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Johnny English Reborn

There have been many successful films whose legacies have been diluted by their appalling sequels. Superman, Ghostbusters and Blues Brothers to name a few. But occasionally a film’s sequel can be better than the first. The only problem with this is that the film is often approached with trepidation and a sense of dread – Click here to read more…

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The Descendants

“Everything has it’s time” and this is very much the theme in this movie set in Hawaii.  A successful lawyer, Matt King (George Clooney) finds himself having to reconnect with his family after his wife suffers a boating accident that leaves her in a coma. The prognosis is not good and King not only has Click here to read more…

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The Artist

Film was born in France, but it found its feet in Hollywood. So it’s almost poetic that The Artist is a French film that pays homage to the golden years of Tinseltown. George Valentin is the star of silent comedy and helps nurture the talent of up and coming heart-throb Peppy Miller. But the advent Click here to read more…

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Midnight in Paris

A writer and his fiancee are having a strained holiday in Paris. Frustrated by the lack of romance that his partner has for a city he adores, he wanders off on a walk only to end up at a party with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Yes that’s right, he’s gone back in time to Click here to read more…

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50/50

There comes a time occasionally in life when you’re given a sober reminder of your own mortality. When this happens to me, I quickly realise how naive I am to some of life’s realities. There are 7 billion people on this planet and about 2 billion have died in my lifetime. That’s about 150,000 die Click here to read more…

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Final Destination 5

Since cinemas earliest day, the world of movie franchise has been responsible for classics from James Bond to Carry On, Star Wars to Jurassic Park, Pirates to Shrek, Potter to Rings. Thanks to my FilmFridays co-founder, I have dabbled in the slightly more commerical franchises including all 7 Saw films (in the space of a Click here to read more…

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The Inbetweeners

Despite paying £11 at the Odeon Camden to watch a film this afternoon, it still infuriated me that the programme billed to start at 2pm ran adverts and trailers for almost half and hour. I’ve paid good money and for what? Why should I pay to watch advertisements? Someone’s getting money for something here and Click here to read more…

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A Private Function

Betty Blue Eyes, the musical theatre adaptation of A Private Function, is currently showing in London’s West End. With this in mind I asked myself: when it comes to adaptations, is it generally best to experince the original first? Should we always aspire to read the book before watching the film? Or in this case, Click here to read more…

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Paul

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They’re of my generation. That’s right, the generation that likes to bang on endlessly about how it was great growing up in the 70’s/80’s! Chopper bikes, Star Wars, Evil Knieval, Look In magazine, Metal Mickey, did I mention Star Wars?, Moondust, Cheggers Click here to read more…

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The Hangover – Part 2

When I first saw “The Hangover” back in 2009, I remember being pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. However it’s sequel was exactly what I was expecting, pretty much the same as the first film but in a different place, this time Thailand! They wake up, with a “Hangover”, then Click here to read more…

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