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  • The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Compelling and sensitive, The Theory of Everything gives us a snapshot look at the lives of Stephen and Jane Hawking. From their early days as young lovers at Cambridge, to the struggles when Stephen is stricken by a motor-neuron disease. Eddie Redmayne is undeniably mesmerising as the Professor (the Oscar nom is more than justified). He manages to encapsulate the energy of a young man full of knowledge that he wants to share, to the transformation of a man trapped…

  • The Gentle Gunman 1952

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Personalities and morals clash in this taught drama. It's certainly not too cheery, depicting the inner turmoil of the IRA with smoking gunman, and the one dame that got away. It ends how you'd expect it to but leaves it's mark.

    Distinctively average, yet honestly astute.

  • The Football Factory 2004

    Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    An ugly and nonsensical film that does more harm than good. A waste of my time so this review is to help you from doing the same.

    Avoid.

  • Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 2

    We fear what we don't understand, and the more we don't understand, the less we ask questions.

    Alex Garland's directorial debut has the above statement running through it's veins. Caleb, a bright and prodigious young computer software coder, wins a competition to spend a week in the company of Nathan, the CEO of large technological corporation - who's idiosyncrasies aren't too far removed from those of Tony Stark's - who has been playing deus ex machina in his spare time.…

  • Two for the Road 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    A wonderfully triumphant drama that mixes comedy with the tragedy of love. Whilst the film ostensibly is about love, and how we use it, it feels more like a battle of the sexes and a fight for power in a, not so solid relationship.

    Albert Finney's character took some getting used to but once I was bedded in, he and the ever beautiful Audrey Hepburn set the screen a light.

    A highly recommend jaunt, that has the feel of everything I expect the 1960's were like.

  • Never Let Me Go 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015 4

    As much as I could enjoy it, Never Let Me Go felt palpable, and very affecting to me. I was fully engaged from the start. Each of the cast seemed to bring a certain quality to their character, but the film belongs to Carey Mulligan. She stood out for me, her deft performance helped guide me along as if I was there. Alex Garland's script based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name had weight behind it. A varied mix of feelings on this one. I certainly look forward to reading more about it before visiting it again.

  • Shogun Assassin 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    The best father and son picture ever made.

  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Big Hero 6 has the heart of the Iron Giant and the make up of The Incredibles, combined with great visuals, likable characters, and wonderfully realised imagery. A nerdy fangasm superhero animated picture for the ages.

  • Brick Mansions 2014

    Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    Utter, utter dross. How shit like this can get made but still no Dredd sequel is baffling to me. If you like choppy shots that look like they were edited by a child then give it a go, all others avoid like the plague.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Hugely entertaining and utterly bonkers. Keanu was born to play John Wick; a man who wipes out the majority of the Russian mob in retaliation for killing his dog and stealing his car. Perfect pacing, and lavishly choreographed. The shootout finale was so unreal; seeing a guy run people over then shoot them as they role over the roof of the vehicle was glorious!

    Plain, simple and well executed, John Wick is an action fans wet dream.

  • The Man Who Wasn't There 2001

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2015

    Wow! It seems those Coen boys have delivered another masterpiece; a beautiful dark and moody, atmospheric masterpiece.

    Ed Crane is my new hero.

  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2015 3

    The Immigrant seemed like a pointless exercise in extortion on the account the vulnerability of the naïve and less fortunate, this is how I saw the film play out:

    : Woman and sister go to America to seek 'the dream'
    : Woman's sister becomes ill and cannot enter the country
    : Man helps woman and sister and extorts her in to prostitution
    : Man falls in love with woman
    : Woman falls in love with man's cousin
    : Man kills…