Jason Bourne

UK Release Date – 27th July 2016 Jason Bourne is an uninspired re-tread buoyed by an almost incessant supply of tense, well-executed action sequences. The fifth entry in the Bourne franchise includes the much-vaunted return of Matt Damon, having been absent for the tepid fourth film, The Bourne Legacy. Damon brings his typical hard-edged physicality…

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Ghostbusters

UK Release Date – 15th July 2016 Neither a dud worthy of the torrent of criticism sparked by the trailer, nor a classic on par with the original, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot provides enough fun to vindicate its own production. Following in the vein of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original, Ghostbusters follows four scientists (well, three…

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Independence Day: Resurgence

UK Release Date – 24th June 2016 Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi sequel is predictably vapid, emotionally tone-deaf, and the dizzying orgy of CGI does little to mask its glaring missteps. The original Independence Day (1996) saw a rag-tag team of American heroes, helmed by Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, battle and defeat an invading…

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When Marnie Was There

UK Release Date – 10th June 2016 The seemingly final film from legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is more low-key than many of its predecessors, but sparkles nonetheless with its own quiet brilliance. When Marnie Was There, as with much of Ghibli’s oeuvre, has the feel of a fairy-tale. Adapted from an English novel…

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The Nice Guys

UK Release Date – 3rd June 2016 The Nice Guys, a pseudo-noir buddy comedy from director Shane Black, pairs world-weary Russell Crowe with a dishevelled Ryan Gosling in a partnership which effervesces with comic chemistry. The film feels in many ways a successor to Black’s 2005 effort, the sharp, funny, and deconstructive Kiss Kiss, Bang…

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Everybody Wants Some!!

Release Date – 13th May 2016 Everybody Wants Some is an aimless but enjoyable comedy which charms while failing to excite. The latest film from Boyhood director Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some follows a group of college baseball players in the days leading up to the start of the academic year. There is little in…

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