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The King’s Man Review

A blessing in disguise to see that the coronavirus pandemic had delayed The King’s Man from ever releasing properly. It was a sign of just how poor the quality of this latest Matthew Vaughn-directed piece was. It was not dumped online, so the faith producers had in this one to do well at the cinemas was either a misguided shakedown or a bit of tough love to throw at audiences just returning to the big screen. Either way, the dwindling quality of the Kingsman franchise has the enviable consistency that makes it simple to chart. The newer the release, the worse it is. That much can be said for the lifeless but mildly entertaining romps to be had with The King’s Man, a feature that, like the predecessors, relies on the big cast and the bigger events they find themselves thrown into.  

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

With a grand ensemble like this, it is clear to see that director Jon Watts is acting on the orders of Marvel. Cram the well-refined characters of the Sam Raimi universe and the not-so intensified versions of the Andrew Garfield features into the Marvel meat grinder. Chow down on a big bowl of nostalgia, where once defined characters come together for a big, boring blowout. The Multiverse was hyped up long before Spider-Man: No Way Home was ever announced, yet it is still, in the words of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) something we know “frighteningly little” about.  

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Enduring Love Review

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan,  Enduring Love is an interesting and unusual piece. Whilst out walking in the countryside Joe (Daniel Craig) and Claire (Samantha Morton) spot a hot air balloon piloted by a grandfather and his young grandson. A potentially deadly accident unfolds, the balloon ejects the grandfather and leaves the young boy watching on helplessly from the basket.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop Review

Banksy is a pretty interesting guy. I saw his Draw the Raised Bridge art when I first visited Hull last year. It was alright. Frankly, I’m not much of an art guy, but Banksy and his work crop up in my field of vision from time to time. Art pieces that shred themselves, famous looking statements sprayed onto areas that must have been truly terrifying to visit and an elusive public image that has left the majority of Earth wondering who he is. Well, I can categorically say that I am not Banksy, so that knocks at least one person off of the list. Exit Through the Gift Shop not only proves I’m not Banksy, but also details a feature documentary on his and Thierry Guetta’s relationship and work. 

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Notting Hill (1999) Review

Within the sub-genre of romantic comedies, there is another layer. Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, Hugh Grant dominated as the affable, always loveable lead in various romantic comedies. Four Weddings and a FuneralNotting Hill and Love Actually seem to be the trio that are remembered most fondly by fans of film. He jauntily thrust himself from screen to screen, wooing the leading lady in scenes of bumbling charisma. Grant is a great performer, iconic on British screens for churning out so many incredibly iconic performances, but Notting Hill is just a tad drab.

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Greenberg (2010) Review

Director Noah Baumbach has been riding rather a niche high these past few years. His latest endeavour with the Netflix original Marriage Story soared through audiences and critics with unanimous approval. Baumbach is no stranger to high approval ratings for his slice of life pieces of film, and try as I might to break free from middle class suburban America, I find myself stuck there once more with Greenberg 

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