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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 of 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 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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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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