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  • Wyatt Earp

    ★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • The Gray Man

    ★★★

  • Val

    ★★★★½

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  • Wyatt Earp

    Wyatt Earp

    ★★★

    'Wyatt Earp' looks a little bit forlorn and forgotten nowadays, and is only really remembered for two things : for being the loser to 'Tombstone' in the battle of the simultaneous Wyatt Earp pictures, and secondly for being, much to his own chagrin, the reason that Michael Madsen couldn't play Vincent Vega in 'Pulp Fiction' ('I can't say anything good about 'Wyatt Earp'. It's a three-hour closeup of Kevin'). The movie is draggy, earnest, dour, lacks 'Tombstone's rootin'-tootin' firepower, but…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    A key problem for many long-running franchises is that, the further they go, the more they tend to become neurotic about themselves and in thrall to their accumulated narrative and mythological baggage (you want a for-instance? Just look at 'Alien Covenant' - tense and eerie when it's just a movie about a scientific expedition on a mysterious planet, gassy and nerdy when the series' lore and backstory takes over proceedings). What's refreshing and even triumphant about 'Prey' is that it…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    As you may have heard, Denis Villeneuve has made great play of emphasising his desire for you to see 'Dune' on the biggest, baddest, loudest, IMAX-iest screen possible, railing against Warmer's decision to send the movie to HBO Max day-and-date and declaring that seeing his movie on the small screen (and depending on your age, what constitutes 'the small screen' nowadays could mean your TV, or equally your phone, couldn't it?) is analogous to going power sailing in a bathtub.…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    You wonder if Tom Cruise spotted the irony. For all of 'Top Gun : Maverick's barnstorming action and bravura technical coups, and even though the trappings are very different, in dramatic terms Cruise has essentially made 'The Color Of Money' again here. Only this time he's not playing the Tom Cruise part, he's playing the Paul Newman part.

    Just like 'The Color Of Money', 'Top Gun : Maverick' makes a thematic virtue of its own belatedness, both movies mining the…