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The busiest month of the year so far with a huge variety of films ranging from the disposable to a  couple of instant classics.

We Are Your Friends: A story about friendship and loyalty.  Zac Efron and Wes Bentley impress as an up and coming DJ and a jaded superstar respectively.  At its best when they are making music.We Are Your Friends

Straight Outta Compton: Story of pioneers of Gangsta Rap NWA.  The story is by the numbers and very sympathetic towards its characters but is hugely entertaining and enjoyable.Straight Outta Compton

The Transporter Refuelled: Pointless remake of a franchise that has already been stretched too thin.the transporter Ed Skreintake

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A high-school student and armature filmmakers is forced by his mother to befriend a girl diagnosed with leukaemia. The pair become friends for real and result in a film that manages to funny at the same time as being heartfelt and touching.  The film reference will amuse movie fans and go over the heads of others.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

American Ultra: A stoner comedy crossed with a spy/hitman thriller.  Some great scenes but not always as funny as it should be.  Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are great together as they were in Adventureland.American Ultra

Ricki And The Flash: A ageing singer who abandoned her family years before chasing dreams of becoming a rock star returns home at a time of crisis. You know you are in safe hands with a film directed by Jonathan Demme with a script by Diablo Cody.  Meryl Streep is fantastic, the characters are good but the film feels a little episodic.Ricki And The Flash

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials:  Follow up to the Maze Runner.  It doesn’t work as a standalone film as it lacks a begging and an end.  The action scenes are good, as are the young cast but the film lacks the intrigue and the great concept of the first film.  There are clearly twists and turns to come in the plot in the final film The Death Cure due out in 2017.Maze Runner The Scorch Trials

Legend: Tom Hardy is brilliant in a duel role as both the Kray twins.  Emily Browning tries hard in an underdeveloped part, the rest of the characters are thinly written and forgettable.  The film captures the look and the vibe of 60’s London but is glossy and lacks any real depth.  It is however well worth watching for Hardy.legend

Everest: Based on the true story of an ill-fated attempt to climb the worlds tallest mountain in 1996.  The large cast are all good but the star of the film is the photography that is breathtaking on Imax.  If you don’t already know the story go in with as little knowledge as possible.Everest

The Visit: A pair of young siblings spend the week with their grandparents who they have not previously met.  The reveal won’t come as any surprise but the film is fun along the way.  Of the ones I have seen it is M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie for a decade.The Visit

A Walk in the Woods: Adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book of the same name about his attempt to walk the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail.  Robert Redford and Nick Nolte have great chemistry.  The film has some funny moments but in a year that gave us Wild it feels a little flimsy in comparison.

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Sicario: Emily Blunt plays an idealistic and naïve FBI agent who gets drawn into a shady joint task force in the war on drugs.  Blunt and her co stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are all fantastic.  Roger Deakins photography is a spectacular as you would expect and Denis Villeneuve’s direction is sublime.  It doesn’t have anything new to say, but equally it doesn’t tell the audience what to think.sicario

The Martian: Matt Damon plays an astronaut who has to find a way to survive when is left for dead on Mars.  Held together by a great turn from Damon but kept tripping along by director Ridley Scott who has crafted a surprisingly funny and easy going movie.  Scott’s best film since the underrated Kingdom of Heaven a decade ago.The Martian

Ultimately there was no competition, the movie of the month is: sicariSicario character Posters

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It’s that time of the month again.  Having only posted twice in August, September is here already and it’s time to look back at the films I watched last month.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Tom Cruise is back for the fifth instalment of the franchise.  Whilst each of the other films had its own identify, or to be more precise the identity of their directors  this film draws its identity from within, from the earlier films.  The franchise has found it character the way Bond did with Goldfinder.  Any flimsiness in the plot is forgotten as it is so much fun.  The standout is relative newcomer Rebecca Ferguson.Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Fantastic Four: After a fantastic debut with Chronicle Josh Trank was the obvious choice to reboot the Fantastic Four.  Or was it too obvious, is the origin story too close to his first feature?  With the director disowning the film before its release, it was never going to be good, but it isn’t as bad as the critical pounding suggests.  The cast is good and give good performances but the story is just dull.Fantastic Four

The Gift: A confident début as feature director by actor Joel Edgerton.  What starts out looking like an 80’s/90’s yuppies in peril thriller becomes something far more interesting. Edgerton co stars with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, all three are excellent. The end has divided opinion, but I think it is perfect for the film.The Gift

Precinct Seven Five: Documentary about the man dubbed the dirtiest cop in NYPD history.  Told with a mixture of talking heads and archive footage. With more than a hint of Goodfellas the unrepentant subject makes for an interesting and enthralling documentary.Precinct Seven Five

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Guy Ritchie’s movie based on the 60’s TV show.  Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have great chemistry with each other and co-star Alicia Vikander.  The 60’s setting is perfectly evoked in style and look.  The action won’t satisfy those expecting Bond or Bourne but that isn’t the point.the-man-from-uncle

Trainwreck: A rom-com that subverts many of the ideas of the genera often to great comic effect.  Written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow.  Schumer is very funny in the lead but the direction is sloppy and flabby.  Scenes are too long and the story looses direction in the middle.Trainwreck

Paper Towns: Based on a novel by John Green most likely to Cash in on the success of The Fault In Our Stars.  Coming of age drama that although not totally original actually has some interesting to say about the genre.Paper Towns

Hitman: Agent 47: A reboot of a movie based on a video game that has most of the same problems as the original movie.  The action scenes are good but the thin plot is stretched too far, the rest of the film is filled with dull exposition.Hitman Agent 47

No Escape: An American arrives in an unnamed southeast Asian country (it borders Vietnam so that leaves China, Laos and Cambodia or a fictional country) just as coup is getting underway.  A tense tail of people trying to survive out of their comfort zone.  Has some good scenes, Owen Wilson does a reasonable job playing against type in straight role but Lake Bell is totally wasted.No Escape

Mission: Impossible was such fun it came close but the movie of the month is:the gift movie poster

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