Chisum (1970) – Review

As one of the original founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum (John Wayne) is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on the local stores, bank and general land, using questionable means in the process. Chisum, along with a fellow rancher, tries to use the law to stop this from happening, but confrontation starts weighing in on the feud, which then involves characters such as Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett) and Billy the Kid (Geoffrey Deuel). A visually appealing movie that features an effective storyline too.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Rain Man (1988) – Review

After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie Babbit (Tom Cruise) returns home to Cincinnati to try and capture the three-million-dollar fortune left in his father’s will. Unbeknownst to Charlie however, the money has actually been left to the mental institution that houses Raymond Babbit (Dustin Hoffman), the estranged sibling of Charlie. Motivated highly by his father’s money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility and the pair embark on a journey that may alter both of their lives. A great film that still manages to stand the test of time, despite being released over thirty years ago.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Gold (2022) – Review

Set in the not-too-distant future, a drifter known only as Man One (Zac Efron), finds himself traveling through the desert with another man, known only as Man Two (Anthony Hayes), before stumbling across a golden nugget that could change both of their lives forever. The duo hatch a plan for one of them to protect the nugget while the other goes and collects the equipment needed to excavate the loot – can the protector endure the harsh conditions the desert presents? Gold certainly starts and ends well but suffers a little with a slow and uneventful midpoint. It’s worth noting that Gold is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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All the Old Knives (2022) – Review

Two CIA Agents and former lovers, Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) and Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton), are drafted back together years after a failed and traumatic rescue mission that involved the hijacking of a plane by international terrorists. Henry is sent to interview Celia and quiz her on her part of the mission, with the pair discussing the case over dinner. Through multiple perspectives, timelines, and interviews, Henry, and Celia hope to find out what truly transpired that day. This spy thriller is certainly one to watch, but not if you’re hoping for a night of fiery and intense action. All the Old Knives is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Deep Water (2022) – Review

Vic van Allen (Ben Affleck) and Melina van Allen (Ana de Armas) are a wealthy couple with a young daughter, struggling in a seemingly loveless relationship, only held together by the bond of marriage and messiness of a potential divorce. Melinda is an attractive and daring woman that insists on pushing the boundaries with multiple affairs, but these infuriate her husband, who begins to take stern action. An unusual thriller that could have been much better than what eventually transpired.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Gray Man (2022) – Review

A highly skilled assassin known only as Six (Ryan Gosling), is part of the deep-cover Sierra program constructed by the CIA and is widely regarded as the best in the business. However, after a mission goes wrong, Six finds himself on the run from his own employer, with sociopathic former agent Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) at the front of the queue when it comes to trying to track down Six. This big budget, highly anticipated Netflix release hit our screens on the 15th July 2022 and is certainly one to watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Review

It’s the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles, California, and a fading television star named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), tries his hand at gaining success in the movie business, along with his long-time friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). The pair begin to slog their way through an industry that is quickly becoming alien to them, while later becoming unwittingly entangled in the infamous Charles Manson family saga in the process. In a year of top tier releases, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be the best of the bunch.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Hot Summer Nights (2017) – Review

In the summer of 1991, a reclusive and sheltered teenage boy called Daniel (Timothee Chalamet) comes of age during the wild few months he spends on Cape Cod in the United States, gaining money from selling marijuana to anybody that would buy the product. Daniel falls in love for the first time and spends the majority of his time partying, before eventually realising that he is in over his head. Hot Summer Nights was released in 2017 and stands out as one of the finest releases of that year.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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