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Skyline (2010)

I first saw the Skyline trailer last year, and it looked impressive in a post-pub sort of way, so I was looking forward to its release despite it being from the Strause brothers, makers of the much-maligned AVP: Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem. However I’m now coming late to this on DVD, and in the meantime it’s picked up negative word of mouth to almost rival its antecedent. Continue reading

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Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

If ever a title was guaranteed to get me in a cinema, it’s Cowboys and Aliens (although the strategy didn’t work for Zombie Strippers). When I was a kid, my dad was a big cowboy fan, and I couldn’t understand … Continue reading

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Shalako (1968)

Largely forgotten Europudding of a western, uniting Connery and Bardot, two of the biggest stars of the time. It’s based on a story by Western veteran Louis L’Amour, although it also bears a strong resemblance to Elmore Leonard’s story Hombre, filmed a couple of years earlier with Paul Newman in the title role.

It’s your basic fishes out of water story… Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Excellent Swedish adaptation of the first in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Michael Nyqvist stars as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recruited to investigate the death of a young girl 30 years previously in a remote part of Sweden. Noomi Rapace plays emo bisexual computer hacker Lisbeth Salander who ends up on Blomkvist’s side in the battle against assorted evil authority figures. Continue reading

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Seraphim Falls (2006)

I love a good western; hell, I love a bad western. Unfortunately we don’t get many these days, but here’s one and it’s 95% good. Liam Neeson chases Pierce Brosnan across some startling scenery at the end of the civil … Continue reading

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Deja Vu (2006)

Reunited with director Tony Scott for the third time, Denzel Washington plays a New Orleans ATF agent brought in to investigate the bombing of a car ferry. A shadowy FBI agent  played by Val Kilmer introduces him to the latest … Continue reading

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Perfume : The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Long-time readers will know that I’m a big fan of German director Tom Tykwer, who has previously given us such gems as Run Lola Run and The Princess and the Warrior. I’m less of a fan of Patrick Suskind’s gimmicky … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost (2006)

Originally titled Turistas, this was retitled Paradise Lost for its UK cinema release. It’s the cautionary tale of a group of young and under-dressed backpackers who end up marooned in the Brazilian jungle. After a bit of wandering around in … Continue reading

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Apocalypto (2006)

I’m not a big fan of Mel Gibson the director, and half an hour into Apocalypto I was shaking my head and looking for the remote control. The movie looks good but gets initially bogged down in a load of … Continue reading

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Smokin’ Aces (2006)

Joe Carnahan made a bit of a splash with Narc a few years back, and has been rewarded here with a bigger budget and cast. He’s also chosen to make a more adventurous movie  stylistically, coming across like a US … Continue reading

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