepared, I settle down ready to be terrified and instead I was bored and waiting for the credits to roll so I could finally leave. Oh sure they can compare it to The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby all they like, put it on all the posters if you want but it doesn’t make it The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Maybe I missed something, but for me Hereditary was only mildly better than your average horror movie.
After the death of her mother, Annie (Toni Collette) and her family begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Despite a promising start Hereditary falls into the trap about half way through where it completely lost me, the plot became ridiculous and instead of getting scared I was losing interest. The first half was filled to the brim with atmosphere, so tense and gripping I thought we were on to a winner here. Hereditary puts the effort in to build the tension and create a foreboding atmosphere. Wonderfully shot, the cinematography is simply amazing. Many of the scenes give the sensation of looking at a miniature view of the set, an impressive amount of attention to detail, such a shame the rest of the film didn’t live up to this standard. It’s got some shocking scenes that will disturb you alright, and will no doubt stay in your mind well after the film has ended. Toni Collette is excellent. Her performance is carrying the film, yet the plot doesn’t offer much else, the hammy acting throws you out of the suspenseful horror movie and into over the top and generally trying to suss out whether it’s okay to laugh or not. I wasn’t the only one trying to stifle laughter on more than one occasion and I’m sure I won’t be the last. First time director Ari Aster hasn’t exactly given us a flop, it’s well directed for one thing and I hope his next film works out a little better.
You all know I love horror films so you can believe me when I say Hereditary does not live up to the hype it promises. You’ve seen similar ideas done before only better. Not recommended unless you just love seeing some disturbing cinema in that case enjoy. And don’t forget to scare your fellow movie goers with a tongue click AFTER the film has ended, NOT during a quiet and suspenseful moment.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8May 18, 2018Ryan Reynolds gracing our screens yet again playing the role he was born to play, everyone’s favourite antihero Deadpool is back and hilariousRyan Reynolds gracing our screens yet again playing the role he was born to play, everyone’s favourite antihero Deadpool is back and hilarious as ever. Bringing together a team of fellow mutants (Zazie Beetz, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, Rob Delaney etc.) to protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) with supernatural abilities from a time traveling mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin). Shocking for all the right reasons, and laugh out loud funny from the opening scene all the way to the end credits.
I’ve already mentioned we’re living in the time where superhero movies are becoming mind numbingly boring and Deadpool couldn’t have come at a better time. With the first one setting the bar very high there was always the fear that it would slowly decrease in quality with each sequel until there’s no more money to be made and the franchise dies. Deadpool 2 could have been a disaster but with Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch in control there was no need to worry. I loved every minute of Deadpool 2, from the crude jokes to the ultra violent action sequences. Sure I could have done without a slow-motion scene every five minutes but I’m willing to forgive that. Fun and entertaining to the max. The addition of some new characters was a definite step in the right direction particularly, Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin, who is having a great year. I hope I don’t have to sell this movie to you, the marketing alone should have done that, if you enjoyed the first Deadpool then get yourselves to a cinema and check out Deadpool 2, not only does it not disappoint but it’s just as good as the first one. Highly recommended.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4May 13, 2018Marlo (Charlize Theron), now a mother of three is given the gift of a night nanny (yeah I've never heard of it either) by her brother CraigMarlo (Charlize Theron), now a mother of three is given the gift of a night nanny (yeah I've never heard of it either) by her brother Craig (Mark Duplass). Marlo is suffering from sleep deprivation and the stresses of raising three kids, including a newborn so although first reluctant to accept the help of a night nanny she surprises herself by forming a unique bond with the young free-spirited night nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
The script is simple, funny and very well executed. Tully is extremely immersive film with lots of heart and gives us a raw insight into motherhood. Theron's performance is stunning I quickly forgot I was watching a film. Every scene feels incredibly real, and this is only reinforced by the chemistry between Theron and Davis. When you get the casting right and you've got a good story the rest should just fall into place. Recommended, but be warned that if the thought of having kids already terrifies you then Tully does not do a whole lot to help those fears.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4May 9, 2018The Strangers: Prey At Night, a sequel to a movie that no one even remembers let alone wanted. Remember that movie from 2008 where these crazyThe Strangers: Prey At Night, a sequel to a movie that no one even remembers let alone wanted. Remember that movie from 2008 where these crazy people broke into a house, killed some people and then left? No? Well here’s the sequel anyway cause why not? Everything is worthy of a sequel these days so let’s join The Strangers on their quest to terrorize and brutally murder more people for an hour and a half. They’re crazy, they wear creepy masks and they kill people. Not much to it so if you’re expecting The Strangers 2 to build enough atmosphere and tension to keep you entertained well don’t.
A family of four are staying in a super creepy secluded mobile home park and are stalked by everyone’s favourite masked psychopaths, The Strangers. After a ten year break it doesn’t seem like the Strangers have learned anything from its previous film. Yet another completely unnecessary sequel that you can throw into the “never gonna watch it again pile.” Yes, The Strangers: Prey at Night really does have it all. Everything from “based on true events” drifting across the screen in the hope of creating a spooky atmosphere, the main character falling while running away from the bad guys and characters dying but not really. It’s got a couple of interesting scenes and at one point it looked like it was paying homage to classic 80s horror flicks but The Strangers 2 did not pull itself together and brings absolutely nothing new to this genre. The mind dulling horror movie clichés are forced into every scene which builds into a bitterly brutal ending that only leaves the audience unsatisfied. Not recommended, I don’t care if you’ve already seen Infinity War twice and looking for something new, go see Infinity War again because The Strangers 2 is not worth it.… Expand