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Gemini Man Review

Will Smith is one of those bankable actors who blows hot and cold in the quality of his films. He made his name in several late-90’s hits, so he can now take a few riskier ventures without really taking a hit to his box office appeal. But, it is still safe to say that Smith’s…

Rambo: Last Blood Review

The Rambo franchise as a whole is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. I’ve always had a soft spot for them, but truthfully, no film after the first can be called anything above ‘average’ with our best critical hats on. While the fourth instalment (which, by the way, came out 11 years…

Angel Has Fallen Review

If you’d have told me back in 2013 that the generic action thriller Olympus Has Fallen would spawn not one, but two sequels, I probably wouldn’t have been that surprised and despaired anew at the creative bankruptcy of the film industry all over again. I’m exaggerating slightly, of course, but the point I’m trying to…

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Review

The Fast & Furious franchise is, quite frankly, ridiculous. Only in this series can a group of street racers go from stealing from the back of vans to hijacking a nuclear submarine over the course of eight movies. Basically what I’m saying is, the Fast series is all about the spectacle, no matter how absurd.…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Review

It is difficult to make a film that appeals to auteurs and casual movie-goers alike, big franchises occasionally court the artistic crowd, and the more niche films will make a play for the mainstream crowd. The first John Wick was such a film, with its blend of audience-drawing violence, and well-worn revenge narrative, and using…

Alita: Battle Angel Review

A while ago, on this very site, I published an opinion piece on James Cameron’s promotion of this film, within that, I was highly critical of the way in which he promoted the film, choosing to promote its visual effects over its story, while that’s a point I stand by, every film should hold up…

The Equalizer 2 Review

The first Equalizer was a bit of a pleasant surprise. A stylish, well-presented pleasant surprise at that. Reuniting Denzel Washington with Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua it was a stylish take on the well-used vigilante revenge thriller, it was a good example of using a generic premise and giving it a twist to make it…