Month: December 2019

My top 10 movies of 2019

Of the films I’ve watched this year (sadly missed out on many including Little Women and Hustlers), here’s my top 10. 10. Stan & Ollie (PG) Handled with sensitivity and care by director Jon S. Baird and performed with skill and astonishing attention to detail by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie is a fitting…

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The Courier (18)

Director: Zackary Adler Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Gary Oldman, Amit Shah, Alicia Agneson, William Moseley and Dermot Mulroney ⭐⭐ Opening with a frenetic montage of newspaper headlines and television reports that barely give you a chance to find out that Ezekiel Mannings (Oldman) is a very naughty boy with links to organised crime and terrorism, Mannings…

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Jumanji: The Next Level (12A)

Director: Jake Kasdan Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Danny DeVito, Colin Hanks, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Rory McCann and Danny Glover ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Following on from 2017’s hugely successful Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, where four high school students were magically sucked into a video game and became its…

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1917 (15)

Director: Sam Mendes Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Daniel Mays and Colin Firth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Soldiers Schofield and Blake (MacKay and Chapman) are given a mission with no choice but to accept it. They’re tasked with crossing No Man’s Land into enemy territory, tracking down a battalion of…

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Invasion Planet Earth (12A)

Director: Simon Cox  Starring: Simon Haycock, Roxi Drive, Julie Hoult, Danny Steele, Sophie Anderson, Ian Brooker and Toyah Wilcox ⭐⭐ Grieving couple Tom (Haycock) and Mandy (Drive) are still reeling from the loss of their young daughter, but are given a second chance at parenthood as Mandy reveals her unexpected pregnancy. This ray of light…

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StarDog and TurboCat (U)

Director: Ben Smith Starring: Luke Evans, Nick Frost, Gemma Arterton, Ben Bailey Smith and Bill Nighy ⭐⭐⭐ It’s 1969 and Buddy (Frost), a loveable pooch (looking uncannily like Dug from Up), takes one giant leap for dogkind as he’s blasted into space by his Technician owner, Mike, as part of a scientific experiment. Things don’t…

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Playing with Fire (PG)

Director: Andy Fickman Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildeband, Christian Convery, Finlay Rose Slater, Judy Greer, Tyler Mane and Dennis Haysbert ⭐⭐⭐⭐ John Cena’s no-nonsense, by the book, emotionally stunted smokejumper (specially trained firefighters who provide an initial-attack response on wildland fires by parachuting into remote and rugged terrain – thanks, Wikipedia),…

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