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Review: Hobbs & Shaw

Frenemy LE agents Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) reluctantly team up to clash with a cybernetically-enhanced criminal (Idris Elba) who is looking to take back the deadly super-virus that was stolen by Shaw’s sister and fellow MI6 agent Hattie (Vanessa Kirby). Hattie has actually injected herself with the virus (bold move to say the least), so Hobbs and Shaw must seek a cure for the virus as well for Hattie, whilst also stopping humankind from being exposed to it once the virus becomes active. Eddie Marsan plays the scientist who created the virus, Dame Helen Mirren is Mrs. Shaw, Cliff Curtis and Roman Reigns play Shaw’s family in Samoa, and we get comedic cameos by Kevin Hart (almost entirely ripping off Joe Pesci in the “Lethal Weapon” sequels) as an over-eager Federal Marshall, and Ryan Reynolds (as Hobbs’ also over-eager CIA superior). I only started take even the most remote interest in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise once Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson turned up …

Review: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Passengers in a cabin on a train are joined by a peculiar man named Dr. Schreck, who volunteers to give tarot card readings to one and all, leading to several macabre tales of their fate. In the first, Neil McCallum is a real estate agent who uncovers a werewolf on the loose in an estate. Secondly we have Alan Freeman and family terrorised by a malevolent plant vine. Jeremy Kemp and Bernard Lee attempt to lend assistance. In ‘Voodoo’, struggling jazz musician Roy Castle finds rhythmic inspiration from a voodoo ceremony in the West Indies, despite being warned not to mess with such things. The fourth tale features pompous art critic Christopher Lee publicly shaming artist Michael Gough, and then injuring the poor chap to the point where he can’t use his hands anymore. Gough has revenge in mind for his harshest critic. Finally we have ‘Vampire’, featuring Donald Sutherland as a doctor whose wife (Jennifer Jayne) may…well, the title says it all really. Amicus Studios were kind of a rival…