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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Get Out (2017)
20/3/17
Terrific modern horror thriller with a touch of satire and social commentary. Taken to meet the parents of his girlfriend, a black man soon finds himself in a world that doesn't sit right and it becomes apparent that all is not well in this household. Gripping, witty and smart, this will have you gasping for breath from the shocks and surprises.Immensely entertaining.
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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
19/3/17
Fascinating documentary about Rodriguez, a 70's folk singer who made two albums that flopped and then, as legend has it, committed suicide on stage.In South Africa, the singer was a superstar and two fans decide to find out the truth about the man, finding that the legends are false. A perfect example of the power of the documentary.
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
Carry on Jack (1963)
19/3/17
Another early entry from the Carry On team have a scaled-down cast with only regulars Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey on board for this romp around the oceans during the war against the Spanish Armada. Bernard Cribbins and Juliet Mills enjoy the silliness of the script which isn't as innuendo filled as usual but has plenty of gentle British laughs to enjoy.
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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
19/3/17
A glorious, crowd-pleasing live action revamp of the 1990 Disney classic animation, with Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Big, lavish musical numbers bring a smile to the face, and although enormously entertaining, the CGI lets the side down with a distracting beast. Luke Evans and Josh Gad steal the show as Gaston and his camp companion, Le Fou. Delightful.
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People who added this item 1841 Average listal rating (1190 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.9
18/3/17
This first sequel to the B-movie The Fast & The Furious is lacking the lunacy that has filled the later sequels and looks rather flat and boring in comparison. Paul Walker returns (less Vin Diesel) to take on a Miami drugs lord with the help from Tyrese Gibson and some fast cars. John Singleton directs and it's hard to believe that this is the same man who gave us Boyz N The Hood.
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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 2.1 IMDB Rating 0
15/3/17
Appalling horror in which a family end up at an inn and are drawn into a cult. The opening seems to be made up of landscape passing by from the view of a moving car, while the acting is excruciatingly dire, particularly Manos, who roams around in a black robe while women in white roll around the floor. And then I woke up!
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
14/3/17
Sequel to the hugely successful Shaft sees Richard Roundtree back as the private eye, this time dealing with corrupt politicians and the mob. A little baggy in places and it misses the Isaac Hayes score. The extended chase sequence at the end is exciting but the film doesn't match the original, even though Roundtree is still super cool.
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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Logan's Run (1976)
13/3/17
Logan's Run is a futuristic film set in a world of pleasure where your life is perfect until you are 30, then you are, quite frankly, killed. Michael York is sent on a mission to find out what is beyond the walls of their enclosed world. In places it looks like a 70's vision of the future and comes across kitsch, yet it's thoroughly entertaining.
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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Lunchbox (2013)
12/3/17
Perfectly charming tale from India, about a lunchbox that is delivered to the wrong person, triggering a long distance friendship between a lonely mother and an accountant on the verge of retiring. Nicely played, it wins you over with its simplicity with the two leads oozing charisma, while the unseen Auntie from upstairs almost steals the film. Delightful.
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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
12/3/17
Plot wise this might be a mess and the warblings of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood may not be up to the standard of other musicals yet there is something extremely fun watching two of the screen's hardest men singing about Wandrin' Stars and talking to trees. The energy from all is infectious and it's a perfect way to pass a Sunday afternoon.
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People who added this item 2244 Average listal rating (1489 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
12/3/17
First class crime drama set in the 1940's as police corruption, Hollywood glamour and murder clash in Curtis Hanson's gripping thriller. With a cast on top form and Kim Basinger winning an Oscar, this has rightly become a classic and has stood the test of time, 20 years later.Complex storytelling at its best. A masterpiece.
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
11/3/17
Those expecting a remake of the 1933 classic will be sorely disappointed. This is a blockbuster film with the heart of a B-movie, as scientists and soldiers head to a mysterious island to discover its the home of a giant ape. Impressive to look at with some terrific action sequences, the script is terrible and the humans one-dimensional but you cannot help but enjoy this nonsense.
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People who added this item 217 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
42nd Street (1933)
9/3/17
Classic musical drama about the ups and downs of a Broadway production with an ill director, a temperamental lead actress and a naive newcomer. This realistic look at theatre life includes the now famous 20-minute show routine directed by Busby Berkley.With plenty of biting, sassy dialogue, this was the film that saved Warner Bros and it's just as good now as it was in the 30's.
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
The Wolfpack (2015)
8/3/17
Fascinating if somewhat bizarre documentary about a group of six brothers who live in a small apartment in New York, with a passion for film that they recreate due to their father's insistence they never leave their home. until one day the boys grow up and start thinking for themselves. Odd but deeply interesting.
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People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6
7/3/17
It's hard to believe that Steven Seagal was once called the new Clint Eastwood. Here he's as wooden as the table I am sitting at, as a cop with mob connections, trying to track down the rogue mobster who killed his friend. The script is littered with the F-bombs as if it's a new word the writer had learnt the day he wrote this predictable and unexciting film.
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People who added this item 767 Average listal rating (512 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Hunt (2012)
5/3/17
I haven't been so emotionally involved in a film in a long time. Mads Mikkelsen is magnificent as the school teacher whose life is turned upside down after a little lie develops into false accusations and the destruction of a man. Shocking, gut-wrenching, this had me hooked from start to finish and will probably stay with me for a very long time. Incredible.
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People who added this item 225 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
5/3/17
Superb thriller about two brothers who are committing bank robberies while a wily old ranger is on their trail. With an unconventional storyline and the feel of a 70's slice of Americana, this is full of things that work, from the excellent performances to the stunning cinematography. Jeff Bridges is as good as ever and it's Chris Pine's best performance yet.
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6
10 (1979)
4/3/17
Blake Edwards' celebrated sex comedy still manages to create a smile as Dudley Moore goes through the mid-life crisis and finds he has fallen for newly-wed Bo Derek. A heady mix of slapstick and adult conversation, it may feel slightly dated due to Henry Mancini's easy listening soundtrack but thanks to Moore's comic timing, the laughs are still there.
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People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Logan (2017)
3/3/17
Related more to the western than to comic book superhero movies, this swansong for the Wolverine is less about huge, colourful set pieces and more about a man coping with age and forced to become a protector. Hugh Jackman has lived as Wolverine for 17 years and so now is allowed to really become the character. A bold, brutal blistering bow-out that takes the superhero movie to another level.
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People who added this item 363 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Wild Tales (2014)
2/3/17
Outstanding film in which we have six tales of revenge. Wildly imaginative with an unbelievable streak of jet black humour, we get tales of road rage, hatred against parking and a wedding that goes badly wrong. Each tale is as shocking, surprising and brilliantly executed. One of my favourite movies of 2015, it has now enter the realms of one of my favourite films of all time.
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People who added this item 6444 Average listal rating (4317 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
X-Men (2000)
1/3/17
The first of the now hugely successful series sees how Wolverine joined the mutants and their battles with the humans and with Magneto. The effects look somewhat dated now but the film is one of the best superhero movies, as it doesn't always rely on wham-bam action sequences, instead, this has a smart script and solid understanding of the characters by director Bryan Singer.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
28/2/17
Imaginative revamping of the old zombie apocalypse story as a group led by soldier Paddy Considine, are trying to find somewhere to survive. Along for the journey is Melanie, a girl who has the infection but could be the key to the future. Shocking yet intelligent with a terrific performance from newcomer Sennia Nanua.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
25/2/17
Early entry from the Carry On team that gives a good indication on the direction the series would be going. Workaholic Sid James runs a cab company who finds unexpected competition. Very dated in its depiction of women but the energy of the cast and some cheap laughs still makes it watchable, even if the sexual politics are a little dubious.
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People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
23/2/17
Warren Beatty's remake of Here Comes Mr Jordon is a delightful light comedy about a football player who dies too soon and so is given his life back but in the form of a hated millionaire. A terrific supporting cast helps this zip along with joy and Dave Grusin's score helps with the general mood. One of Beatty's best films.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
23/2/17
A superb rites-of-passage tale as single mother Annette Bening copes with the pressures of her dysfunctional household and her teenage son during 1979. Brimming with interesting, well-rounded characters, smart dialogue and a first-rate punk soundtrack, this is a delight from start to finish and well worth checking out.
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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 3.1 IMDB Rating 4.5
Shut In (2016)
23/2/17
Considering the people who appear in this tension-free thriller, this is terrible. A child psychologist, living alone with her catatonic stepson, finds things aren't quite right in her home when a young patient of hers goes missing. A script that is both far too complicated gets weighted down with awful dialogue and even Naomie Watts cannot save this laughably bad film.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
23/2/17
For the first time ever, I really don't know where to start. Bizarre doesn't even cover it. A father and son who run a disco tour company fall for the same girl while a greasy strangler is on the loose. Sex, violence, extremely bad acting, dire script and cheap effects. Yet, like a car crash at the side of the road...you know you shouldn't look...
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
21/2/17
The extraordinary documentary about Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who makes sense of the world by watching Disney animations. Heart-warming, touching and consistently fascinating, this is one of those films that deservedly has the label "Must see!". With imaginative use of animations, we watch this incredible young man change through life because of film. Amazing.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
20/2/17
Disappointing fantasy adventure from the visionary director of House of Flying Daggers. Matt Damon is badly miscast as a mercenary who joins the protectors of the Great Wall of China from hordes of monstrous creatures. Costumes and production are high but the story is lacking and it becomes forgettable very quickly.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
19/2/17
Carol Reed thriller with Claire Bloom as a young English girl visiting her brother in West Berlin, played by James Mason, who finds herself caught in a web of intrigue with a smooth East Berliner determined to escape to the West. A complex that, because of its director, has flashes of the same quality of his classic, The Third Man.
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.1
19/2/17
Lightweight comedy drama with Shirley Temple as a free-spirited teenager who is forced to return to her family home, led by town priest Robert Young, only to find her attitude to women's issues and art could lead to trouble. A gentle film that manages to have something to say about how women are treated without getting too heavy.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
18/2/17
Heartbreaking docu-drama which uses the audio tapes of teacher John Hull, as he slowly becomes blind, to tell the story of how his world and the people within are affected. A film full of hope as well as deep sadness, with a unique approach to documentary filmmaking. Terrific use of sight and sound.
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
18/2/17
Bigger, longer and louder doesn't always help a movie. Keanu Reeves returns as the hitman everyone fears, except here they don't. A ludicrous plot with more violence that after a while becomes repetitive. Some interesting elements (The Continental Hotel, for example)and Reeves still amazes with his fight skills but it's not half as entertaining as the first film.
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People who added this item 55 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 3.6 IMDB Rating 4.8
18/2/17
Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't the car crash everyone expected thanks to some neat touches from director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Now she's gone, this is a more pedestrian sequel that lacks any plot whatsoever, comes across incredibly soapy and is about as erotic as watching eating a KFC! The script is laughable and it's just plain dull.
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People who added this item 1668 Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
17/2/17
Wes Anderson's bizarre journey through India as three warring brothers travel a train to find themselves after their father's death. The plot is a mess, the events are surreal yet the performances are fun and you can't help but be drawn in by Anderson's keen eye and his unique filmmaking style. Not his best by a long shot but still far more interesting than most directors.
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Founder (2016)
16/2/17
Fascinating story of the man who ruthlessly took away a dream from two brothers and turned it into his own personal empire. Michael Keaton storms it as Ray Kroc in this tale of one man's American dream and how he would do anything to achieve it. Somehow it seems more relevant now than I guess the filmmakers thought it would be.
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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
15/2/17
DC take note. This is how you make a decent Batman movie. The laughs come even before the opening logos start, this delivers self-referential gag after self-referential gag, taking swipes at previous Batman movies while adding enough material on its own merit. Loses it's way a little by the end and isn't as good as The Lego Movie, it still puts other modern comedies to shame.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Trip (1967)
14/2/17
Peter Fonda is a TV commercial director in the midst of a divorce who is persuaded to push his troubles to one side for a night taking LSD. The result is a trippy, psychedelic movie that lacks one important strand...a plot. Directed by Roger Corman and written by Jack Nicholson, this is more a visual nightmare than an examination into the effects of the drug.
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14/2/17
This live-action version of the classic children's book is as odd as the stories it's telling. With a strong cast of British greats including Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, it captures the strange world that Alice enters with aplomb, while John Barry's score sounds more like a Bond movie than most Bond movies.
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People who added this item 457 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
14/2/17
I make no bones about it, I love this movie. I can never understand why Janeane Garofalo was never a bigger star after this and I never really got how anyone could not find her attractive. Still, it makes me smile, has a terrific soundtrack and is up there with the very best rom coms (and there are not that many).
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.5
13/2/17
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a masterpiece of horror. This isn't. Tobe Hooper's sequel is as far removed from his 1974 original as you can get. Gone is the grimy, disturbing atmosphere to be replaced by loud, bizarre nonsense that is flowing with gore while turns Leatherface from a terrifying menace to a bumbling, love-struck fool. Dreadful.
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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Lion (2016)
12/2/17
Truly remarkable film based on the true story of a man, brought up in Australia, searching for his real home and real mother in India by using Google Earth. Heartbreaking, uplifting and inspirational, it has one of the best performances from a child actor and Dev Patel is superb as the older version. Superb.
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.4
Ashanti (1979)
12/2/17
Michael Caine rates this as his worst film. It's not his worst but it's not good either. A UN doctor is kidnapped by slave traders in Africa which leads Caine to track down her missing wife. Clumsy, laughable script with some terrible stereotypes and Peter Ustinov's miscasting as the chief slave dealer. Watchable only to see how bad it gets.
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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
10/2/17
A film looking for an identity. Tina Fey plays an American journalist sent to Afghanistan and finds herself lost in a world she doesn't understand. Part factual drama, part comedy, it's the strength of the leading lady and the supporting cast that keeps the film interesting, yet as a piece of satire, it lacks the well-needed bite.
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People who added this item 655 Average listal rating (492 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
John Wick (2014)
9/2/17
This slam-bang action film shouldn't work on any level and yet it delivers the impressive fight sequences with such aplomb that you cannot help but be impressed. Keanu Reeves has managed to reinvigorate his career as the ex-hitman out for revenge. A sleeper hit at the time, which has grown in popularity to deserve a sequel.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
9/2/17
Oscar-winning drama with Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn as the elderly couple spending time at their lakeside retreat, where they are joined by daughter Jane Fonda, whose relationship with her father is tarnished. Charming, gentle and occasionally funny, this ticks all the boxes if you want a film that you can simply float along with.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
8/2/17
80's British drama based on the early schooldays of Guy Burgess, one of the Cambridge Spies. Rupert Everett reprises his stage role as the unconventional homosexual who refuses to play the game that his public school wants him to play. A very young Colin Firth and Cary Elwes also star. Interesting.
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People who added this item 517 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
It Follows (2014)
6/2/17
A genuinely creepy horror that is a warning about being too promiscuous. Heavily influenced by John Carpenter's Halloween, this tale of a girl who, after having sex with a virtual stranger, finds she is being stalked by the dead, will have you looking around the edge of the screen for the slow walkers heading towards her. Original and scary.
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People who added this item 1682 Average listal rating (1086 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
6/2/17
No matter what you think of the excruciating sequels, the original was genuinely funny, as we first get to meet the odd job of characters allowed to enter the police force. Crude, low-rank comedy that, compared to some of the comedies released now, this is a masterpiece. The podium scene is still hilarious.
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People who added this item 862 Average listal rating (466 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Chaplin (1992)
5/2/17
A film of mixed feelings. On the one hand, Robert Downey Jr's performance is impeccable, managing to capture a master clown, supported by a starry and able cast under Richard Attenborough's workmanlike direction. On the other hand, the story, instead of focusing on the legend's work, treads too much into his personal life and it all feels a little like sensationalism.
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Looking forward to Silence.

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