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Film

Netflix, Prime, the silver screen - you name it, we'll watch it. Current favourites are

Gone Girl

Ben

Gone Girl

Ben

Watched this the other night without knowing a great deal about it, but thinking it was a bit like Taken: butch and action-y. Gone Girl turned out to be a really gripping, clever and well-acted psychological thriller.

A recently-married couple's life gets a bit complicated when she (Rosamund Pike) disappears (gone girl..) without warning, leaving behind evidence that the disappearance involved violence. Her husband (Ben Affleck) is a bit of a cold fish and quickly arouses suspicion that he was somehow involved. The truth is rather more complicated.

 

The story is complex but entirely realistic and somewhat understated.

Oh, and it lasts two and a half hours yet my wife stayed awake for the whole thing, which says a lot!

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SPLIT

Paul

SPLIT

Paul

Another great film from M. Night Shyamalan, the guy who directed The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable and more. It's a cracking thriller and it's connected to one of his other films but I won't spoil which one for you.

Three girls get kidnapped right at the start and the film follows four main characters (well maybe 27), the three girls and Kevin Wendell Crumb, the kidnapper (amazingly portrayed by James McAvoy), who has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder and has 23 distinct personalities.

 

It's really engaging, scary in parts and as the film progresses it brings in some freaky supernatural elements that keeps you on your toes.

 

A highly recommended watch with some fantastic acting and a really exciting storyline. Watch.

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Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Star Wars: Rogue One

Kate

Being an avid Star Wars fan (I grew up in the '70s) I was doubtful that the spin-off would be any good. My son wanted to see it, so I reluctantly took him. I felt sure it would not be up to my nerdy standards and expected gaps in the storyline, details that had been overlooked, etc. None of the main characters were going to be in it and I really couldn't imagine a Star Wars film being any good without Harrison Ford in it (yes, I know his character has been killed off but I'm in denial!)

All I can say is what an epic film! The storyline was brilliant and perfectly led into the original Star Wars New Hope trilogy. It seamlessly fits the gap between the 70s old school and ultra-modern special effects. All the way through the film there are visual acknowledgments to previous Star Wars films and even deceased actors have been revived using digital manipulation (I understand this can be alarming to some people). I don't want to give the storyline away so I'm not mentioning it! But I will say this, nothing is predictable and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. The main character 'Jyn' is played by Felicity Jones who is a class act and has all the grit and determination of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films.

 

A not to be missed film for sci-fi lovers

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Sing

Paul

Sing

Paul

Sing is a great family film. I went to see it with my girlfriend who is a sucker for this sort of movie and I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I was very pleasantly surprised!

 

The storyline is simple enough for kids but engaging enough for the adults and it relates quite well to what we see nowadays with all these talent show style TV series. It really well voice acted by some big names and the music is pretty good with some pop along with some Stevie Wonder and Elton John along the way.

 

I would absolutely recommend this for anyone that's looking for an easy watch and a good fun day out at the cinema, you'll leave with a smile.

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Legend

Paul

Legend

Paul

Everybody has heard of the Kray twins, and if you haven't, they ran organised crime in London for most of the 60's. One of the best things about this movie is that both twins are played by Tom Hardy. I don't know how they did it but it's filmed really well (especially when they're fighting each other in one scene) and two cracking performances from Tom Hardy wrapped up in one film.

Legend is a great gangster movie and follows the twins as they take over London. The twins are very different, Ronnie being completely crazy and wreckless while Reggie is calmer and more calculated, having to reign in his brother. Ronnie is eventually the cause of their fall from organised crime kingpins, shooting a high ranking member of an apposition crime syndicate.

 

There's a great supporting cast including Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Emily Browning, Tara Fitzgerald and there's even a few appearances from Duffy who did a lot of the singing in the Krays' club.

 

Defenately put it on your watch list!

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Alien Covenant

Kate

Alien Covenant

Kate

Set 11 years after the events of Prometheus, Covenant is a sequel that attempts to bridge the gap with the first Alien film.

The crew of the Covenant, a colony ship transporting a cargo of frozen humans to an Earth-like planet for colonisation, take the fatal decision of investigating an SOS sent from an uncharted world. Their hope of discovering ‘paradise’ is short lived after two crew members inhale sinister spores and die when the xenomorph bursts out of their bodies (gruesome stuff!) The landing craft explodes and the remaining crew are left stranded with David, the unbalanced droid who features in Prometheus. We are led to believe David killed Elizabeth Shaw years earlier to conduct twisted experiments in a bid to create the perfect alien species. Eventually a shuttlecraft is despatched from the colony ship to collect the remaining survivors, together with an unwanted guest.

 

As expected crew members get killed one by one and the film’s climax echoes the first alien film set on board the colony ship with a rogue alien scuttling around in dark corners, randomly killing the remaining crew.  Unsurprisingly, the remaining crew (Daniels and Tennesse) set a trap and manage to suck the alien into space. But David has other plans, and the final scene shows him coughing up alien embryos and putting them alongside human embryos for future experimentation.

 

The special effects are brilliant and the link between Prometheus and the original Alien film is enlightening. However, many questions are left unanswered, namely how the aliens got to LV-426 which is where the Nostromo crew discover them in the original Alien film. The storyline is predictable in places and relationships between the crew lacking.

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