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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymous View Post
    I saw Justice League and The Mummy. The Mummy was tolerable. Justice League was dreadful.

    You could well surprise yourself with Jumanji if you go just wanting to have fun. Although you and I tend to have conflicting views with most things!
    I think you have your movies reversed. The Mummy was an absolute piece of shit, and Justice League was fun and better than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Time View Post

    But yeah, now you mention it we don't agree on very much ever, do we?
    No. Which is odd as we tend to be interested in the same things. It livens things up I guess!

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    First film of 2018 for me was Hostiles.

    A mixed bag, it's quite self-important. Typical Bale Oscar bait really. Very unsatisfying conclusion that seemed to miss the film's own point, which I won't spoil here of course, and a relentlessly grim tone.

    There are some poignant moments though, and at least one excellent supporting role from Name's character's best mate.

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    Checking out Molly's Game later today. Don't know much about it, but that's the way I prefer it!

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    So, I did see Jumanji. It's about what I expected. There's a lot of laughs in it and it's not a bad way to spend a few hours. The video game angle is fun at times. But some of the writing is so paint-by-numbers. I mean, it's really bad in places. But there's some really good performances in it and it goes along at a brisk pace, so if you want to be diverted for a couple of hours it'll do the job perfectly adequately.

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    Jack Black was great in it. He was more convincing as a teenage girl than the actress he was playing.

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    Yeah, he was a standout. The performances are really what make something of the movie. The main four hit pretty much all of their comic lines well and there's enough talent in it that it makes up for a whole lot.

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    Film #2 was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and I agree with most of what's already been said. I REALLY enjoyed it. Like, a lot. It was breezy and light and funny and didn't overstay it's welcome. The casting against type was the absolute coup of the film but the way it was written in relation to video games I thought was done really well too.

    A fun and not entirely dumb adventure film. I really liked it. Very refreshing!

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    And Film #3 was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

    Wow. Absolutely blew me away. Incredibly written story. It's a powerhouse of equal parts grim realism and heart-tugging optimism and really makes you emote, but not in an overblown and obvious way; there's zero sentimentality but plenty of warmth that emerges gradually, hard earned, from a cold, unforgiving reality. It's restraint was admirable actually. Even incidental characters get moments to shine and a reason for you to care about them. No character is wholly good nor wholly bad, and though the laugh out loud humour comes frequently it is often utterly jet black.

    Then there's the acting; captivating. Everyone is impeccable. Frances McDormand lives and breathes Mildred and Sam Rockwell is a revelation as Dixon. With any justice, he'll be getting some recognition in awards season. Woody Harrelson is as staunchly reliable as always and even Peter Dinklage, whose moments are fleeting in the grand scheme, absolutely shines whenever he's on screen.

    It's hard for me to imagine a film coming along this year that'll top it, honestly. As modern Westerns go - and this one has a really excellent soundtrack that properly embraces that genre actually - it's a masterpiece. The way it tackles it's central theme of revenge, of anger begetting greater anger and of love bringing calm and, through calm, thought, makes it a timely and utterly essential film.

    Make the time to go see it.

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    ^Easily the best movie I saw this year. Martin McDonagh makes great movies.

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    I'm looking forward to seeing that, hopefully tomorrow.

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    And of course I had to go and watch The Red Turtle on Amazon Prime with my tea. Didn't quite expect that. What a beautiful film. Deeply moving, but so simple.

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    So I just saw Paddington 2 at the movies, haven't seen the first one and went in with zero expectations and it was absolutely fantastic. I'm talking up there as one of the most engaging and emotional family movies I've ever seen. It was funny without sacrificing the drama for laughs, every single actor in it (and there were some big names) gave an awesome performance and the animation was absolutely stunning.

    Has anyone else seen it?

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    I have! And I saw it without seeing the first one also. I pretty much agree with you. It was a great film which made me want to watch the first one. And so I did. And I wasn't disappointed.

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    Not ashamed to admit I saw both, and loved them both. Preferred the first if I am honest but they are both perfect for what they are.

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    Iím seeing The Greatest Showman tomorrow (Thursday = date night). I have low expectations.

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    I saw it. If you like that kind of movie it's fine. I don't imagine it is special enough to make any converts. But it is big, and bold, and performed well.

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