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A Week In Film #563 Buffalo soldiering

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Back To The Future: Part II
The one in the future! Sporting almanac! No more Crispin Glover!

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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
I don’t think there could have been a better filmic introduction to Hergé’s world than this. I’m sure it has some purists pissing blood, but for me it works.

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Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie
Quite amusing broad comedy with our eponymous protagonist somehow being sent to America as an art expert. HILARITY ENSUES!

Back To The Future: Part III title screen
Back To The Future: Part III
The one in the Old West! Flying train! Doc finds love!

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Dunkirk (2017)
Revisited it for the first time since the cinema. Darker than I remembered it. Elegant structure and very smartly scored.

A Week In Film #457: Five fingers

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Spy
Melissa McCarthy teaming up with her frequent director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) in a pleasant, more-of-the-same kind of movie – here as a backroom CIA analyst sent out into the field in a crisis. With Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney and Bobby Cannavale.

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Spielberg’s motion capture take on Hergé’s classic cmic strip has really grow on me. So too have the script, by Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, blending together numerous books and countless back stories into a single, rip-roaring adventure.

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Mr Nice
Hardly a terrible film version of the truth-bending autobiography of a cheery dope smuggler, but far short of a classic, which is a shame given it’s directed by Bernard Paperhouse Rose. With Rhys Ifans in the lead as Howard Marks.

Dunkirk
Certainly a powerful take on the Operation Dynamo beachhead, but IMO not the emotional sledgehammer the marketing tried to sell it as. Christopher Nolan’s structure work is faultless, though.

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Mission: Impossible III
JJ Abrams wrenches the franchise back on track after the nonsense of the first sequel; some great set pieces (Vatican, escape from custody) with top new characters (Billy Crudup, Simon Pegg).

A Week In Film #394: Guys’ Nights Unlimited

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn title screen
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Definitely growing on me, this motion-capture franchise launch by Spielberg.

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Madagascar
So-so animated fast food for kids, with Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer voicing a quartet of New York zoo animals accidentally transported to the Indian Ocean island that gives the movie its name. Perfunctory plot but held together by memorable background characters like the escape-minded penguins, and Sacha Cohen Baron as the king of the lemurs.

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Tighter sequel plays to the strengths of the original – a lot more King Julien, again directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.

A Week In Film #320: Crimble

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Other People’s Money
Fun diatribe against finance capital from Norman Jewison, with Danny DeVito as diminutive corporate raider Larry the Liquidator doing his best to asset strip cuddly manufacturing capitalist Gregory Peck’s small-town factory.

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The Polar Express
So-so Christmas-themed kids’ CGI fantasy from Robert Zemeckis, with Tom Hanks in multiple parts.

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Shadow Run
Seriously, one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, and it’s a DVD I asked for. Definitely from the ‘bills to pay’ column of Michael Caine’s career balance sheet – here he’s a blagger tasked with pulling off a heist by mob boss James Fox. A really boring, tediously drawn-out and dull heist that makes no plausible sense, with odd, extended on-location stuff in and around Gloucester cathedral. Really, really no good at all.

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Runaway Train
Awesome prison break flick from Andrei Konchalovsky, with Jon Voight as archetypal antihero Manny, rolling the dice one last time with a desperate attempt to escape his Alaskan gaol cell before vindictive warden John P Ryan can have him rubbed out. Eric Roberts peaked early as naïve young con who tags along for the ride. Satisfyingly grim.

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The Unauthorised Saved By The Bell Story
Frankly dull biopic about the teen sitcom, which manages to make a boring show seem even more boring, with no intrigue or scandal of any kind.

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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
I’m not as agin this as I was the first time I saw it – a mashup of The Crab With The Golden Claws, The Secret Of The Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure in a motion-capture CGI stylee – and at least the scriptwriters (Steven Moffatt, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish) are clearly doing to it from a place of love.