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MOVIE REVIEW: LA 92 (2017)

In 1992, a Black Los Angeles resident named Rodney King was brutally beaten by white police officers during an arrest. The attack by the officers was recorded and the video was viewed far and wide. The officers were tried but found innocent, highlighting the insidious systemic racism within the Los Angeles police force even in the face of incontrovertible evidence. This ignited a fury amongst Black Angelenos that lead to 6 days of violent rioting and looting.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Three Identical Strangers (2018)

In 1980 three young New Yorkers discovered that they had all been separately adopted as infants and were in fact a triplet. At first Robert, Eddie and David’s discovery of each other is a blast. They go on all the talk shows, they revel in their similarities and use their newfound fame to indulge in a life of wine, women and song.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Onto the second film in our Avengers marathon!

When inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) become aware that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother – may be trapped in the quantum realm, they have no choice but to turn to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon. He is also a bit of an arrogant dickhead. After a terrible car crash he loses the use of his hands and plunges into a dark depression, until he hears about a man who was healed from near total paralysis. Dr Strange decides to travel to Kamar-Taj to meet with a group of mystics who may be able to help him.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Four Christmases (2008)

Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughan) have focused their whole relationship on fun. They don’t have heavy conversations, marriage and kids are off the table and they avoid their dysfunctional families at Christmas at all costs. But when the two are spotted on TV trapped in San Francisco after a spate of flight cancellations they are forced to reconsider. Now they’ll have to fit in four different Christmases with their divorced parents and hope their relationship survives the day.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Happy Death Day (2017)

On the morning of her birthday, college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) wakes up in a stranger’s dorm room. She can’t remember much from the night before but that’s not unusual for her. So she heads back to her sorority, snubs her roommate’s attempts to celebrate her birthday and continues her illicit affair with her professor. Unfortunately her birthday party doesn’t quite go to plan and she is murdered by someone in a mask. Not such a happy birthday.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

As it’s October and Halloween season, Mr O and I have decided to watch a few “scary” movies. It’s not our usual favourite genre but we both love Halloween so we thought, why not? Our first pick was British horror comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez.

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MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

All former elite assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to do is retire in peace with his dog and his car and reminisce about his lost past with his late wife. Unfortunately Camarro leader, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio ) has called in a chip that must be satisfied if John will have any chance of a future.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder (2017)

Wonder follows a year in the life of the Pullman family as youngest child, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) attends school for the first time. Up until fifth grade Auggie has been homeschooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) because he was born with a genetic facial deformity that has resulted in multiple surgeries and looking different from other children.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad (2016)

I didn’t see Suicide Squad when it came out because I was knee deep in nappies and then the reviews were awful. When it recently arrived on Netflix I thought how bad could it possibly be… I mean maybe it will be fun…

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Kiwi best mates, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) have not been successful in love. What they have been successful in is creating a unique business where they’ll break up with your significant other for you for a fee.

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MOVIE REVEW: Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. I can think of no example more apt than the relationship between the Broberg Family and their neighbour Joe Berchtold that is depicted in this Netflix original documentary.

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MOVIE REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World (2019)

If you had told me before I had children that the majority of my cinema trips would be to see animated films, I would have scoffed. Now that Little O is old enough to go to the cinema though, taking him to see something he might enjoy is a lot of fun. Although he doesn’t really get a lot of movie etiquette it’s worth him shouting “this is amazing” at the top of his lungs and letting him eat all my popcorn to see his excitement. Our latest watch was How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World… or in Little O’s words “Dragon Movie”.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

I feel like I need to take responsibility that it was my idea to watch this film. Mr O and I don’t get loads of time to watch films and we are offered really exhausted in the evenings and not willing to commit to a whole film. On New Years Eve day (not that that is actually a thing) we actually got a day to ourselves. Little O was at nursery from 10 – 3, I was off work and we had no plans so we decided to sit down to a film. I thought Justice League would be fun. I was very wrong.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Dolly Parton obsessed Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) comes from a small pagent obsessed town in Texas. And no one is more obsessed than Willowdean’s mother, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) a former Miss Bluebonnet and current pagent director. Willowdean and Rosie have never quite gotten each other. Willowdean thinks pageants are pointless and Rosie feels disconnected from her overweight daughter.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The Pierce family loves Christmas and always has done. Dad, Doug (Oliver Hudson) is at the heart of their traditions, including recording them on his old school camcorder. (The fact that a camcorder is old school makes me feel very old). When Doug dies, mum Claire (Kimberley Williams-Paisley) has to pick up the slack at work and kids Teddy (Judah Lewis) and Kate (Darby Camp) are left somewhat at loose ends.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016)

I have quite mixed feelings about Bridget Jones as a… concept. I read the first and second novels. I liked the first one. The second one was ridiculous. It is much the same with the films and in an unusual turn of events I actually prefer the onscreen incarnation of Bridget to the book version. I think my biggest problem is that I have never really found any of Bridget’s male leads appealing. The most recent film has just landed on UK Netflix so I decided to give it a go. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

Mr O is an absolutely massive Star Trek fan. He can watch less than 10 seconds of any episode of any series and tell you what it is called and what happens. I honestly think if there was some kind of call for this in the world then we would make millions. Unfortunately there isn’t, so we’ll have to continue life on the ropier end of middle class. Anyway, I digress. This film landed when Little O was extremely small so despite Mr O’s great love of all things Star Trek we did not get to see it until it recently appeared on Netflix.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

After their gig is cancelled a struggling punk band reluctantly agrees to play at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. When they accidentally witness a murder they are forced to fight their way out or face certain death.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool 2

I made no secret of the fact that I liked but did not love the first Deadpool film. However when Mr O and I recently got the rare opportunity to go to the cinema I decided more Deadpool was a better option than Solo, which was the other option Mr O gave me.

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