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Knives Out - At first glance it appears that wealthy patriarch Harlan Thrombey committed suicide, but as the family's dirty secrets come to light during private detective Benoit Blanc's investigation, it becomes clear to all that something is afoot.

Comments: My wife thought it dragged and wasn't overly-impressed with it, but I very much enjoyed this quirky, slow-but-steady-paced murder-mystery.
totally loved this film. Saw it in a theatre, and I never thought the pace was a problem. Great cast, even though Plumber had a smaller role. Looking forward to the sequel....
 

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Just watched 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 3 over 3 nights.
I was a bit concerned that Season 3 might not live up to the first 2 but it did for me.
It's been renewed for a 4th season but who knows when that might be, plus I just read that Rachel Brosnahan wants to leave the show and concentrate on Broadway.
 

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Now watching season 2 of Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on Amazon Prime.
Have to say I am enjoying it a lot and blitzed through season 1 in 3 nights. Glad to see there are 5 seasons.
 

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Finished Girlfriend's Guide to DIvorce which I enjoyed a lot.
Now watching an Aussie show from 2002, Young LIons, a cop show with a bit of difference.
Only one season but 22 episodes, it's great.
 

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Started season 1 of Goliath on Amazon Prime, 2 episodes down and am enjoying it immensely.
Was a great way to be able to forget about the stinking heat for a few hours.
Seems there is a season 4 which will be its last.
 

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Into the Wild - Having glamourized the notion of living in the wilderness and off the land, a self-absorbed, poetry-spouting pseudo-intellectual abandons society and heads for Alaska.

Comments: A slow-paced movie with an unlikeable protagonist is a hard sell. The first 40 of its 148 minutes was all my wife and I could stand.
 

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The Invisible Man (2020) - Traumatized and highly-skeptical at first, Cecilia eventually accepts that she has truly escaped her cruel and controlling husband, optics-engineering genius Adrian Griffin...until things around her start to go mysteriously and horribly wrong.

Comments: Notwithstanding a somewhat weak ending, this was (overall) a well-scripted, well-paced and tension-filled suspense flick. Terrific performance by Elisabeth Moss.
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Sidebar: I have no idea where to post this but this movie was my first experience with AppleTV on a Roku stick plugged into my AVR (Denon AVR-X4000) and I have to say that it was a much better experience than streaming a movie via iTunes on my laptop.
 

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Last Action Hero - Danny Madigan worships action hero Jack Slater and can't believe his good fortune when he's magically transported into Slater's latest flick. Slater doesn't feel quite so fortunate when he magically departs his film for Danny's more-painful reality in order to right a grievous wrong.

Comments: This was not a great film but - thanks to a sufficient amount of clever and lighthearted writing, some good actions scenes and a solid performance by Ahhnold - it was a good film.
 

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Greyhound on Apple TV+. Tried the one week free trial only for this. A story about a Commanding Officer of a U.S. Navy destroyer in WWII during the Battle of the Atlantic. He escorted a convoy of Allied ships crossing Northern Atlantic Ocean while under attack from a group of German U-Boats.

Comment: this is a pure war movie and I love it. No plot, no character development. Just battle scenes from the bridge and the CIC of the destroyer.
 

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The Gentlemen - Mickey Pearson is preparing to sell his drug empire to Matthew Berger but someone seems intent on souring the deal. Is it the snubbed, powerful editor of a major tabloid? A rival drug lord or his ambitious protégé? The Russians? Berger himself? Or perhaps it's crack P.I. Fletcher, who seems to know too much and want too much money for his silence. Pearson's right-hand man, Ray, has very little time to find the culprit and sort the matter out.

Comments: The movie started off rather busily and I was worried this was going to be another Guy Ritchie dud but, thankfully, it settled into a nice groove and turned out to be a pretty good flick. One of Ritchie's best that I've seen since "Snatch" (his masterpiece) and significantly better than turds like "Revolver" and "RocknRolla".
 

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The Gentlemen was one of the better movies I’ve seen lately. It’s serious and also really funny in places. Love those Brits.
 

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The Rundown - Bounty hunter Beck's last job seemed pretty straightforward but opposition from a highly-reluctant target, a harsh environment, a murderous bad guy and far too many monkeys has made it a lot more challenging.

Comments: This was a ridiculous, weakly-scripted, early-2000s action-comedy whose only saving graces were Johnson's likeability, some good fight scenes and Rosario Dawson.
 

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The Laundromat - The personal tale of a widow's attempt to get proper compensation for the untimely death of her husband unravels into a sordid story of corruption, deception and fraud on an international scale.

Comments: Although it wasn't what I was expecting, this docudramedic glimpse into / commentary on the ugliness exposed by the "Panama Papers" leak was fairly interesting and - despite being a bit too quirky at times - enjoyable overall.
 

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Year One - Zed the hunter and Oh the gatherer - a pair of Bible-era morons - are kicked out of their tribe and embark on a series of increasingly hair-raising adventures involving Cain, the Hebrews and the fabled city of Sodom.

Comments: I remember disliking this movie when I first saw it in 2009 but last night - for whatever reason - I enjoyed it. Sure, it's still incredibly stupid but at least the pacing was brisk, Jack Black's and Michael Cera's (and even David Cross') schtick was generally entertaining and damned if I didn't get a few good laughs out of it! :)
 

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Replicas - Bionyne Corporation's research includes synthetic biology, human cloning and the mapping and transfer of the human mind. Research scientist William Foster has yet to successfully map a human mind to a synthetic one in an android host, but when he loses his family in a freak car accident desperation drives him to attempt a more-radical, ethically-questionable, highly-dangerous but - if all goes well - immeasurably-rewarding procedure.

Comments: The plot holes are a mile wide and watching Keanu (trying to) emote was painful but, overall, I enjoyed this earnest-but-goofy sci-fi flick.
 

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Rampage - A gene-editing pathogen developed by Energyne inadvertently causes the outrageous mutation of a wolf, a crocodile and primatologist Davis Okoye's gorilla friend, George. Energyne's malevolent CEO Claire Wyden activates a beacon to draw the highly-aggressive creatures to Chicago where she hopes to kill them, salvage their mutated DNA and make a fortune off it. With the military ready to do what it does best - drop bombs and generate "collateral damage" - the clock is ticking and Davis, disgruntled ex-Energyne genetic engineer Kate Caldwell and OGA Agent Harvey Russell have very little time to get to Chicago, find the antidote, save George and end the rampage.

Comments: This was a fluffy but well-paced sci-fi / action flick that benefitted from some terrific CGI and devastation pr0n and - as usual - Dwayne Johnson's tremendous likeability.
 

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Jumanji: The Next Level - Four friends find themselves in Jumanji once again, inadvertently accompanied by a couple of irritating old men and faced with a difficult new challenge to complete.

Comments: This sequel to the very entertaining "Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle" was disappointing partly because it was a re-tread but mostly because of the unnecessary and grating Eddie and Milo characters.
 
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