I rated Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) 7/10 #IMDb

If you enjoyed the first Kingsman film then there’s no choice, you have to see this.

The familiar comic-book ultra-violence is in. A preposterous James Bond-like plot is there. And it retains the expletive-ridden Kingsman irreverence.

Yet although it has the same spirit, it isn’t as much fun as the first one. It seems to go on a bit longer than I’d like but it’s hard to point to any particular pieces that I’d want cut to make that happen.

The Statesman stuff is well done with credible suspicion before they sort things out. The inevitable bar fight scene was familiar, amusing, and innovative.

I’d single out some great fun performances by Channing Tatum and Elton John that really added to the fun. Elton John is brilliant in this.

Well worth seeing.

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I rated Wind River (2017) 8/10 #IMDb

A powerful and mostly gently paced movie with some credible and realistic characters in the midst of a horrible situation in a harsh landscape.

I’d thought there were a few too many Ski-doo sequences-a bit like aerial shots in Lord of the Rings. But these extended and frequent transitory shots reinforce the isolation and challenge of the landscape.

Until a showdown, it looks like it’s going to be a long inconclusive tail of an ending.

With scenes of brutal and sexual violence this was tough to watch at times.

A real film. With realistic characters. Well worth seeing.

I rated The Limehouse Golem (2016) 6/10 #IMDb

I was expecting something like a Hammer Horror film. There are elements of that. But this surprisingly grisly and stylish Victorian crime drama is decidedly not supernatural.

The worlds of the police and the theatre/music hall coincide in limehouse, london as a detective is introduced as a fall guy in a tough case.

The actors do a good job. The style of the movie veers around a bit. Is it melodrama? Is it grisly horror-crime? Is it a twisty-plot? All of those to differing extents.

The pursuit of the killer is done with a repeated technique: meet the suspect. Ask them to write some of the killer’s words. See the detective’s mind’s eye view of the suspect as the killer. From early on it is apparent who the killer is. Nonetheless, this was an unusual and entertaining crime story with some graphic scenes of poverty and violence.

Worth taking a chance as you might enjoy it.

I rated American Assassin (2017) 3/10 #IMDb

The worst kind of risible ‘heroic’ thriller imaginable. Tissue-thin plot, recurrent violence, tropes so worn you can see the threads. Sure, there are some good parts. It starts promisingly with the quite horrible beach massacre. Then the focused, death-wish, journey of the character. And then it all falls apart as it turns into not-quite mission impossible. But without the humour, the gadgets, or the credibility.

Awful.