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Arrival (2016)

Dennis Villeneuve may well be my favourite director working today, and I can't believe that it took my viewing of Arrival to hammer that home to me. Although I have only seen his past couple of movies, both have been smart and hugely…

TIFF 2016 – Arrival (2016)

Britain might have fallen out of love with experts, as Michael Gove so eloquently explained this year, but for Hollywood they’ve lost none of their shine. When bad things happen it’s straight off to academia to find someone to fix it.…

Dope (2015)

Did you bring my lunch? Dope (has nobody really used this title since the Twenties?) is a far-fetched but hip update on the high school comedy depicting a youthful entrepreneur malgré lui, sort of like Tom Cruise in Risky Business but no…

Southpaw (2015)

Up, down, up At the beginning of the movie Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is light heavyweight champion and wins a big bout in Madison Square Garden. But then bad things happen and he falls very, very down, losing almost everything. His…

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

There's an okay script here, decent enough direction from Scott Cooper, and some great performances from all of the main cast members, but Out Of The Furnace just can't do enough to make it feel like anything other than a gender-flipped…

Bloodsport (1988)

Jean-Claude Van Damme was no overnight success, but audiences in the late '80s and early '90s may not have realised that. He'd gone from small parts in lesser movies (a debut in a skin flick, an extra in a scene from Breakin', a villain -…

Stakeout (1987)

A buddy cop movie in which the cops happen to spend most of their time on a surveillance operation, hence the title, Stakeout remains as much fun today as it did a couple of decades ago. It's not a modern classic, but it's a lot of fun,…

The Last Stand (2013)

Jee-woon Kim is one of my favourite directors, despite the fact that I've only seen three (well, now it's four) movies from his filmography. Two of those movies are 10/10 experiences for me, I Saw The Devil and A Tale Of Two Sisters, and…