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Hypnotic (2021) – Review

Jenn Thompson (Kate Siegel) is a young woman desperately seeking to improve different aspects of her own life, before finally enlisting the help of a well-known hypnotherapist – Dr. Collin Meade (Jason O’Mara). After only a small handful of intense sessions, however, Jenn quickly comes to the realisation that there are hidden, unexpected and potentially deadly consequences to the therapy she’s receiving. Not the most gripping release of 2021 but thoroughly watchable on the whole. Hypnotic is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Trip (2021) – Review

Lars (Aksel Hennie) and Lisa (Noomi Repace) are a dysfunctional married couple heading to a remote cabin in an attempt to reconnect as a pair and rekindle their love. However, each actually have the intention to kill the other, but before either can carry out their plan of execution, an unexpected turn of events occur, and visitors arrive to present an even greater danger. This new addition to the Netflix streaming service suits the time of the year well and certainly wasn’t the worst release of 2021.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Entertainment (2015) – Review

A broken, middle-aged comedian (Gregg Turkington) attempts to revive his dwindling career by playing a handful of dead-end comedy sets in the Californian desert, while on the way to meet his estranged daughter. I think it’s safe to say that Entertainment won’t be a film for everyone, but this slow-burn drama has an appealing cast and some easy on the eye cinematography to make it almost watchable on the whole – certainly not one I’ll be recommending, however.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
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Hell or High Water (2016) – Review

Out in rural West Texas, two brothers, reeling from the death of their mother, face the agonising prospect of losing their family ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby Howard (Chris Pine) hatches a plan, along with Tanner Howard (Ben Foster), which sees the pair team up to rob different branches of the bank, hoping to raise enough cash to keep the home. Meanwhile, two Texas Rangers make it their mission to prevent the thieves from causing more carnage in their hometown. Hell or High Water is a widely acclaimed thriller that was originally released in 2016.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Guilty (2021) – Review

Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a demoted police officer going through testing times, assigned to an emergency call dispatch team and becomes somewhat conflicted when receiving a frantic call from a kidnapped woman, known only as Emily (Riley Keough). Things begin to slowly become more apparent as time goes on, but so does the complex situation Joe Baylor finds himself in. This unique and at times gripping drama has just recently been released on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Valkyrie (2008) – Review

The year is 1944 and most senior German officials know that their country is about to lose the war. Honourable surrender seems the only way out, sparing a countless number of deaths in the process, but that is not going to be possible with Adolf Hitler (David Bamber) at the helm. Consequently, operation Valkyrie was set up to eliminate Hitler, this being led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), an officer that had previously lost his left eye and right hand in combat. When things don’t go according to plan, however, the situation becomes hostile. Valkyrie is an impressive World War 2 based flick that was originally released in 2008.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Into the Wild (2007) – Review

Upon graduating from Emory University in the United States, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) decides to donate his entire twenty-four-thousand-dollar savings to a charity of his choice, before hitchhiking across the vast American country to Alaska, where he plans on living alone, in the wilderness. While on this journey, the young man finds himself encountering a number of characters that help shape him as a person and his own outlook on life. A thoroughly unique and at times emotional journey, with one or two questioning moments, but overall worthy of watching.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Prey (2021) – Review

Four friends accompany Roman (David Kross) on a weekend away to celebrate his bachelor party, which consisted of hiking in the unsettling, German wilderness. Suddenly, however, the group begin to hear gunshots nearby, quickly coming to the realisation that they are under attack. In a desperate bid to survive, the group of men must do all they can to avoid falling prey to the mysterious and relentless shooter, but that wasn’t going to be as easy as it seemed. This is a new German production that has recently been added to the endless catalogue of films that Netflix provides us with.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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