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85% #OutOf100: Thor: Ragnarok is Silly, Over the Top and Really Quite Good.

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment of the Thor narrative after, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and it’s the fifth time we’ve seen Thor on screen – he appears in Avengers Assemble (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). I do love Marvel films, and the whole superhero thing, but not overly invested. When Thor was next to be adapted I was mostly happy that Idris Elba was cast as the all seeing Norse God, Heimdall. This is when colourblind casting works. (Quiet geeks). I’m not even going to pretend that I remember all the threads and tales of Thor’s journey as the superhero who looks like he belongs on...

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92% #OutOf100 ‘The Shape of Water’ BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review

Opening proceedings with a dreamy underwater scene full of floating furniture, ‘The Shape of Water’ which premiered at this years London Film Festival is a noir sci fi fantasy executed masterfully in typical abstract fashion by director Guillermo del Toro. He directs this unusual tale about a mute named Elisa (played by the superb Sally Hawkins – The Hollow Crown (2016); Paddington (2014)) who forms an unlikely relationship with a highly classified top secret creature. Elisa has become weary of her cleaner job within a US lab and craves for something to feel affectionate about. So when an unknown humanoid creature suddenly arrives at the lab she...

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75% #OutOf100 BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review ‘Bad lucky goat’

Filmed against the stunningly picturesque backdrop of Old Providence – the Caribbean island, Bad Lucky Goat is a dark comedy by Director-Screenwriter Samir Oliveros that explores the strained relationship between two siblings.  Corn played by Honlenny Huffington is the more spiritual of the two and passionate about playing his beloved harmonica, while his sister Rita played by Kiara Howard is swayed more by materialism and the typical things early teenage girls get up to. The movie starts with both protagonists sent out by their father to run errands for him. But things quickly turn for the worst when an unforeseen mishap occurs whilst driving...

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88% #OutOf100: Small Town Crime A Hugely Enjoyable Darkly Comic Neo-Noir Thriller.

Co-written and co-directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime is an engaging neo-noir melodrama which demonstrates respectful nods to Peter Yates’ Bullitt (1968) and Elmore Leonard. (Get Shorty, 1995, Jackie Brown, 1997, Out of Sight, 1998, Justified, 2010-15). Mike Kendall (John Hawkes – American Gangster, 2007, Lincoln, 2012, Deadwood, 2004-06) is in an unrepentant self-destructive downward spiral. His self-loathing only lets up around adopted sister Kelly Banks (Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces) or at any hint of getting his old job back, despite the active discouragement of his former colleagues (Michael Vartan, Alias, 2001-06, and Daniel...

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