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Allied

by Robert Zemeckis
Specifics
UK, USA [] - 124 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
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2.5*/5.0*

A romantic espionage thriller set during WWII. While Zemeckis tries his best to turn it into a classy affair, he isn't quite the man for the job. While there's very little wrong with this film, it still ends up rather plain and forgettable. It's all so predicable and safe that you start to wonder why they even bothered with this one.

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Wild Tales

by Damián Szifron
Also known as
Relatos Salvajes
Specifics
Argentina, Spain [] - 122 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*

Anthology project helmed by Damián Szifron. Revenge, deceit and anger take central stage here, but Szifron delivers it with a wry, dark smirk. The film loses a little steam during the last two shorts, but the overall quality is high and there is some devilish fun to be had along the way. Surprisingly accomplished.

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Follow Me

by Asri Bendacha
Specifics
United Arab Emirates, USA [] - 80 mins
Genre
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2.5*/5.0*

Asri Bendacha submerges himself into the world of Instagram stars and influencers. His approach is a bit predictable and he doesn't really venture deep enough, but there are some interesting bits and it does allow a peek into a world most adults don't understand at all. Great topic, but it deserves a better doc.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Specifics
USA [] - 133 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Western
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3.0*/5.0*

A 6-part anthology western helmed by the Coen brothers. It starts off pretty well, with some edgier bits and some trademark Coen weirdness, but the latter stories are a tad more dramatic and fail to be as engaging. The film can't maintain pace and quality, which is a shame because the first half was very promising.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

by Peyton Reed
Specifics
USA [] - 118 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi
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1.5*/5.0*

One of Marvel's less serious film series. The idea is nice, but the execution falls flat. The comedy is pretty lame, the actors don't quite fit their characters and the action is tame. There is little chemistry between Lilly and Rudd and the bad guy(s) aren't very menacing. The result is another Marvel misfire.

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Kodachrome

by Mark Raso
Specifics
Canada, USA [] - 105 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*

Basic road movie that combines melodrama with some lighter moments. The characters are pretty plain and grey, the events aren't all that impressive and even though the actors do a decent job, they fail to add much extra. It's just bog standard drama material, not too horrible to sit through but very forgettable.

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Requiem from the Darkness: Kowai

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also known as
Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari: Kowai
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 111 mins
Genre
Horror
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2.0*/5.0*

Live action adaption of one of the Requiem from the Darkness stories. The anime series gathered quite a following, Tsutsumi's adaptation didn't. Not too surprising really, since it's a very functional and bland film that is way too occupied with its plot. The cast is solid, but the rest looks and feels like mediocre TV material.

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Batman Ninja

by Junpei Mizusaki
Also known as
Ninja Battoman
Specifics
Japan, USA [2018] - 85 mins
Genre
Animation, Action
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4.0*/5.0*

Not the first time Batman gets an anime treatment, but this time it's in the form of a full-length feature film. The good news is that the creators were given a lot of creative freedom, so expect a beautifully animated, crazy and action-packed anime that works extremely well as a stand-alone film. Impressive.

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Vacation

by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Specifics
USA [] - 99 mins
Genre
Adventure, Comedy
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3.0*/5.0*

Starts off as a pretty basic comedy, but it gets just a little weirder than normal in places and that's when Vacation is allowed to shine. Ed Helms does a fine job and the supporting cast chips in where needed. Not the greatest or most original comedy in the world, but there are more jokes that land than there are misses.

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Ali G Indahouse

by Mark Mylod
Specifics
France, UK [] - 85 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5*/5.0*

Never seen the TV series, but this film version is pretty damn cheap. The film looks clumsy, the comic timing is off and the delivery of the jokes is plain. The jokes themselves are even worse. There are a few redeeming moments, but overall it's a rather boring, predictable and plain affair that doesn't do justice to Cohen.

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The Greasy Strangler

by Jim Hosking
Specifics
USA [2016] - 93 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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4.0*/5.0*

Jim Hosking, what a man. The Greasy Strangler is a bit cruder compared to An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, but all the ingredients are already here. Crazy characters, unique comic timing, a very strange sense of humor and a soundtrack that's just mental. It's an extremely gross and alienating film, but boy is it funny.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

by Bryan Singer
Specifics
USA [] - 144 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
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1.0*/5.0*

Just another Marvel movie. As a casual watcher I've lost all track of timelines, characters and alternate universes. The plot is so simple that it doesn't even matter though. Apocalypse is another shitty CG fest where good trumps bad but takes a very long time to do so. Bryan Singer doesn't add anything either.

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Tokyo Decadence

by Ryu Murakami
Also known as
Topazu
Specifics
Japan [] - 112 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0*/5.0*

En elevated pinku. It's a blueprint for the films of Takashi Ishii, though he would do it a lot better. Tokyo Decadence lacks punch and even though it looks better than your average pinku, it doesn't feel as classy as it could've been. There are a couple of decent scenes, mostly in the second half, but overall it's not that great.

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The Meaning of Life

by Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Specifics
UK [] - 107 mins
Genre
Comedy, Musical
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3.0*/5.0*

Amusing Monty Python film. Like most of Monty Python's work there's not much coherence, the film really is little more than a collection of sketches. Some of them are pretty great, others drag a little. It's a shame the quality isn't a bit more consistent, because there really are some memorable moments.

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The Cube

by Jim Henson
Specifics
USA, Canada [] - 53 mins
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music
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2.5*/5.0*

An exercise in allegories and symbolism. A man is locked up in a white room and isn't allowed to go out. A lot of weirdness ensues, as people come and go and strange things happen in the room. Set up like a sketch show, it's a bit of a hit and miss affair. Could've used a lick of paint, but overall it's pretty amusing.