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Thomas Patrick

Founder of www.thatfilmguy.net and self-confessed film aficionado

A graduate of the University of Exeter with a BA in English Studies and an MA in Film Studies and Creative Writing, Tom Patrick is a film ‘expert’ with a penchant for writing. Originally working in marketing and advertising, he switched careers to become a paper merchant (like Ricky Gervais in The Office) and a freelance blogger and film reviewer.

In early 2011 he established a film review website called www.thatfilmguy.net, the success of which lead to him being hired to write for local newspaper the Mirror Midweek and guest write articles for various film-related websites.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige claims that <em>Guardians if the Galaxy</em>, based on a little-known comic book is the biggest gamble he's taken with a film since Iron Man. He's right.  Fortunately like the studios first film, it gets it just right.
30/07/2014 13:43 BST

Review: Snowpiercer (2013)

Set in 2032, <em>Snowpiercer</em> imagines a world after a cataclysmic event caused by World governments in an attempt to counter global warming. The effect is that almost all of the human population is wiped it in a never-ending winter.
21/07/2014 13:55 BST

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Fast-forward three years and director Matt Reeves, best known for <em>Cloverfield</em>, takes over the reigns for the equally clunkily-titled <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>. But don't let the title fool you; this is every bit the worthy successor to the original that you could hope for.
11/07/2014 11:46 BST

Review: Transcendence (2014)

Starting with endless flat dialogue full of nonsensical techno-babble, the film skips to the Transcendence in double-quick time. There's little time to flesh out the characters and the urgency is placed on humanities fear of new technologies.
21/04/2014 16:42 BST

Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Following the relaunch of the Jim Henson-created brand The Muppets, in the original titled <i>The Muppets</i> a solid commercial and critical reaction has lead to a sequel <i>Muppets Most Wanted</i>.
13/03/2014 13:54 GMT

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Fans of the original will find plenty to enjoy in the '300 on steroids' approach and it nicely sets up a rousing finale. For everyone else there are enough moments of genuine ingenuity to stop it being a complete shambles, but remember to switch your brain off at the door and prepare for a visual and aural beating. Sparta this isn't.
04/03/2014 15:13 GMT

Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

Set in an indeterminate future Qohen Leth, Christoph Waltz is an employee for a huge corporation in a dystopian future, a company that XXX owned by Management (Matt Damon), who tasks him with solving the Zero Theorem, itself part of Big Crunch theory.
28/02/2014 12:15 GMT

Review: The Lego Movie (2014)

A film titled <em>The Lego Movie</em>, which was based on the ultra-popular Danish multi-purpose bricks could so easily have been a glorified advert. In many ways it is, and in so many other ways it's much more.
27/02/2014 16:28 GMT

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

There's still plenty to recommend it, but it never lives up to the promise of the original, but who knows, over time there might be enough quotable goodness to elevate <i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i> into a cult favourite.
19/12/2013 15:14 GMT

Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Let's get a few facts about <i>Thor: The Dark World</i> out in the open from the outset. It is the shortest Marvel film to date and as such it rarely drags or feels baggy. It is also the funniest Marvel film to date, which considering previous films have had the likes of <a href="http://www.thatfilmguy.net/robert-downey-jr/">Robert Downey Jr.</a> in them is no mean feat.
29/10/2013 17:25 GMT

Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Far from mocking comic book films <em>Kick-Ass 2</em> falls into the same cliches that the first film roundly mocked. We are now given plenty if emotional baggage for all characters as well as constant references to fallen mentors that cheapen the impact of the satire.
13/08/2013 09:33 BST

Review: The Conjuring (2013)

irected by James Wan, the man who kick-started the torture-porn sub-genre a decade previously, <em>The Conjuring</em> is a surprisingly blood-free horror that bears more in common with his last work <a href="http://www.thatfilmguy.net/insidious/"><em>Insidious</em></a> than the one that made his name.
05/08/2013 17:56 BST

Review: The World's End (2013)

The first thing to say about <i>The World's End</i> is that it's funny. Very funny. In fact if there's a film that makes you laugh as much this year it'll come as a surprise.
09/07/2013 22:39 BST

Review: Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel is a bold, brash and greyish-blue attempt to reboot the superhero character who kick-started the comic book film revolution comes off the back of a huge wave of hype thanks to a The Dark Knight Rises type of marketing campaign.
13/06/2013 22:17 BST

Review: World War Z (2013)

The zombie apocalypse has been the one of the most popular forms of world-ending cataclysm for some time. World War Z, being the big zombie blockbuster, casually uses both type of zombie, the fast-moving infected and the shuffling corpses.
07/06/2013 13:22 BST

Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

One of the problems with adapting a famous literary work for film is that there is a lot of subtext and nuance to try and capture in a visual super-text medium. This problem is compounded when the director is known for his visual flair rather than his subtlety.
16/05/2013 22:58 BST

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

JJ Abrams keeps things bright and breezy, and other than a staggering over-use of lens flare directs with a sure hand. Pitched at the opposite end of the blockbuster spectrum to Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek Into Darkness forgoes desolation, loneliness and struggle in favour of a light-hearted approach...
04/05/2013 19:16 BST

Review: Evil Dead (2013)

Fans of the original The Evil Dead will remember the comic touches that Sam Raimi laced his screenplay with. Gone is this particular element of charm, replaced by Alvarez with a cascade of blood and self-abuse. That's not to say that it isn't entertaining.
19/04/2013 11:30 BST

Review: Oblivion (2013)

Based on a yet unpublished graphic novel of the same name, Joseph Kosinki's Oblivion is an homage-heavy science fiction film starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
11/04/2013 11:57 BST