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  • Top Secret!

    ★★★½

  • Ride Along 2

    ★★½

  • Ride Along

    ★★★

  • Mike Bassett: England Manager

    ★★★

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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★½

    I used to love this when I was younger; it never hit the heights of “Airplane” or Frank Drebin’s outings but still had plenty to offer. 

    Giving it a rewatch last night after probably a decade or so it still works, just. It has all the expected comedy elements you would expect from the (ZAZ) creators: obvious, juvenile, visual, wordplay, subtle and sometimes with a bit of social commentary and pop culture parody. Some hit and some don’t and with…

  • Ride Along 2

    Ride Along 2

    ★★½

    I figured as I rewatched the first one I might as well rewatch this. It’s exactly what you expect from an inevitable sequel. 

    This time Ice has to bring Hart along for a ride to Miami for a simple witness pickup. Unsurprisingly this turns out to be linked to something far bigger and helps to introduce Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong as new characters.

    It seems to have a bigger budget but doesn’t quite have the charm of the first…

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  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    ★★★

    Straight off the bat, if people start saying well it’s no Kubrick or Scorsese etc then I will read no further. It is an Adam Sandler film on Netflix. Does that give it a pass from criticism, of course not but use some perspective.

    Sandler once again employs the underdog character with a heart of gold. Hubie is bullied by everyone in town, both adults and children. He has a speech impediment and may not be the sharpest tool in the box…

  • [REC]²

    [REC]²

    ★★★

    It will come as no surprise that this sequel is not as good as the original but that does not mean it is a failure.

    Set 15 minutes after the ending of the original we now are party to a SWAT type team entering the building with a specialist. None of the characters are overly endearing so, unlike the first, there is no real investment in to their survival. 

    The film still employs the camera footage gimmick but spices it…