Matt Cooper | Short Circuit

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“Short Circuit” is a science-fiction comedy about a robot that malfunctions and gains a human-like sentience. The SAINT robots are designed to be deployed on the battlefield, driven by caterpillar tracks and with a shoulder mounted laser they are a formidable force (as we see in the opening scenes of a military demonstration). When lightning strikes one of the robots, Number 5, he manages to free himself and escape from NOVA Laboratories. Leaving his life of military service behind he embarks on a journey of discovery, reading everything he can in an insatiable desire for “input”, and finds a friend in the person of Stephanie, a young woman who agrees to allow him to stay with her. Meanwhile, the robotics engineers are doing their best to recover the expensive piece of hardware before it does serious damage in the outside world. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games) directs from the screenplay by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, who also wrote the Tremors series of films.

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Andrew Garrison | The Princess Bride

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Chances are as a cinephile you have a feel-good movie in your collection. A film you turn to whenever you have the blues or need to soothe tattered nerves.   They may be guilty pleasure films that critics weep over to this day, or they may be a film masterpiece fitting of a museum.   A feel-good film knows no boundaries and never should.

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Dunkirk | Review

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Very occasionally, history offers epochal anecdotes so cinematic in their telling that it is hard not to imagine the real event as having been written and produced by Hollywood itself. The May to June evacuation of the British Army from the beaches at Dunkirk in the second year of the Second World War is exactly one such moment. Indeed, an unlikely tale of heroism in which underdogs overcome all odds to seize victory from the grasps of defeat, the story of Dunkirk has gifted, in many ways, a exemplary template for decades of cinematic offerings.

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The Big Sick | Review

★★★★

When Judd Apatow wants ‘the big conversation’ it’s not just the comic-addressee who should get excited. Previous convos, with Steve Carell, Kirsten Wiig and Amy Schumer, in which the producer asked each talent: ‘have you any ideas?’ led to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids and Trainwreck. His is an impressive eye for potential and one with an extraordinarily surefooted track record. Now Apatow has unearthed The Big Sick, the funniest rom-com of recent years, by mining the experience and skill of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. He knows how to pick ‘em alright.

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