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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    A priest, a black woman and a white home supplies salesman from the deep south walk into an empty motel........
    That's literally how it begins though everybody, even the bellboy are all harbouring deep and dark secrets in this absorbing and dark action neo-noir thriller.
    The priest in question is Father Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges), who is on the surface pleasant, accommodating but forgetful whilst the black woman is the very sweet and talented but struggling soul singer Darlene Sweet…

  • Hunter Killer

    Hunter Killer

    ★★

    An early indicator of my thoughts on this movie is that my brain is straining to explain the plot so here it is............
    A US submarine is stalking a Russian one somewhere in the deepest regions of the Atlantic. Suddenly the Russian submarine explodes and in the ensuing chaos the US submarine is attacked and destroyed by an unseen assailant.
    This understandably concerns the Admiralty back in the good old U.S of A so they send in another submarine to…

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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…

  • Replicas

    Replicas

    ★★

    Keanu Reeves plays neuroscientist Bill Foster who is currently working on uploading dead soldiers consciousness to a super robot in a lab somewhere in deepest darkest Puerto Rico actions which are represented pretty early on in the movie in a scene lifted straight out of Robocop 2 (1990).
    Things aren't going to plan, as not surprisingly their subjects are not taking too well to dying a human and waking up a cyborg.
    On his back is sneering company man Jones…