I rated the equaliser 2 7/10 on IMDB

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more extravagant in locations and effects than the equaliser. Though the film has a number of events, the basic plot is typical and predictable. Nonetheless, this is an effective movie of its type and has some progression for the character.

Some of the smaller equaliser stories the movie alights on are well done and the elision of extensive plot details for them gives some indication of how busy McCall is with helping people out.

Violent, tense at times, and a slickly-put-together action flick.

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I rated any-man and the wasp 7/10 on IMDB

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Possibly more amusing than the first ant-man movie. Well worth watching after the rather darker avengers: infinity war #1.

Scott is under house arrest after helping captain America in Germany. Hope and Hank Pym are outlaws.

This is a really enjoyable superhero movie with some very amusing big/small antics courtesy of the impossible size-changing suits. There are a few threads that run though it: Hope’s missing mother; bad guys after Pym’s technology; Ghost after the technology and Hope’s mother; FBI after Scott and the Pyms. It’s a long list that somehow manages here where in other marvel movies the complications just end up getting tangled.

Michael Peña is very very good in this.

All in all, this is a great summer fun movie that has only 1 dark note towards the end. Well worth watching even if superheroes are boring you by now.

I rated mission: impossible fallout 7/10 on IMDB

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A good mission impossible movie. It has all the regular features you’d expect but with some of the action disks turned up to 11.

At times it feels a bit like a mashup of many different action movie parts. There’s James Bond’s remote-control full size car. There’s a HALO jump. Car/motorbike chases. Toilet fights. … The fight scene on the mountain side is surprisingly dizzying and tense. The London rooftop chase, ending on the south bank is very engaging.

Simon Pegg’s character doesn’t get quite as much of a range as I’d expect. But Tom Cruise is on spectacular form.

The story? Mission goes wrong. Ethan and the team try to recover stuff. Double agents. Old romance. World in danger.

Go see it if you like a formula movie turned way up.

I rated Sicario 2 6/10

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hackneyed beginning, eye-rolling ending, surprisingly compelling in-between.

Weak-stomached bureaucrats bring the gang back to start an inter-cartel war in Mexico to reduce human-trafficking of fundamentalist terrorists across the border.

Things go a bit dodgy and tricky situations ensue.

There’s barely anything in this film that can’t be solved by violence. This rather undermines some of the critical greyness and tension that Sicario had. However, this does have its grey and dark parts.

The best scene has to be where Alejandro (del Toro) asks a Mexican chap for help in the desert. Great to see sign language in a regular movie.

Worth seeing if you don’t have to go too far out of your way.

I rated The Incredibles 2 9/10

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twice as good as The Incredibles? Not far off.

This is a real fun film that I got to see at a Cineworld Unlimited secret screening.

The Incredibles are in hiding but can’t avoid trying to do good. With some disastrous consequences.

A billionaire wants to make superheroes legal again but all it not as it seems.

With some very amusing teenage events and some great almost slapstick humour, this film captures the original Incredibles spirit and style and pushes harder.

The emergence of Jack Jack’s superpowers is hilarious.

The short before the main movie ‘Bau’ was a beautifully done tale of growing up.

I rated A Quiet Place 6/10

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excellent use of jump cuts and tense jump scares. Credible ‘normal’ people dealing with super-scary alien monsters.

The alien monsters though? Sure, scary looks. But do they have super-sensitive hearing? Do they have bat-like echolocation? Well, that depends a little on the whims of the scene. Either way if you can suspend your disbelief you’ll find this a tense and exciting movie. If not then it’s a trope-ridden jump-scare-fest with monsters that would be in Scooby Doo if they were less gruesome.

I’ll ignore the patches of sand, the woeful soundproofing, the incredible undiscovered monster deterrent, and the nail in the step. That would detract from the fun.

Worth watching to see whether you find it scary or ridiculous.

I rated Ready, Player One 6/10

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only 6/10? Well it could have been so much more in a somewhat shorter time.

This is a good children’s movie that gets across a lot of the content of the novel on which it is based.

However, like many such properties it fails to capture the essentials only and instead rumbles on in a long literal exposition. Think later Harry Potter movies: all well and good but…

Like most Spielberg films for children it touches on mawkish at times but also has a gentle touch when it comes to peril and violence.

As you’d expect, its video game influences are wide ranging and very strong. And yet after a few minutes of Oasis-based footage you get used to it. The frequent back to the future references, the different pop culture content, and the stylised VR look all join together to make it pretty consistent and slick.

The bad guys are bad and yet not vicious. The good guys remind me of the goonies. And the ending is suitably Spielberg and reassuring.

This is a fair interpretation of the novel. It won’t satisfy folks wanting a darker, Matrix-like interpretation but it will satisfy and perhaps delight Spielberg fans and folks wanting a pop-culture inspired tale of good over evil.