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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My Friend Dahmer (2017) – Review

Jeffrey Dahmer (Ross Lynch) is a young student, seemingly struggling to get to grips with his time in high-school and the problems it can present along the way. Not only this, but his family home is in turmoil too, with an extremely temperamental Mother (Anne Heche), and pretty uninterested Father (Dallas Roberts), going through the early stages of a divorce. Overall, a watchable film that blends various different genres but probably doesn’t warrant a second viewing on the whole.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Planet of the Apes (1968) – Review

In the year A.D 3978, a spaceship and its small crew unexpectedly crash land on a distant planet. Upon wandering the unknown landscape for some time, the crew then learn that mute humans reside there, along with an intelligent race of talking apes, who regard themselves as the original beings and will do absolutely anything to keep humans suppressed. An all-time great that still stands up rather memorably in 2022. It’s worth noting that Planet of the Apes is currently streaming on Disney+.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Sicario 2 (2018) – Review

This sequel sees CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) return to enlist a mysterious operative, known to us as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), to investigate a Mexican drug cartel that has been smuggling terrorists into the United States of America, emphasised greatly by a suicide bombing in a Kansas City grocery store, killing fifteen innocent civilians in the process. Their actions, however, escalate the cartel situation on the whole, resulting in various double crossings and the occasional kidnapping. A worthy film but one that in some peoples eyes, didn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of its predecessor.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Westworld (1973) – Review

The Delos amusement park provides rich vacationers a way out of their normal, stagnated lifestyle, so that they can live out their fantasies through the use of android robots that will provide them with anything they want. Peter (Richard Benjamin) and John (James Brolin) choose a wild west adventure which sees the pair being stalked by a robotic Gunslinger (Yul Brynner) that malfunctions after a computer breakdown. Not a film I’d recommend strongly but there are certainly worse ways of spending an evening.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Anastasia (1956) – Review

A group of Russian exiles in Paris, France, come together to try and collect a ten-million-pound inheritance from the Bank of England, by grooming a destitute, out of sorts, young girl named Anna Koreff (Ingrid Bergman), to eventually pose as heir to the Russian throne. The group, fronted by General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine (Yul Brynner), do such a convincing job that the girl quickly believes that she is the real Anastasia all along. Their ultimate fate is to be decided by the Empress (Helen Hayes), who is extremely skeptical of the situation. A classic cinematic release, dating back over sixty years, that received more than one Oscar nomination.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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John Wick 3 (2019) – Review

When John Wick (Keanu Reeves) guns down a member of the prestigious high table on restricted grounds, the elite assassin finds himself stripped off all protection and wondering around with a huge bounty on his head. Wick must work his way through the streets of New York and beyond with the world’s most ruthless and sadistic killers trailing him. This is the third movie of the John Wick series and much like the previous two, it is a terrific advert for action movies of today.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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John Wick 2 (2017) – Review

When John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself bound to a debt he must repay, he ultimately accepts an offer of a job in Rome, despite his heavy reluctance. When the job is finished however, he becomes victim of a double-crossing and must escape while he still has his life in his own hands. This is the second movie of the John Wick series and much like the first, it’s a terrific advert for modern day action movies.  

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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