Thomas Patrick
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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.

Entries by Thomas Patrick

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (22:34)

If I were JJ Abrams, I'd be a little bit worried now. With Star Wars Episode VII seemingly in the news every week, with over a year to go till release, the pressure is really mounting for him to deliver something special. Imagine how much worse that will be now...

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Review: Snowpiercer (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (12:50)

An English adaptation of a French graphic novel by a South Korean director, Snowpiercer is an apocalyptic future tale whose journey to release is almost is crazy and interesting as the film itself. Released in most countries in 2013, it never made it to the US at the...

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

(3) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (10:49)

The Apes of Wrath

It took 10 years worth of work to help Rupert Wyatt reboot the ailing Planet of the Apes franchise. In the clunkily-titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes audiences saw a blockbuster hit arrive almost unannounced in the summer of 2011 and blow...

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Review: Transcendence (2014)

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (12:20)

Based on a script that comes from the infamous blacklist of best unproduced films in Hollywood, featuring an all-star cast and marking the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence has all the credentials of an intriguing science fiction think piece that looks to tackle some...

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Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (13:29)

Following the relaunch of the Jim Henson-created brand The Muppets, in the original titled The Muppets a solid commercial and critical reaction has lead to a sequel Muppets Most Wanted.

In a Gulag in Russia, the 'World's Most Dangerous Frog' Constantine hatches a daring escape. With help of his second...

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Review: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

(1) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (22:09)

7 years after the release of Zack Snyder's take on the 300 graphic novel by Frank Miller comes a wrap-around sequel 300: Rise of an Empire directed by Noam Murro. Starting after the end of the previous film before flashing back to before, this sequel begins after the end...

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Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (16:21)

The master of the weird and wonderful Terry Gilliam hasn't been the most consistent director of recent years. After onset problems with his Don Quixote film and the documentary that came from it, his unique brand of film-making has proved difficult with regard raising any kind of production funds. However...

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Review: The Lego Movie (2014)

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (16:19)

Like video games based on films, films based on toys are often ill-conceived, produced cheaply and lack originality. Everything from Masters of the Universe through Transformers to Battleship, they are often just an excuse to cash in on a popular title in the most cost-effective way possible. So...

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Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (11:48)

With a voice that can make a wolverine purr the legendary anchorman Ron Burgandy is back. 10 years after the release of the now cult classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy comes Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Set in the 1980s, the world has changed for our hero...

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (11:35)

The second film in trilogies are always difficult to handle. The setup is done in the first film, while the conclusion is handled in the third, so the second film has to get stuck in straight away and normally end with a cliff-hanger ending, while still trying to have its...

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Review: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (23:09)

As Marvel continue through their self-titled Phase 2 of films, they return to Asgard and the home of the hammer-wielding hero Thor. Set two years after the events of the first film, Thor: The Dark World catches us up with the comings and goings of the dysfunctional ruling family of...

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Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (22:25)

When released in 2010, the Matthew Vaughn directed Kick-Ass became something of a revelation. Surrounded by increasingly po-faced comic book superhero films the original film followed the story of a normal teenager donning a wet-suit to fight crime and took great big pot-shots at the genre. It successfully subverted every aspect of...

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Review: The Conjuring (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2013 | (23:05)

Riding a wave of critical success in the States, The Conjuring has outsold almost every big budget blockbuster of the summer with a meager budget of only $20m in comparison. Directed by James Wan, the man who kick-started the torture-porn sub-genre a decade previously, The Conjuring is a surprisingly blood-free...

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Review: The World's End (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (23:33)

What do you do if you think the world is ending? If you're Edgar Wright, Nick Frost or Simon Pegg, you desperately try to finish an epic pub crawl. The boys are back in town, or in this case, the sleepy British town of Newton Haven. The trio of director...

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Review: Man of Steel (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (15:21)

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. With panning shots of fields in Kansas,...

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Review: World War Z (2013)

(2) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (00:05)

The zombie apocalypse has been the one of the most popular forms of world-ending cataclysm for some time. In fact it's now so embedded in the public consciousness that if it turns out to be a rogue asteroid or the arrival of aliens that ends our rule on the...

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Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (17:44)

Arguably the greatest American literary work, F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz-age love tale The Great Gatsby has seen four previous film adaptations all of which failed to capture the essence of the famous novella. These bring us to director Baz Luhrmann and his attempts brings his undoubted eye for...

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

(1) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (23:09)

When JJ Abrams announced that he was going to reboot the Star Trek franchise, few could have imagined just how spectacularly he would have succeeded. Taking the term 'reboot' seriously, he created an alternative timeline in which the established narrative could be bent, modified and in some cases...

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Review: Evil Dead (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (23:15)

Five young people alone in a cabin. One finds an occult looking book and all Hell breaks loose. Literally. Sam Raimi's masterpiece of low-budget horror film-making, The Evil Dead, is one of the most popular and enduring cult films of all time. Raimi and former star

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Review: Oblivion (2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (23:20)

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. Following his success as director with TRON: Legacy Kosinki draws together a host of science fiction...

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