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Dallas Buyers Club - Biography, Drama, Netflix  

Damascus Cover - Thriller, NowTV

Damsel - Comedy, Western, NowTV

Dance Flick - Comedy, Netflix 

Danger One - Action, Comedy, NowTV

Dark Crimes - Crime, True Story, NowTV

Dark Shadows - Horror/Comedy, Netflix 

Dark Minds - Drama, NowTV

The Dark Tower - Action, Fantasy, Netflix 

The Darkest Dawn - Sci-Fi, Drama, Netflix 

Darkest Hour - Biography, Drama, NowTV

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Based on the true story of Ron Woodroof

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Denis O'Hare & Michael O'Neill

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallee

Platform: Netflix 

IMDB: 8/10, RT: 93% Fresh

McConaughey won the Oscar for best actor, Leto won the Oscar for best supporting actor

Synopsis: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Verdict: Entertaining drama with two excellent performances by Mcconaughey and Leto. Recommended!

 

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Damascus Cover (2017)

Olivia Thirlby, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt, Jurgen Prochnow

Directed by: David Zelik Berk 

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 5.1/10, RT: 14% Rotten

Synopsis: A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.

Verdict: Didn't interest me, Rhys Meyers was phoning it in, if he can't be bothered I don't see why I should.

 

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Damsel (2018)

Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Written & Directed by: David & Nathan Zellner

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 5.6/10, RT: 69% Fresh

Synopsis: It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Verdict: A comedy in the vein of Coen Brothers, it has its moments but there are large periods where literally nothing happens, to the point where less patient will turn it off. Pattinson is quite good but I still don't see him as Batman.

 

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Dance Flick (2009)

Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr, Chris Elliott, Christina Murphy 

Directed by: Damien Dante Wayans

Platform: Netflix 

IMDB: 3.5/10, RT: 18% Rotten

Synopsis: Street dancer Thomas Uncles is from the wrong side of the tracks, but his bond with the beautiful Megan White might help the duo realize their dreams as they enter in the mother of all dance battles.

Verdict: Another unfunny Wayan brothers parody. Who keeps giving the 25 Wayan brothers money to make this crud?

 

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Danger One (2018)

Tom Everett Scott, James Jurdi, Angelica Celaya, Denis O'Hare, Michael O'Neill

Directed by: Tom Oesch

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 5.8/10

Synopsis: While transporting a dying man to the hospital, two paramedics find a million dollars in cash sewn into his clothing. When the man dies, they decide to keep it, setting them on a path for a hellish night of violence and mayhem.

Verdict: Didn't hold my interest, acting from the two leads was a bit amateur, gave it 20 minutes.

 

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Dark Crimes (2016)

Based upon the investigative article "True Crimes: A Postmodern Murder Mystery" published in the New Yorker in 2008 by David Gans about the real life convicted murderer Krystian Bala, who was eventually tied to the unsolved murder of Polish businessman Dariusz Janiszewski after detectives found Bala's fictional novel "Amok" contained a fictional version of the real life killing using information only the police and murderer would know!

Jim Carrey, Marton Csokas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Vlad Ivanov

Directed by: Alexandros Avranas

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 5.1/10, RT: 0% Rotten

Synopsis: Tadek, a police officer who finds similarities between the assassination of a policeman and a crime narrated in a book by the writer, Krystov Kozlow. When Tadek begins to track down Kozlow and his girlfriend, a mysterious underground sex club worker, his obsession will grow and descend to the underworld of sex, lies and corruption to find the terrible truth.

Verdict: Its interesting to see Jim Carrey in a subdued straight role but the true story seems vastly more interesting than this plodding interpretation.

 

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Harley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz & Christopher Lee

Directed by: Tim Burton

Platform: Netflix 

IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 36% Rotten

Synopsis: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Verdict: Never watched or know anything of the original TV series, it starts off ok and seems typical Burton until you see a vampire redirect a house while the Carpenters are playing. After that I sort of lost interest, I thought Depp was good though.

 

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Dark Minds (2017)

Called "Aardvark" in North America 

Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate, Sheila Vand, Jon Hamm

Directed by: Brian Shoaf

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 4.5/10, RT: 12% Rotten

Synopsis: Emily Milburton is a therapist who is struggling with personal problems. Things change when she meets her new patient, Josh Norman, who is mentally ill. Josh starts to develop feelings for Emily but things get interesting when Emily falls for Josh's brother, Craig.

Verdict: I was bored after 20 minutes. 

 

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The Dark Tower (2017)

Based upon and also a kind of sequel to The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King 

Idris Elba, Matthew Mcconaughey, Tom Taylor, Denis Haysbert, Claudia Kim & Jackie Earle Haley

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

Platform: Netflix

IMDB: 5.6/10, RT: 16% Rotten

Synopsis: A boy haunted by visions of a dark tower from a parallel reality teams up with the tower's disillusioned guardian to stop an evil warlock known as the Man in Black who plans to use the boy to destroy the tower and open the gates of Hell.

Verdict: Being a fan of the overall story and characters (but not all the books) I had been avoiding this film like the plague. Well, I didn't hate it, in fact it was better than I thought and parts of it I really enjoyed. However, it would serve better as a TV series, with a runtime of only 1hr 49mins it's asking a lot to put even the basis of a trilogy of movies into that short of time. Elba is a highlight and his chemistry with Taylor was a great representation of the book, I probably enjoyed it more than most, especially looking at that RT rating!

 

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The Darkest Dawn (2016)

Bethan Leadley, Cherry Wallis, Jess Cleverly, Sarah Perugia

Directed by: Drew Casson

Platform: Netflix 

IMDB: 4.1/10

Synopsis: The movie that tells the story of two teenage sisters as Britain descends into an alien apocalypse. Told through the eyes of the younger sister, the sisters' descent into a post apocalyptic hell where they must choose between humanity and brutality in the fight for survival.

Verdict: B-Movie British Alien invasion movie, very amateurish!

 

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Darkest Hour (2017)

Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup

Directed by: Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Pan)

Platform: NowTV

IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 85% Fresh

Gary Oldman won an Oscar for Best Actor

Synopsis: In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Verdict: A captivating performance by Gary Oldman in a not always captivating movie on the events leading up to Dunkirk.

 

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