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About Time: Nutshell Film Review
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on March 4, 2015
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About Time: Nutshell Film Review

The idea of time travel is always an engaging hook (obviously for McAdams) – but as in ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ do not expect any sci-fi theories or explanations. As long as you are willing to accept these men have a ‘super-power’ to jump time – you can enjoy the core themes of a film that really explores human nature, values and frailties. It has the same feel as Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked – so it is heart-warming and humorous. Unfortunately, its charm does not last for what seems an eternal run time – so when the credits rolled I was definitely thinking – ‘it’s about time!’

The Bigger Boat: 2.5/5

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Saving Mr Banks: Nutshell Review
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on November 6, 2014
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Saving Mr Banks: Nutshell Review

Admittedly, it was under mild protest with more than a spoonful of sugar needed to make me watch this. The subject matter just didn’t grab me – but it turns out my BIG bag of chocolates wasn’t even half finished because I found myself engrossed in a Disney story! The background to Mary Poppins arriving on the big screen is intriguingly told (if heavily modified) – and both Hanks and Thompson are terrific sparring partners in a movie that explores multiple themes and real life issues. As if by magic, this has become one of the better movies I have seen for some time – fitting alongside the likes of Good Will Hunting and The Dead Poets Society in terms of ‘feel’.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

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Locke: Nutshell Review
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on November 1, 2014
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Locke: Nutshell Review

You can’t miss the quotes on the front of this DVD. One read something like, “One of the most nail-biting thrillers of the year”. I am acutely aware of differences in perception – but I just cannot understand how this film received such high acclaim. I may have bitten my nails – but it was out of mind-numbing boredom. To imagine Locke – you need to remove the claustrophobia of Buried (one man ingeniously filmed inside a coffin), the heart of Gravity (one woman lost in space) and the minimalism of All Is Lost (one man stranded at sea). Also, replace an intriguing situation and a character you may come to care about. That is Locke: a dull character (meant to be an everyman?) in a boring situation – advertising a BMW for 90 minutes. Metaphors are heavily laden throughout – but it is not a film built on the concrete foundations it so hopes to be.  I recommend getting stuck on the M25 for two hours at night to have more thrills.

Bigger Boat: 0/5

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Noah Review
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on August 28, 2014
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Noah Review

I am not a religious person and dont know a huge amount the bible so one positive about this film is that I learnt something. That is about the only positive.  For a big “epic” film some of the effects are really poor and some of the acting even poorer. The film is not what I would class as dull but the actors seem bored to be in it. We all know the story, in some way, but it seems to be very dragged out even though it is not especially long, it just feels a bit like that. Crowe supports some ever changing hair styles throughout the film which is amusing (not sure it is meant to be!?) and I cheered when the Winstone met his end as he was truly awful.

Truffle Shuffler: 1/5

Strangely, if you like Lord of the Rings – you may actually like this retelling of the Biblical classic but you need to be able to approach it as nothing more than a grand olde story. Sure, there are morals, judgements and sins floating throughout – just ready for you to hang on to should you wish – but no more so than in the Hobbit or the like. If you can tolerate some dodgy CGI effects (harking back to Heston’s Moses), ignore the Winstone and accept Hopkins doing his usual – it is nowhere near as bad as it has been made out. Perhaps you need to approach it expecting the end of the world to have a half decent time. I imagine it will be rolled out time and time again on Sunday TV – so wait for it then.

The Bigger Boat: 2/5

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Edge Of Tomorrow Nutshell Review
by Thinkers in Business
on July 13, 2014
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Edge Of Tomorrow Nutshell Review

I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. Source Code and Groundhog Day – both of which this film takes some inspiration from – became a touch tedious. It’s not the case with this smartly paced story. It’s clever enough to give you the ‘de ja vu’ feeling and revel in the frustrations of the lead character but it manages to progress the story and characters enough to keep you engrossed. It has a ‘playful’ feel about it – throwing in unexpected twists and thrills – whilst including great action and a surprising amount of laughs.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

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Dead Fall Review
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on June 21, 2014
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Dead Fall Review

All the parts of a great film are in here somewhere – but it’s just not directed or edited sharply enough to raise it above mediocrity. Essentially, there are three converging stories – all of which are ok in themselves – but the interweaving of these seems too rigid: a love scene to balance violence, family drama to balance more violence and a showdown that ultimately disappoints – despite the violence.

The Bigger Boat: 2.5/5

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Gangster Squad Review
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on June 21, 2014
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Gangster Squad Review

Think somewhere between LA Confidential and Bugsy Malone – an iconic period, beautifully realised in vivid comic book fashion. It’s old style goodies and baddies taking each other down with Tommy guns. It doesn’t have the complexity of the aforementioned films and it’s not an accurate representation of Cohen by Penn – but he is vile in it (in a caricature bad guy way). If you expect this tone rather than a Scorsese mobster movie – you may well enjoy it like I did. It is totally unfair to compare it to the likes of Scarface but critics did.

The Bigger Boat: 3/5

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The Counsellor Review
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on April 27, 2014
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The Counsellor Review

All the ingredients for a great film are here – a handful of top talent, a sprinkle of smooth cinematography and a pinch of good source material – all mixed by an ‘A list’ director. Unfortunately, it’s over-baked and dropped on the floor (from a considerable height!). There is a lot of talk but not a lot said – (think Tarantino but more awkward and pointless). However, it did initiate discussions as it is a more complex story – working out where all the characters and their motivations fit takes effort. Some say it will be considered a classic like Scott’s Blade Runner – only fully appreciated further down the line. Personally, I think I’ll stick to my Eton Mess analogy and never view catfish in the same way again either!

The Bigger Boat: 2/5

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Prisoners Review
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on March 22, 2014
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Prisoners Review

A dark film that has a great premise but drags that premise out over a far too long movie.  The set up is good and draws you in but it drags in the middle where it needs a bit more pace to hold your attention.  The acting is strong and anyone with children will feel the characters pain.  The main problem with this film is that you see every “twist” coming and that is a disappointment for me. Worth watching but not one that will need, or deserve, repeat viewings.

Truffle Shuffler 2.5/5

This had the opportunity to stand alongside Seven as one of the most haunting thrillers made – one that lingers in the mind long after. But, it just misses out with one too many cliches and a tendency to join the dots too easily for the audience. There is one ‘oh come on…’ moment that is just lazy story telling and from that point it all gets a little too predictable and backs away from the darkness and shadows. If only Jake didn’t have hound-like hearing it could have been so much better! It is still one of the better thrillers around though – and worth blowing your money on.

Bigger Boat: 3.5/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

If you like this dark mysterious thriller – then you will find our Dead on Time forensic events will give you and your team the rare chance to solve equally dark and complex cases. Whilst other team building events focus on gimmicks and theatrics – we focus on real-life activities and in-depth, challenging scenarios. Some have so much backstory – you can make a weekend or more out of the experience. However, one of the most important lessons we learnt from this film was: do not make it too easy! Our thriller events really will require your team to think critically whilst under pressure – always considering multiple options.

Captain Phillips Review
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on March 14, 2014
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Captain Phillips Review

An interesting and mostly realistic reconstruction of a real-life event – rather than an all-out-excitement high seas drama. It is filmed with the ‘trademark’ Greengrass frenetic camerawork – which works especially well in the ship locations but is a nightmare for those who suffer motion sickness! There is tension, good acting and even tentative links to wider issues – but it seemed to sink a little before the conclusion and I found my interest floating away. Worth watching – but probably not buying.

The Bigger Boat: 3.5/5

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We’re the Millers Review
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on March 4, 2014
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We’re the Millers Review

This feels like the sort of film you would see on a slob-out Sunday afternoon but never will because of the adult quotient of gags and language. There are laugh-out-loud moments, like with the Hang Over films and Bridesmaids. But, as with those films – the laughs are too few and far between. It is not as good as either of the aforementioned comedies and this one has an all too predictable Sunday matinee ending.

The Bigger Boat: 1.5/5

A pretty much by the number’s comedy which passes the time, has a few laughs but doesn’t really set any new levels in comedy terms. Will Poulter gives a funny turn as the simple teenager and Aniston turns it on a stripper with a heart but ultimately it is a easy watch and forgotten just as easily.

Truffle Shuffler 1.5/5

 

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American Hustle Review
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on February 25, 2014
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American Hustle Review

I must have missed something, be dumber than I thought or watched a different film to those hyping this as greatness. It is not much above average. The acting is all good but the story is not as smart as it thinks it is and it tends to drag. The introductory scene – Batman getting ready having seriously let himself go (the chameleon Bale) – recreates the painstaking effort to make the best of a limited hand.  Like the film – it is intriguing but slow. It accurately sums up what is to come for the next 50 hours (at least it felt that long at times). Lawrence gives a standout performance – in a womanly guise without a bow!

The Bigger Boat: 3/5

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Kick Ass 2 Review
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on February 15, 2014
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Kick Ass 2 Review

This felt like a watered down, slightly hammy version of the original. It doesn’t really develop the story and is not as well scripted or directed – so it doesn’t have the laughs or shocks. All told, if you liked the first – you may well be disappointed. If you haven’t seen the first – go and buy it for three quid instead of renting this.

The Bigger Boat: 2.5/5

 

Whilst this is not a good as the first, and great, Kick Ass movie it is still a pretty decent sequel.  It is more character driven (if you can say that about a comic book film!) which does add interest especially around Hit Girl.  The big baddie in the film (formally Red Mist) has all the best lines and is very funny as is Jim Carey. The only real disappoinment with the film is that it is much toned down from the first with less graphic fighting and no real shock value which the first one had by the bucket load. Overall a good sequel but could have been better if they went for an 18 certificate and a toned down 15.

Truffle Shuffler: 3.5/5

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Evil Dead
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on January 19, 2014
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Evil Dead

Typically, I don’t like blood and gore films – and this ‘reimagining’ has it in truck loads – nor do I find them horrifying. However, this has good enough acting, realistic enough special FX and an evil enough underlying theme – that is all so much in your face – that it does have the potential to creep you out and make going downstairs in the dark a more daunting prospect! (I have since seen the original – and the fact it was the original may be the only reason it is so well regarded! The 2011 version is truly horrifying in comparison – but does not have the humour)

The Bigger Boat: 3/5

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Side Effects
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on January 9, 2014
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Side Effects

It is best to see this film with as little background knowledge about it as possible. Suffice it to say, this is very cleverly named, written and directed – encompassing a range of themes and multiple genres. At its core it is about manipulation, trust and the fighting spirit. If you want to give your grey cells a workout it could be for you. It is well worth a second viewing too – as your perspective changes throughout. It is slow burning and very much character driven so you need to be patient – to allow it to unravel itself toward a great payoff.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

This taught, twisting thriller had us second guessing all the way – and still managed to offer surprises. We have multiple stories of varying complexity available in our Mystery Thriller range – and we like to think (based on evaluations by participants) that we deliver the same journey and experience as taken in this film. If you like a true challenge – you should play one of our Dead on Time Forensic Thriller events and talk to us about the difficulty level you would like to put your teams through! They range from moderate to mind-bendingly complex.

 

Safe Haven
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on January 7, 2014
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Safe Haven

This is remarkable. Something I thought impossible happened… a film with more of a twist ending than the Usual Suspects is the first film to score ZERO nutshells! It may be that my fight to avoid throwing myself out of the window distracted me enough to not see it coming – because this is simply awful. Outrageously clichéd – in every imaginable way. It may be perversely tempting to endure this to experience the end – but, quite simply – you need to resist that temptation. Save yourself! There was some beautiful cinematography – but not enough to counterbalance the misery.

The Bigger Boat: 0/5

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Pain and Gain
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on January 5, 2014
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Pain and Gain

When this landed on the mat – I was disappointed. Whalberg and The Rock – my expectation was low. When I realised it was a Bay film – I nearly didn’t put it in the machine. It would’ve been my loss because this was surprisingly entertaining. The fact the leads play a very dark comedy totally straight is the secret to success in what is a shocking, funny and horrifying story. The fact it is very close to the true events makes it all the better. However, there is so much to fit in that it does sag a little in the middle – unlike the leads! The extras documentary telling the actual story is also worth a watch.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

 

Given this is based on a true story makes it quite unbelievable, yet it actually happened! Whilst this film will win no Oscars it is a fun film with laugh out loud moments.  Marky Mark is great as body builder number 1 with the Rock a decent comic foil as his Jesus loving buddy.  It is slightly over long but the 3 main leads keep you interested and knowing it happened makes it more entertaining. Summed up it is big muscled men with a few bikini wearing ladies thrown in attempting to pull of a crime caper, and it is a good, fun ride.

Truffle Shuffler: 3/5

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Now You See Me
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on January 4, 2014
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Now You See Me

The trailer for this look great, the actual film therefore disappoints. It is a great premise with a decent cast put I found myself not really caring about the main characters (in fact they actually started annoying me!) and the apparent “twist” ending can be seen a mile away!! Could have been much better if it wasn’t so lazy.

The Truffle Shuffler: 2.5/5

 

Take Ocean’s 11 but with magicians and you could be on to a winner. Unfortunately, it is all glitz and glamour – and just an illusion of a good film. The whole thing is structured like a magic trick (they must have felt so smart) – with numerous ‘slights of hand’ and improbable reveal upon reveal. At one point I thought I was watching a ‘Carry On’ film it became so daft. Harrelson is the most entertaining – but this is David Copperfield rather than Derren Brown. You simply feel cheated.

The Bigger Boat: 1.5/5

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Django Unchained
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on January 3, 2014
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Django Unchained

A ‘western’ like you have never seen before – with a brilliantly balanced dialogue – story – action – humour mix that Tarrantino does so well when on form. Better than Inglorious Basterds and truly entertaining to watch – even for non-western fans because it has so many elements to it.  It nearly has it all – it’s dark edge tinged with some genuine laugh out loud moments.  It’s just a little overlong – but is still wonderful (if very violent) fun!

 

The Bigger Boat: 4.5/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

So, we do not have a western themed team building event – but take inspiration from the structure and mechanics of this well told and engaging story. We also found the rather unconventional use of music particularly effective here – and adopt the same theory in all of our events. It’s why you will find a range of background music in all of team building days. It is induces the mood – quickening the heart beat or calming you down. If you liked this movie – you find influences in all of our corporate events – Target: Mars, Bunkered and Dead on Time.

Trance
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on January 3, 2014
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Trance

If you are a fan of nakedness then there is one out standing scene in this film! Apart from that this is a film that tries to be way too clever and only achieves being very daft. It starts of ok with a decent premise but then it goes to pot and gets silly.

Truffle Shuffler: 2/5

 

It has a promising start – but gets lost in its own convoluted ideas and presentation. I lost interest about half way through – where the focus switched from story-telling to directorial flair. Unfortunately, the ending is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is either. Fair to say, the best bits definitely belong to Rosario Dawson.

The Bigger Boat: 2/5

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