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  1. The Greatest Beer Run Ever [2022] A man's story of leaving New York in 1967 to bring beer to his childhood buddies in the Army while they are fighting in Vietnam. Based on a true story, partly filmed in Thailand this war drama is flat, forces the humor, has some awful acting and is barely watchable.
  2. Only You [2018] A young couple struggle in their relationship when they cannot have a baby. Not much else happens for two hours besides the premise, but a wonderfully screenplay, no melodrama, performed to perfection in an intimate story. Of note for a subtlety nuanced female lead.
  3. The Walk-In [2022 TV Limited Series] Follows a Neo-Nazi who plans to kill an MP and how his plan was foiled by an inside man who became an informant or a walk-in. Based on the true story of a British MPs murder and attempt on another, this drama seems flat and is only noticeable for its star lead, who can make anything worth seeing.
  4. Skin [2019] A skinhead falls for a woman and her three daughters, and undergoes painful treatments to remove all the tattoos covering his entire face and body - the physical representation of the racist hate he exhibited to the world for more than half his life before he changed it around. Based on the true story of Bryon Widner, a gritty biography, with a superb lead, worth seeing.
  5. The Racer [2020] Follows a support cyclist who, after being dropped from the team, is reinstated following a doping error at the opening Irish stages of the notorious 1998 Tour de France. Entertaining fast moving independent film has a good mix of story-line, cinematography, with some realistic performances. Worth a look.
  6. The Road Dance [2022] A young girl lives in the Outer Hebrides in a small village in the years just before WWI. Isolated and hard by the shore , her life takes a dramatic change when an assault befalls her after a road dance to see off her intended to the front line. Simple old school story, somewhat contrived and clich├ęd, done well in picturesque surroundings with a strong lead.
  7. The Black Phone [2021] After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims. A solid run of the mill B level horror flick with a lead than seems wasted.
  8. The Quiet Girl [2022] In rural Ireland 1981, a quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. Wonderful low key Irish drama, one of the best films of the year, not to be missed.
  9. The Staircase [2022 TV Limited Series] Tells the true story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home where only the two had stayed together, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. This re-enactment about money and sexual deceit with a cast of A-listers is entertaining and worth seeing.
  10. God's Country [2022] When a college professor confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she's drawn into an escalating battle of wills. A subtle slow burning thriller that leaves a lasting impression by the end. Worth seeing
  11. This England [2022 TV Limited Series] Follows the events surrounding the Johnson government in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic. A seemingly unnecessary mini TV drama series about events still close to memory, depressing to watch, some good performances but with a distracting odd looking prosthetic laden caricature of the Prime Minister.
  12. Industry [2020 TV series] Workday drama in modern day London's finance hub with 8 parts per series. Season 1 has young bankers and traders make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse. Entertaining and not too taxing to watch, with more style than detail. Season 2 (post pandemic) better with a good mix of sex, drugs, market making trades and character development. Pushes the limits for regular TV with some of the sex scenes, a first to show an ejaculation in a banking drama? Likely more to come!
  13. Marriage [2022 TV Limited Series] Follows a married couple, who deal with the ups and downs of their long 30-year marriage. Two good lead performers elevate this drama, that some may find uncomfortable and painfully slow, to a level to beat. A superb portrayal of a mundane existence in Britain today.
  14. Joyride [2022] Follows a train-wreck of a woman on an adventure who is ready to give away her new-born baby. Joined by a cheeky street lad, they are two diamonds in the rough on the run. Quirky comedy drama road trip movie set in the scenic Irish countryside that meanders off course too much and is only just held together by a strong lead. Forgettable.
  15. Man Vs Bee [TV Limited Series] A man finds himself at war with a bee while house sitting a luxurious mansion. Who will win, and what irreparable damage will be done in the process? Seven short 10 minute episodes tediously follows just one gag with annoying antics that barely raise a smile.
  16. Top Gun: Maverick [2022] After more than thirty years of service one of the Navy's top aviators is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. A sequel to surpass the original 1986 Top Gun offering some of the best aerial combat scenes on screen. Worth seeing when the mood is suited for old school style summer blockbusters.
  17. Rogue Agent [2022] Based on the odd and chilling story of British career conman Robert Freegard who masqueraded as an MI5 agent and fooled people into going into hiding whilst conning them into giving him their savings, and the woman lawyer who fell for him, then brought him down. A fairly mundane screenplay brought to life by two decent leads keeps us engaged but ends rather unsatisfactorily as he's out there again without explanation?
  18. This Is Going To Hurt [2022 TV Series] Set on an NHS labor ward with all its heart-lifting highs and gut-wrenching lows, the show delivers a brutally honest, sometimes humorous, depiction of life as a junior doctor, blood, guts and the toll the job can take back home. For those sick of medical drama series genre, this is a fresh look, bleak, realistic and funny albeit a sign of the times having to push some agendas.
  19. Finch [2021] On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his creator's beloved dog learns about life, friendship and what it means to be human. Somewhat enjoyable family sci fi road trip adventure with just one lead actor doing what he does best, brings to mind Cast Away, if barely keeping it on the right side of overly sentimental cheese.
  20. Charlotte [2021] An account of the true story of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon who moved to the south of France between 1941 and 1943 as she embarks on the monumental adventure of painting her short life story escaping Nazis. A moving animated movie, with a star cast of voice actors, is a timely reminder of the horrors of war in Europe.
  21. Thirteen Lives [2022] A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in the Tham Luang cave system that are flooding. This biographical survival pic is well made if a bit long, but there have been several other movies and TV series re-telling what is a recent event known to everyone so the results are flat without suspense.
  22. Other, Like Me [2020] The Oral History of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle. In the run down city of Hull, a group of misfits began street theater under the name of COUM Transmissions which later morphed into the band Throbbing Gristle in London. This is a gem of a documentary for fans of the band mostly narrated by members Genesis and Cosey.
  23. The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain [2021] Biopic of the eccentric English artist Louis Wain who rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity whilst capturing the public imagination. Colorful old school style period drama, overly produced, family entertainment that gets a little bizarre but just seems to purr by.
  24. She Will [2022] An aging film star retreats to the scenic Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from double mastectomy surgery. While there, mysterious forces of revenge emerge from the land where witches were burned. A decent moody art-house revenge thriller that never seems to hit top gear.
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