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Peppermint (2018)
9/10
Phenomial
26 February 2021
Jennifer Garner puts in the best tough chick performance since Linda Hamilton in T2. Tough without forcing it and not a single pout.

The story was good but the action was even better.

Brilliant pacing means the movie never lags.

I would have given a 10 if the villain had been delivered something like William Forsyth in Out For Justice.

Great movie!
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7/10
Still Great But Running Out Of Steam
26 February 2021
Still has genuine laughs but the characters are probably in need of a holiday.

Its charming as Nelson always was, and he is missed.

Tough man Kennedy delivering again for the trilogy that was such a departure from his entire career, also missed.

OJ Simpson, sadly not missed so much!

To this day I'm still trying to figure out why Anna Nicole Smith and a billionaire got married?
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8/10
Just When You Thought They Had Run Out Of Jokes!
26 February 2021
More of the same. That is often meant as a bit of a disappointment, but not in this case. 2 and a half is a return to the files of Police Squad for a whole lot more jokes :)

I don't know how they did it but the jokes are fresh and the movie is hilarious.

George Kennedy should get more credit he is awesome :)
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8/10
Great Laughs From A Great Movie
26 February 2021
This is a genuinely funny movie in the tradition of Airplane.

Too many jokes to take in with a single viewing this movie will keep you laughing for a long time.

The movie does have a plot but its not that important.

A great cast, even OJ (which is really weird these days) support Nelson as he bungles his way from one successful disaster to another.

Funny funny funny :)
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Pet (2016)
3/10
Waste of your time
26 February 2021
The first half of this movie sets up nicely as, although it looks like it will be predictable, you aren't quite sure.

Then snap off it goes. Now normally I would consider that a good thing.

Not in this case, it jumps from reasonable and considered to absurd, then it jumps again, and again, each time getting more ridiculous.

At the end you are left wondering where the interesting movie went and who allowed for this contrived disaster to occur?

Towards the end it gets twisty, oooh twisty, it comes across as completely 'lets do this they won't see it coming' moment, rather than a genuine notion.
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3/10
Not Bad Enough To Be Good
26 February 2021
This is a group of horrible mediocre people doing horrible mediocre things.

Boring and uninteresting.

The creature...blah.

Give it a miss unless you can make a drinking game out of it!
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8/10
Awesome, Gripping
26 February 2021
This is a perfect example of cast equalling plot and the result is fixating viewing.

Realistically this is not a legal movie, well at least it shouldn't be. As a vigilante case its open and shut, you can't take the law into your own hands, seemingly justified or not.

This is a movie about race and the question of can an African American get a fair trial in a apparently biased Klan occupied town. The fight to hang on to their way of life versus the appropriate change to equality for minorities.

The tension between those beliefs is compelling as neither side is prepared to budge. How low will the Klan and cohorts go to win the day? Very low is the answer. Will community justice prevail? Watch it a find out!
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10/10
Clever and Exciting
26 February 2021
The Negotiator is one of my favourite films.

From the amazing story, stellar cast, great action and humour, The Negotiator delivers non stop from start to finish.

Its fair to say that many of the characters in the film have significant trust issues. Each character plays a significant role in pushing the story forward, who is a good guy, who is a bad guy?

Amazing tensions exist as Jackson mounts his case and hunts for those hunting him. Compelling brilliance!!!
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Death Wish II (1982)
7/10
This Is An Easy Review
25 February 2021
Its the same film as Death Wish.

Change the location,

Ramp up the violence.

Job Done.

Its still great!
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Death Wish (1974)
8/10
Aging Aside This Is Great
25 February 2021
This movie bleeds grit and toughness as Bronson himself does.

Much of that toughness has eroded with time but its still a strong film.

Ultimately though it is about Bronson, this is almost the role he was born to play, strong, unyielding and unrelenting.

A great movie no doubt.
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4/10
The Face of Death Needs a Face Lift!!
25 February 2021
I kept waiting for Bronson to accidently load his gun with heart pills.

I love Bronson but this franchise should have died earlier like some of the movie's victims.

It fails to add anything to the story or the character and has become more like a tv episode than a significant film like the original Death Wish.
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10/10
Jet Li's Best Movie? 100%
25 February 2021
A remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (or Chinese Connection, depending on where you live), and what a remake.

Fist of Fury has always been my favourite martial art movie, as a 10 year old at the time of my first viewing it left an permanent impression. So, anyone revisiting this material was playing with fire as far as I'm concerned.

My god I was not ready for what was going to come next...what a movie. The original will always be the best but I cannot imagine another movie coming such a close second to its master.

Just incredible :)
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Crimson Tide (1995)
10/10
Permission To Be Entertained? Permission Granted!
25 February 2021
Just brilliant.

This movie sells its character driven tension as good as any movie that's ever been made. A strong cast full of dynamos look like children next to Hackman and The Denzel.

Limited action but a feeling that its all going to hit the fan for the majority of the movie.

I'm not sure if I have ever met anyone who didn't appreciate this film.

Warning, once you watch it...you WILL watch it again!!!
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8/10
I Miss Tony Scott
25 February 2021
Tony Scott was responsible for a lot of good to great movies, Enemy of the State being one of the great ones.

As good as Smith is in this, its Hackman who provides the depth to the story whilst Smith provides the action and the humour. The depth is what makes this great.

Plenty of entertainment wrapped around an interesting story that can be watched multiple times.

This an easy movie to recommend, you will enjoy it :)
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U.S. Marshals (1998)
7/10
A Very Descent Sequel
25 February 2021
Anytime you remove Harrison Ford you are going to diminish a film, plain and simple. The movie still works though because of its dynamic cast and the relationship we as viewers already have with them.

Snipes delivers a good performance, again, as the first film was, this is realistic enough (mostly), as like The Schwarz, Snipe's physic allows you to buy in to a bit of additional battering and for his character to keep on ticking.

I am kind of glad they didn't sell out and do a third :)
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The Fugitive (1993)
9/10
In the Kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king! The king here is Harrison Ford
25 February 2021
What a movie!!

Tension, drama, action, humour and a story!

Although dominated by Ford and Jones this really sits as an ensemble piece due to the great work of the support cast.

It sits just inside plausible (minus one little bit) which I feel adds to the credibility and thus connectivity of the story to an audience.

It has a great pacing and I challenge anyone with a regular attention span to get bored watching this!
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Patriot Games (1992)
8/10
Jack Ryan Vs The IRA
25 February 2021
This is a real change of direction for the Ryan character after HFRO. Now he is an action man, stepping into to save the day.

Works for me!

Ford shows yet again why he is one of the all time Kings of cinema, Jones is great as ever and this is one of Bean's best performances as well.

Its a good blend between the family man and the operative, giving the character a depth that most movies lack. :)
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Push (2009)
5/10
This One Gets Away...From The Editor
25 February 2021
While I like the idea, this movie fails in everything that The Matrix succeeds in.

It just can't capture the right feel to make their power gestures look good. On one of the posters I saw Kira is holding her hand to her temple to 'use' her power but instead just looks like she has a migraine.

The best part of the movie is about 2/3 in when for 10 or fifteen minutes the movie plays out like a heist film.

The biggest problem thought was editing or lack of it. This movie needed 20 minutes cut out of it, then it would have been a really tight film, now it has too many sightseeing moments and not enough content.
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8/10
The Last Great Jack Ryan Story To Date (2021)
25 February 2021
This is the weakest in what I consider the trilogy of Jack Ryan movies (Red Oct and Patriot) and its still awesome!

Ford took the character from Baldwins behind the scenes hero to an in your face Jason Bourne style one (not quite that far but you get the picture) and in doing so added much more scope for action (as seen here and in Patriot)

I have nearly watched this movie as many times as it has letters in its title and I still get a kick out of it.
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7/10
Ramps Up The Effects
25 February 2021
This is another enjoyable entry into the Elm St world as Freddy goes for convenience by getting his new victims at a one stop shop...A Hospital!

Works for all the reason you can guess.

Fails due to too much Nancy, I am not a fan of Heather Langenkamp's acting. In the first movie she gets away with it being a young erratic, terrified teenager, here she has none of those outs.
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7/10
As Homer Once Said About A Sandwich...'It's Still Good'!
25 February 2021
Ok not as good as the original but a pretty good entry none the less.

Freddy has become the star and focus of the movie, unlike the original where he is introduced over time.

So much like Chucky and Jason would also, this is the beginning of the Freddy sideshow or amusement ride. Honestly I am totally ok with that. I love this movie, which is not the same as I feel about some of the sequels.
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New Nightmare (1994)
8/10
Welcome Back :)
25 February 2021
Boy if a movie series ever need an injection of quality then A Nightmare on Elm St part 47 (New Nightmare) is it!

A really clever approach to the story is made by taking Freddy out of the movies and into the real world.

Very fresh and you can see extensions of the ideas in Scream, made a few years later, also directed by Craven.

For those who (understandably) grew disconnected with the Freddy series will enjoy this exceptional comeback!
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Puncture (2011)
7/10
Good But Uneven
25 February 2021
This is a great role/performance by Chris Evans, delivered with authenticity.

The movie and by association the story its taken from is a really interesting one. As much as I love a courtroom drama, I liked the fact that they focused this time on the characters behind the case rather than the case itself. No truth to handle here! My only complaint is it feels a little uneven and that moments that could have had great drama and intensity were left a little flat, mostly (ironically) in the scenes featuring the director. Pivotal emotional happenings were largely meh for this character.

Otherwise a great movie.
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Society (1989)
7/10
Haha Genuine WTF Moment!
24 February 2021
In my late teens I was going through a phase of watching the weirdest crap I could find. It was almost a competition between my friends.

So naturally/eventually I came across Society. I watched it with my partner when it was released and 30+ years later we still reference it and think back to it.

The effects were a mix of bizarre and absurd but they do convey an image of cringe. The plot honestly, almost irrelevant. Social justice rah rah rah...'It Doesn't Matter' (So sayeth the Rock).

Just watch it (remembering the effects have aged).
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Basket Case (1982)
7/10
Should I Have Watched This As A 12 Year Old?
24 February 2021
Probably not but I'm glad I did. This movie left a definite and positive impression on me :)

I had no idea what to expect and the 'thing' in the basket freaked the hell outta me! It was awesome.

My sensible adult brain (if I could just remember where I left it) would probably scoff at this kind of movie but as a kid I loved it. One of the great B-grade 80's horror movies for sure!
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