Film review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

The multitude of recent Star Wars films are probably the premier examples of Gen X nostalgia mining as movie makers attempt to wrench every dollar from those greying, cashed-up children of the 1970’s. There’s probably no greater Gen X hero than Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, he’s almost a religious figure to many sci-fi fans.  Depicting Solo’s younger days with a different

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Film review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is yet another lumbering, plotless farce in what has to be one of the most undeservedly successful franchises in cinema history – first film excepted. These Pirate films should be rollicking campy adventures but they’re so waterlogged with cgi and so incoherently plotted that they lack both sense and charm. Also,

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Film review: ALL IS LOST, from Built For Speed

Existential drama All Is Lost sees sole cast member Robert Redford play an unnamed yachtsman battling the elements and the threat of starvation and dehydration on a sinking yacht in the Indian Ocean.  As the story of a marooned person struggling for survival, the film evokes comparisons with Gravity and Life of Pi but this is a far more restrained,

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