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Over the Hedge Review

Follow these rats and swine unto the great unknown, the song of Over the Hedge plays over and over. It is not the exact lyric, but it is close enough. Possums and skunks and squirrels may not be perceived as the best of friends, but this ill-remembered nostalgia box of light comedy would have you think so. They are desperate to survive the harsh realities of winter and to do so must rely on RJ (Bruce Willis) to guide them through neighbourhoods of fine food. Knock-off Doritos because Dreamworks couldn’t secure the license are the golden ticket for a raccoon who has usurped a bear, Vincent (Nick Nolte), and his hibernation plan.

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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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Spider-Man 3 Review

How far can one man fall? Surely Spider-Man 3 is not the car crash audiences remember it as. But, then, it is easy to consider it such considering how unfulfilled and frustrated Sam Raimi sounds. Development hell spins its way through the final instalment of the famed and acclaimed Raimi trilogy, and it is hard to ignore. Too much to show, too little time to show it. Spider-Man 3 is an ambitious feature, but it is hard to escape the issues at hand. The lack of focus on one, core villain, and the aimless development that follows is too much to handle. We must instead ride the waves as they come, some will knock us overboard, but trust in Raimi to deliver us through a comical, interesting feature that leaves us hanging around hoping for more.  

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Tombstone Review

Collating Kurt Russel and Val Kilmer on the dusty streets of Tombstone is a pairing that is both unlikely, but sheer perfection. Tombstone, directed by the great George P. Cosmatos, is a Hollywood western releasing decades after the initial boom of the genre. With the potential to revive the classic western format, however briefly, it’s nice to see that the efforts of Cosmatos, Russel and Kilmer don’t go to waste, as they bring together one of the better westerns of the post-boom period. Re-telling the build-up and events of the infamous Gunfight at OK Corral, Tombstone is a fantastic achievement that shows no matter how overdone a genre may be, you can still pool something incredible together with the right cast and crew.

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Sideways Review

Will I turn into someone as pretentious, annoying and self-loathing as Paul Giamatti’s character in Sideways? I like to think I’m already there, and can go beyond how gratingly upset and miserable Miles is for the duration of this Alexander Payne directed piece. Considered to be one of the modern American classics, Sideways pairs up two somewhat likeable, yet wholly flawed characters, on a week of wine country exploration. Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is obsessed with having one last week of freedom before tying the knot, whilst Miles is still reeling from a divorce, a pending book deal and the general horrors of depression and anxiety that plague his life. 

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