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Fast Five

I viewed this “blind” without having seen any of the previous “Fast & Furious” offerings. Previously a series which apparently involved car theft and street racing held little appeal . I am pleased to report that my preconceptions were wrong, … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

“The Pirates of the Caribbean” series has now elevated itself into rarefied company where the story itself is of lesser importance than the star turn and adherence to the conventions which the story embodies. It has become a Piratical James … Continue reading

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Centurion

This came out at around about the same time as Kevin MacDonald’s “The Eagle”, based on the same historic incident, the disappearance of Rome’s 9th Legion in what is now Scotland. Nothing is known of the circumstances of their demise, … Continue reading

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The Young Lions

Good, amongst Brando’s best, and almost great, War films tend to be a snap shot of the time they were made as much as the time they are portraying. “The Young Lions” is no exception. A sprawling epic over 167 … Continue reading

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Unthinkable

A Flawed Failure There is a perennial debate about whether a civilised society may sacrifice its civilised ideals in order to deal with an uncivilised threat. It has exercised great minds over the years. Sadly none were involved in the … Continue reading

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The Eagle

An enjoyable but ultimately frustrating tale which falls short of the high standards it sets itself. The plot is a classic adventure yarn, and the setting, in the Scottish Highlands is spectacular. Director Kevid McDonald, whose credits include “Touching the … Continue reading

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Lovely Bones

An Unlovely Mess, 19 March 2011 Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom *** This review may contain spoilers *** There are occasions when you watch a film, understand its merit, but simply reflect that it doesn’t work for you. This is … Continue reading

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Battle Los Angeles

Mindless but Satisfactory Popcorn Fun, 13 March 2011 Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom *** This review may contain spoilers *** This is the first time that Director Jonathan Leibesman has been given a big budget – and it shows. A … Continue reading

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Fair Game

A Fair Film, 17 March 2011 Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom It is impossible to separate the artistic merits of this film from the politics. The core story is of a CIA agent whose husband exposes flaws in the Bush … Continue reading

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I Love You Phillip Morris

Bold Comedy Drama, 12 March 2011 Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom A brave, non-mainstream, story which comes off against the odds. Jim Carrey plays a regular married policeman, Steven Russell, struggling with his sexuality, who has a near fatal car … Continue reading

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