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As many of you have finished your exams, the tension is over, now relax and enjoy the summer. Many of you may be movie buffs. Our resident Movie expert, Dhaval A. Gore has kindly compiled this month’s Movie review…..Enjoy !

Spider-Man 2 (Cert. PG) – 2004

Review: Peter Parker is beset with numerous personal problems while Spider-Man confronts the brilliant Dr. Otto Octavius, who has been transformed into “Doctor Octopus”, a multi-tentacled menace.

It felt like an eternity before this movie took off with the majority of the first half devoted to Peter Parker’s internal battle to fight off his demons – yawn! However, when the action did kick-in it was a visual treat with the CGI technology much improved since the last film. But just when I thought that this would be the start of an action roller coaster it all grinds to a halt and we are back with Peter Parker and his monotonous pursuit to win over Mary Jane. I am clearly in the minority or possibly even alone when I say that this movie was disappointing. However, I will stick to my guns as I cannot fathom as to how and why people believed this to be better than the first.

Score: 2/5
Movie link: http://spiderman.sonypictures.com/home/

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The Day After Tomorrow (Cert. 12a) – 2004

Review: A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.

As usual I, like many others, was swept away by the awesome looking trailer for this movie. And, yes, the special effects did not disappoint. The complete devastation of New York (why is it always New York?) by a tsunami was a visual treat. However, the film fell flat on two levels. 1) The script is nothing more than a fathers “heroic” quest for his son and 2) the characters are one dimensional and as such you don’t care whether they live or die. And why did they cast Dennis Quaid? The man has no screen presence.

Score: 2/5
Movie link: http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com

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The Others (Cert. 12) – 2001


Review: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

A well acted and tightly scripted supernatural thriller. The casting was excellent except perhaps Eric Sykes whose seemingly unintentional humorous character seemed out of place. Nicole Kidman again proves her versatility as an actress whilst supported by a very strong cast in particular the child actors.

Score: 4/5
Movie link: http://www.miramaxhighlights.com/theothers/

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Troy (Cert. 15) – 2004

Review: An adaptation of Homer’s great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

This is a wonderful movie and a throw back to the epic-making Hollywood of yesteryear (e.g. Cleopatra, Ben Hur etc). There are numerous memorable scenes many of which involve battles of immense proportions. The cast is very strong and in particular Eric Bana as Hector. Also, Brad Pitt, as Achilles, carries the movie extremely well.This is an epic of bulging proportions. And that’s just Mr. Pitts torso!

Score: 4/5
Movie link: http://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/troy/

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Star Trek: Nemesis (Cert. 12a) – 2002

Review: After the Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan planet of Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a truce, the Federation soon find out the Romulans are planning an attack on Earth.

Once again Star Trek disappoints by promising so much. The latest offering can not even be described as a big-budget episode such as Insurrection. The first 20-30 minutes builds well and suggests a grand finale. But then it stalls and remains stagnant for the rest of the movie. It’s as if the script writers, like so many in Hollywood, caught the “let’s not bother” virus. This film lacked direction and, if we are to believe that this could be the very last TNG movie, it was far from a fitting end. If anyone is thinking of watching this movie I would recommend they refrain and instead sit facing a wall dabbed with wet paint – the results the same and it’s cheaper.

Score: 1/5
Movie link: http://www.startrek.com

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Cert. 18) – 2003

Review: A female assassin attacked on her wedding day by her group leader, Bill, wakes up from a coma and seeks revenge.

One of the most satisfying movies I have ever seen. Tarantino manages to hit all the right buttons by keeping the audience mesmerised. This is his tribute to all the B-movies he watched while working at a Video Rental earlier in his life.

Score: 5/5
Movie link: http://killbill.movies.go.com/vol1/

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