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  • Paddington - had no idea what to expect. Ended up enjoying it quite a bit
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  • Remake of the "Predator" - although I'm not sure it's the remake, some sequel or prequel or whatever- it's just a horrible movie. Blimey ... I really wanted to give it a chance - but the acting, story, humour - all fails. Do not watch. 
    1.765/10
    If you mean The Predator... then it’s basically Sharknado with less sharks 
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  • Sporky said:
    Dark Shadows. 0 out of 0.

    Critters. 4 out of 7.
    @Sporky , does that mean you give Dark Shadows 100%?
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 36110
    Christopher Robin

    A.A. Milne's boy grows up to be Ewan McGregor as a dull luggage-company manager... and accidentally rediscovers Winnie-The-Pooh and his friends.

    Predictable family film, with the usual slightly improbable overly-breathless plot and Mark Gatiss as the cardboard baddie, heartwarming happy ending and moral to the story - but actually quite enjoyable. The old characters are very well done, with some great one-liners and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, and it's not overly long unlike a lot of modern adaptations.

    7/10


    And Xi Jinping should let it be seen in China - this version of Pooh is nothing like him and really doesn't look much like the old Disney one, although all the characters have more or less their classic Disney voices.
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    boogieman said:
    "First Man" 2018 with Ryan Gosling. 1st successful Apollo mission. Better than expected. Gosling is, sadly, still playing himself, other cast very good. Lots of emotional load but space scenes are a pleasure... combination of spectacular and mellow.
     6.5/10
    I’m sure Ryan Gosling must’ve made some decent films otherwise he wouldn’t keep getting the gig, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one. He’s got all the charisma of a wet paper bag. 
    Watch him in Half Nelson probably his best acting ...
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 15048
    Sporky said:
    Dark Shadows. 0 out of 0.

    Critters. 4 out of 7.
    @Sporky , does that mean you give Dark Shadows 100%?
    Nope.

    There isn't anything there to rate. It gets zero, but as there's nothing to rate it's out of 0.

    I've seen worse films, but I'm not sure I've seen emptier or more pointless ones.
    Every year, I grow half as pretty, and twice as drunk. 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2740
    Made (1972), Carol White and Roy Harper. Hadn’t seen it for 30 years and it remains a remarkable film. Roy Harper’s acting chops are pretty minimal but he brings a veracity to his role that carries him through. Carol White is exceptional and the film as a whole is a slice of real life with no pat endings or resolution. Well worth seeing.
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  • Melancholia by Lars von Trier.  Awful - a great cast totally wasted. I bow to no man in my ability to watch 'art house' films; Andrei Tarkovsky is one of my all time favourite directors. But this film was just a mess. The actors were trying their best but they could make no headway against the clunky script, the leaden pacing, and von Trier's 'look how arty I am' direction. 

    3.5/10, and that's being generous
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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 14579
    I just watched Quatermass and the pit, for the umpteenth time.  It's funny how I was terrified the first time I saw it and now I struggle to keep the laughter down!  Those scenes of the martian locusts running are like something from Michael Bentine's Potty Time !  The fact that one (ridiculously comical) creature pops its face up in the middle of the sequence just adds to the hilarity !

    ....but the piece de resistance is the end scene...  Why on Earth did they decide to make the devil cross-eyed ??!!!! LOL !!!!


    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.
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  • I've just thoroughly enjoyed the Film Crossroads. An entertaining film with a very satisfying (and riveting) ending.

       Though, unfortunately, I sat through a film of the same name starring Britney Spears first. Britney was ok but oh! the film... :-(

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4429
    Steve922 said:

    I've just thoroughly enjoyed the Film Crossroads. An entertaining film with a very satisfying (and riveting) ending.

    Great fun. Apparently the final showdown had to be shot a huge number of times as Steve Vai just couldn't play that 'wrong' note.
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • I'm looking forward to taking my boys to see Bumblebee over the Xmas break...at 7 and 10 I'm sure they're more the target audience than me.

    No doubt we’ll be heading straight to the toy shop on the way home to spend their Xmas money on more slighlty different versions of Bumblebee.  
    Saw it today and we all loved it. Some nice humour for the adults and the action scenes are so much better than the other ones in the franchise. 

    Movie tie in Bumblebee toy purchased as well of course...which takes me ages to transform! 
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  • I watched Golden Job - A Chinese crime / martial art film. It wasn't too bad, 8 have seen better,, but it certainly passed some time. 5/10.  
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  • Bits of things.
    On Christmas Day MrsTheWeary watched A Christmas Carol ( old black and white version), the kids watched A Muppet's Christmas Carol. The only TV I wanted to watch was Upstart Crow which turned out to be based on A Christmas Carol. 
    I am quite familiar with the basic plot line now. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 10215
    The Meg.

    it is not a good film. However it is a hugely entertaining one with lots of little nods to Jaws.

    it was great. 

    "Guitars are just basses for kids"

    Gregor Fris

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  • The Bishops Wife. 1947 black and white Christmas whimsy. Inevitably a bit creaky in places. Cary Grant plays an angel and is as watchable as ever. David Niven doesn’t get enough to do as the bishop. For me Loretta Young’s appeal hasn’t dated as well as some of the other film beauties of the period. Reminiscent of movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, not as good as either of those but well worth seeing if those are the kinds of things you like. 7/10
    “Britain has negotiated like 27 different countries and the EU has negotiated like one.” Tim Shipman.

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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4429
    Holmes and Watson. Had some extremely funny moments, but they were far and few between. Can only give it 4/10.
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 36110
    edited December 2018
    The Crimes Of Grindelwald

    Hmmm... nowhere near as good as Fantastic Beasts, because it's trying far too hard to be a Harry Potter prequel instead of something related but different. I actually liked Fantastic Beasts because it *wasn't* too Harry Potter - I'm not a big fan really. This has so much setting up for the next installment(s) in J.K. Rowling's licence to print money that it just about collapses under the tangle of all the multiple threads of forward continuity it's trying to spin.

    Jude Law is good, Johnny Depp is at least not quite Captain Jack Sparrow this time, but apart from that I just thought it was all much too forced. Even Eddie Redmayne seems to have forgotten how to act.

    4/10

    (If you wonder why I went to see it when I'm not a Harry Potter fan... kids ;). But they didn't think it was that good either.)
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  • Something about Mary  =)
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  • "Take Shelter" by Jeff Nichols from 2011. 

    Small, rural American town, father of the family starts to dream about upcoming apocalypse - decides to build a shelter to save the close ones. 
    Great feel, both - Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain - on top of their game. Well recommended.

    8/10
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5612
    ICBM said:
    The Crimes Of Grindelwald

    Hmmm... nowhere near as good as Fantastic Beasts, because it's trying far too hard to be a Harry Potter prequel instead of something related but different. I actually liked Fantastic Beasts because it *wasn't* too Harry Potter - I'm not a big fan really. This has so much setting up for the next installment(s) in J.K. Rowling's licence to print money that it just about collapses under the tangle of all the multiple threads of forward continuity it's trying to spin.

    Jude Law is good, Johnny Depp is at least not quite Captain Jack Sparrow this time, but apart from that I just thought it was all much too forced. Even Eddie Redmayne seems to have forgotten how to act.

    4/10

    (If you wonder why I went to see it when I'm not a Harry Potter fan... kids ;). But they didn't think it was that good either.)
    Good grief. It must be really bad if it’s not as good as Fantastic Beasts. I thought that was an absolute stinker and Eddie Redmayne really floundered in that too. Considering how supposedly picky JKR was around the casting, settings and well, everything, to do with the HP films I do wonder how she’s let these prequel abominations go out to the public. Surely she can’t need the money? 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2740
    Leave No Trace. Low key drama about a father and daughter living in the woods. Excellent acting by the two principals and a downbeat story well told. 
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    Mary Poppins Returns - dreadful. Two hours I'll never get back.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 2640
    Just watched the new IT. I know most people don't like it but I thought it was pretty good for a Stephen king film which are notoriously difficult translations from the books. 
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    First man - about the rise of Neil Armstrong from former air force test pilot to Apollo 11 commander and first man on the moon

    Loved it 
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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    HAL9000 said:
    Mary Poppins Returns - dreadful. Two hours I'll never get back.
    I went before Christmas with the Kids.... Mary Poppins is one of our favourite films.....This was pretty awful  :s
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  • Tone71Tone71 Frets: 316
    edited December 2018
    Dunkirk......pants.

    Pretty disappointed tbh
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    Kind hearts & coronets, watched on Christmas Eve with the family. 10/10
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  • BlacKkKlansman  - Had some good scenes and very good performances, but spoiled by uneven pacing and what I thought to be misjudged inconsistencies of tone. Not Spike Lee's best, but I'm glad I saw it.
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5612
    edited December 2018
    munckee said:
    Just watched the new IT. I know most people don't like it but I thought it was pretty good for a Stephen king film which are notoriously difficult translations from the books. 
    I liked it too. Looking forward to the second part.

    It’s a real shame that some of King’s books have been turned into rubbish films, but there’s some very good ones in there too : Misery, Shawshank, Stand By Me, the original Carrie, Green Mile, Shining. I even thought Christine was half decent.

    Let’s not mention Dark Tower.  s
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