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Review? Mission. Impossible; Fallout!

By Mark Laherty

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the confusingly punctuated sixth – yes, sixth – instalment in the long-running and well-regarded Mission: Impossible series and the second to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This movie is the first to present itself in the franchise as a straight sequel, which makes it a less-than-ideal jumping-on point. This is unfortunate for me because – cards on the table – I hadn’t seen a Mission: Impossible movie before this one. Just a slightly embarrassing pop-culture blind spot there. Take this review as the point of view of a newcomer.

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Snap Judgement: In Slave, No-one Can Hear You Screen

By Barry Neenan

[This article contains spoilers for Incredibles 2 that anyone above the age of seven would probably guess anyway.]

It’s BIGGER!

It’s BADDER!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s TOO MUCH for my willing suspension of disbelief!

Oh, Incredibles 2. I didn’t think I’d be writing a critical article on your villain. But as Syndrome would say, you can’t always count on your heroes.

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Review – Incredibles 2

By Mark Laherty

Nowadays, the film market is oversaturated with inevitable superhero sequels. When I say inevitable, I mean that you can tell from the first movie that there are going to be two more of these whether there ought to be or not. See: the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. In this context, Incredibles 2 is a little different in that it doesn’t need to exist and you wouldn’t have expected it to get made.

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Review: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

By Mark Laherty

Let’s start by saying what nice things there are to be said. Sometime in 2014 or 2015, a blueprint was drawn up for a great Jurassic Park sequel.

See, there are good things about the three other Park sequels but they all commit the same sin: they’re the first movie again. Each of them try to be bigger or to add a gimmick like motorcycles. But, they always feel like a re-run because that’s what they are. Why not try to take the story somewhere else? That’s essentially what Fallen Kingdom is. It finally, blessedly, takes the Jurassic out of the park.

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Review: Ocean’s 8

by Mark Laherty

So, here’s an all-female spin-off of the modern Ocean’s trilogy of heist movies, itself based on Ocean’s 11 from 1960. You’d expect this to be the target of a lot of internet ire from the usual suspects. No doubt that somebody somewhere is throwing a strop. But, a quick flick through social media will reveal almost exclusively enthusiastic responses from the public.

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Review: The Breadwinner

by Mark Laherty

The Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon has become beloved to the country. This is deserved; they’ve done excellent work, most notably Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells. This reviewer’s little sister loves Puffin Rock, a cartoon set on Skellig Michael (no Star Wars jokes, please). Based on the book series by Deborah Ellis, the Saloon’s new motion picture is a story about a young girl named Parvana and her family, who live under Taliban rule in 2001 Afghanistan.

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