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Well acted, with a reasonable plot, some snappy lines and pretty good acting, but oh so very long! I quite enjoyed the first 90mins or so, but after that, it felt like I was gorging on a Columbo boxset. Slightly disappointing ending and not quite as clever as it thinks it is. 7.5/10
Fairly jocular throughout, with a few mild surprises, this Italian comedy almost makes you laugh quite often, but never really does. It's like an Italian equivalent of an Ealing comedy from the same era. It's perfectly watchable, Toto' is funnier than I've usually found him and it's all quite amusing. 7.25/10
Although this film has a 'cool', almost European look about it, it is actually the most trite and hackneyed 'washed-up, drunken New York cop' thriller one could ever scribble on the back of a small beermat. Neeson is as good as always, bringing a much-needed hint of Taken to what would otherwise be a straight-to-video £1.99 DVD. The jive-talking sidekick is an unwise and extremely irritating inclusion, and the actual crime plot is quite unpleasant. When I left the mostly-empty cinema, I didn't see anyone wildly excited by what they had just seen. It's ok, I suppose. 7/10
"Amici Per La Pelle" is a perfectly enjoyable movie about the strong friendship between two schoolboys as they grow up. They are apparently from different backgrounds, although I didn't find the contrast enough to make their friendship seem so unlikely, which might make for more of a story. As with much 1950s-60s Italian cinema, not a lot really happens, but it's all very watchable and well-made. 7.25/10
The music, the look and the direction of this film are all very nicely done, but the plot... I have almost no idea what it was about, and I was really giving it my undivided attention. I think there was some clever philosophy in there about what makes you you and how one day a computer might be just as real a person as you are, but it was all a little too crazy for me. 6.25/10