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  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★½

    At the turn of the 20th century, the dishevelled and opium-addicted Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) via some underhanded tactics makes his way onto a remote Welsh island which is the home of a mysterious, hard-line cult led by the charismatic Malcolm Howe (Michael Sheen).
    His chief enforcer on the island is the unyieldingly puritanical Quinn (Mark Lewis Jones).
    Thomas's purpose on the island is his desire to liberate his younger sister Jennifer (Elen Rhys) from the cults deadly grip as…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a low-key handyman with a stoic, somewhat emotionless demeanour. He fixes up apartments on the outskirts of Boston, has little contact with anyone, occasionally gets drunk and picks bar fights.
    Why would anyone want to live like this you wonder? I mean there's being socially awkward and there's this.
    One day he gets a call telling him that his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) is gravely ill from congestive heart failure and he rushes back…

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  • Summer of 84

    Summer of 84

    ★★★★

    Directed by a trio of newcomers (François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell) and starring a host of unknowns I must admit the only real thing that attracted me to 'Summer of 84' was the cover art which in my experience is usually pretty misleading.
    Let's be honest both the film and TV market has for some time now been awash to the point of saturation with 80's set or inspired horrors, comedies, dramas etc to such an extent that nostalgic…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    Oh dear.
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
    I could just leave it at that as a review as it just about sums up my feelings on this, to put it mildly, ill-advised entry into the perennially disappointing Predator franchise.
    A Predator ship crash lands conveniently right into the middle of an American black ops mission in deepest, darkest South America.
    Captain Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) is the only man to survive and presumably due to his lack of faith…