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Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele breaks away from successful TV sketch series' to direct his first ever full movie feature.  Fans of his won't be surprised to hear that Get Out is a satire of various genres with a lot to say on the world we live in today.  Skins' very own Daniel Kaluuya is Chris, one half of a young interracial couple invited to meet his girlfriend Rose's (played by Girl's Allison Williams) family for the first time.  If you have seen or head anything about this film, you will know that everything is not as it seems. When I first saw the trailer for Get Out a while ago I hadn't heard about it before, and immediately dismissed it as just another bog standard horror churned out for some easy dollar.  Although I do enjoy the genre when it's done well, there's too much dross and only 2014's It Follows and The Babadook have made any sort of impression on me in recent years.  The trailer sold it as a straight forward join the dots horror with lots of jump sca…

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Although it only feels like Peter Jackson's King Kong was released a couple of years ago, it is now actually 12 years old. I'm going to blame ITV4 for confusing my timeline seeing as they have the remake on every single weekend, but it still feels very soon to be having another interpretation of the 1933 classic in cinemas. I remember watching the original during a school half term and being really surprised at how much I enjoyed it and it's now dated effects. There's a charm to the stop-motion special effects used so well in King Kong, and I think I've loved that style since the terrifying skeleton army in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Jackson obviously took the special effects to another level in his 2005 remake, but I was pleased with how the heart of the story, and the tragedy of it remained. Kong is more than just a mindless monster that smashes and crashes in to things and Jackson captured that essence really well, even if the run time could have been trimm…

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I'll admit that I immediately dismissed the first John Wick film when it was released back in 2014.  Although I'm a big fan of Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), and The Matrix (1999), it's fair to say that Keanu Reeves' more recent releases have been pretty disappointing.  The idea of seeing a film about an ex hitman out for revenge after someone kills his dog didn't inspire me with confidence either.  However, having heard lots of positive things about the action sequences Charlotte and I grabbed the DVD ahead of the release of it's sequel and thought it was a huge amount of fun.  It's a franchise that knows exactly what it's about: thrilling action with it's excellent stuntwork from it's lead actor, and it does it really well.  Laurence Olivier he ain't, but Reeves is a brilliant physical actor who throws himself in to a role (often literally), and this is a film that plays to those strengths.  Thankfully Chapter 2 is more of the same, so …

Logan (2017)

Hugh Jackman's final outing as Weapon X appears to be getting just as much attention as the accompanying Deadpool 2 teaser trailer.  As good as that is, I hope it doesn't detract too much from what was a refreshing take on the Wolverine character.  What a shame there has been less of this, and more Wolverine: Origin's (2009) in recent years.  I'm certainly no expert of the X-Men universe, but it's difficult to imagine anyone other than Jackman as this most iconic of characters, and I was really pleased that he got as fitting a send off as this.  Tonally, this is no normal superhero movie, but for me that grittiness was its greatest strength.

I really enjoyed James Mangold's Walk The Line (2005), and his 2007 remake of 3:10 To Yuma, and he retains his place in the hotseat following the positive reaction to his work on The Wolverine (2009).  Logan is the tenth installment in the X-Men series (the ninth with Wolverine in), and picks up James "Logan" Howle…