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Winchester (2018)
Helen Mirren plays an heiress to The Winchester Repeating Rifle Company set in 1906 in California where the victims of her company's guns haunt her mansion,started off slow but got better as it went on. 7/10.
 

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The Boondock Saints (1999) 7/10

Stylish and fun in a cheeseball sort of way. The Boondock Saints is a dementedly loud, wilfully artificial thriller about a pair of Irish-American brothers who resolve to clean up the organised crime element in Boston. The film sort of plays out as a kind of cat-and-mouse between the law and the vigilantes, weird moments, not least Willem Dafoe's flamboyant performance, and Billy Connolly as the most unlikely hired killer of the 1990s. Starring Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco and Billy Connolly.

The Boondock Saints ll: All Saints Day (2009) 5/10

I thought the first film was much better than the sequel. A similar storyline that word comes that a beloved Irish-American priest has been executed back in Boston, with pennies in his eyes. The lads rush back to the states on a freight ship and go into action. This is done very well, in the way of stunts - etc. Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr, Julie Benz and Peter Fonda.
 

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Operation Finale. (2018)

A film about the tracking down and seizure of Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) by Israeli agents in Argentina, who was taken back to Israel to stand trial for his part in the holocaust at which he was sentenced to be hanged.
 
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I watched Jane last night, a Nat Geo doc on Dr Jane Goodall, who in 1957 led (without any prior qualification and almost entirely solo) the first in-depth study of chimpanzees in the wild.

I liked it very much, largely because it's constructed (similar to Asif Kapadia's docs) almost entirely of archival footage, the only talking head the subject herself, sparely cut between what looks to be 1960s television-grade 16mm, gorgeously saturated, absolutely dripping green to every edge. There's admittedly a curious penchant for buttoning every plot development or revelation with sudden, epochal Philip Glass circulations and rapid fire montages of insects and Serengeti landscapes (shot by Goodall's first husband, Hugo van Lawick) and at one point, a bit like that early sequence in The Tree of Life, adding to the mix microorganisms, oceans, and galaxies, all of which may or may not be wholly justified and properly restrained, but it's all so pretty and entertaining I've little mind to find a way to be bothered by it. It's also in keeping with the general vibe of the piece, far more interested in the process of discovery and the feeling of wonder than it is in really over-egging any of a number of typical catnip narratives: the sexism she experienced as her work achieved prominence; the disruptive, groundbreaking nature of that work; the conservation efforts now critical to the preservation of chimpanzees in the wild. These are all clearly presented, important as they are, but they never end up steering the ship: the essence of the film remaining ultimately an experiential one, of adventure and dialogue with nature, Goodall's encounters with it and her observations always the anchor of the story.
 

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The Meg (2018) 6/10

By all accounts this movie has made a fortune worldwide. The Meg is no masterpiece by any means I'd say a bit of a popcorn, fun, action, not to be taken seriously film. However, i thought it was decent and it manages to hit upon a reasonably effective blend of action and thrills. With Statham the perfect person for a film like this with his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Jessica McNamee, Robert Taylor and Rainn Wilson.

The Gunman (2015) 4/10

Been a while since I've seen a Sean Penn movie. This is basically a good guys vs bad guys movie and obviously the good guy wins. Action packed, with tense and thrilling sequences with Penn flexing his muscles like Rambo. I suppose it Isn't the worst action film that I'll ever come across, but the type of movie that I'll be lucky to remember anything about it a couple of weeks after watching it. Starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca and Peter Franzen.
 

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