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Mike Hood
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Spy (4½ Stars)
If ever a film has screamed "Sequel" this is it. Despite a few small criticisms, which I'll go into below, it's an almost perfect comedy spy thriller. If Austin Powers was the comedy spy of the 20th Century, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is the comedy spy...

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Police Story: Lockdown (4 Stars)
"Police Story: Lockdown", also known in some countries as "Police Story 2013", is sometimes called the sixth film in the Police Story film series, sometimes a reboot of the Police Story series. It's neither, whatever the infallible contributors to Wikipedia...

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Zodiac (4 Stars)
After knowing about this film for many years I finally decided to watch it today. Even so, it took me half the day to get started. As the film started I saw that it was 162 minutes long, so I stopped it and asked myself whether I really wanted to sit throug...

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John Wick (4 Stars)
"You killed my dog". I pulled this off my shelf today to watch it in preparation for seeing "John Wick 2" in the cinema next week. For a film with so little of a plot it's remarkably good. John Wick is a retired assassin, a killer-for-hire. He decided to se...

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Moonrise Kingdom (4 Stars)
This is a film that I would never have watched under normal circumstances. Nothing about it appealed to me. However, a friend of mine gave it me as a gift last year. It's been lying on my shelf ever since, and I wasn't sure whether I would watch it or not. ...

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Modern Times (5 Stars)
I haven't seen all of Charlie Chaplin's films, but this is the best of the films that I know. It's a politically motivated film, even though it's difficult to say exactly what he's protesting about. So much happens in 90 minutes that it's difficult to join ...

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Rush Hour 2 (5 Stars)
After watching "Rush Hour" with my son this morning he insisted on watching "Rush Hour 2" as well. He loves the films, just like me. He'll probably watch "Rush Hour 3" by himself after I leave. Jackie Chan is brilliant. So is Chris Tucker. It's a pity he ga...

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Twilight (4 Stars)
It's not often I watch a film at random. Almost never, in fact. I like to plan my viewing. This is one of my rare exceptions. This weekend I'm visiting my son in Obersontheim. Today I was in the bathroom taking a shower. As I was drying myself off I heard a...
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