Author: Jasper Hagan

Film Review: Mile 22

Mile 22 is an entertaining, violent action film that seems to be overstretching itself, only to stick the landing and become something a bit more. Mark Wahlberg is Jimmy Silva, a hyper-intelligent (he solves really difficult jigsaws) paramilitary soldier with a bad attitude (he screams at everyone) who will do anything to get the job done. (he screams that he will do anything to get the job done) He does the jobs that no one else can do, that cannot fail and can never be admitted to, like shooting up a bunch of heavily armed Russian agents in the...

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Denzel brings gravitas to The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2 (no subtitle) could have been a by-the-numbers dad action movie. Instead, elevated by a great central performance from its always excellent lead actor, some good direction and general attention to detail, it’s a good thriller that feels distinct and shows that it’s all in the execution. Robert McCall, Denzel Washington’s very strange ex-spy/soldier/killer, has settled down after killing the entire Russian mafia in the last movie. He works as a Lyft driver, encountering a diverse, wholesome array of passengers, and righting wrongs when he encounters them. Occasionally, he takes on more ambitious jobs, with the help of...

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Mission Impossible Fallout a perfect blockbuster

Mission Impossible Fallout, the latest in the long running series, is a near perfect blockbuster. It won’t surprise you in its plotting or character beats, but it’s executed with such energy, style and panache that it still makes for a great night out. This time the plot concerns stolen bomb material, which they’ve used at least once before. After Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise, who is, somehow, 56) loses track of plutonium, he sets out to retrieve it. He’s forced to bring along a CIA assassin (Henry Cavill with a moustache) to get it back. They’re up against anarchists, which...

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Surprising sequel to hit film Sicario

It was hard not to be sceptical about Sicario: Day of the Soldado. It’s a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s outstanding 2015 film, a film that gave no sign it was supposed to have a sequel. The trailer, prominently featuring Benicio Del Toro firing a pistol like he’s playing Time Crisis, made it look like one of those unofficial sequels from people who slapped the name on an otherwise unrelated movie. American Psycho 2 and the two(!) Jarhead sequels, for instance. Sadly, that’s what this film is. It just has most of the original cast and a large budget. It’s...

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High class comedy? Tag is not it

There’s a devil’s bargain when you pitch a story to Hollywood. Sure, you lived an interesting story, or spent a long time researching it. But to get it adapted you risk your interesting true story being boiled down to the most generic thing possible. It might end up as something that sounds like a screenwriter lost a bet. It might be even worse. It might end up as Tag. The film revolves around the apparently true story of a group of friends who play tag every May and have been doing so for 23 years. One member of the...

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