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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Good capper to the series, thankfully with sufficient stuff happening to make up for the tedious Mockingjay 1 (which frankly could have been a ten-minute prologue to this film and lost virtually nothing). Dramatic heavy lifting is mostly down to Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, both of whom are really terrific, finally resolving the unnecessary love triangle (Liam Hemsworth's Gale was indeed the Jacob of this particular franchise, though without all the vampire-baby imprinting weirdness).

    The fates of some characters…

  • M

    M 1931

    ★★★★½ Added

    Deservedly regarded as a masterpiece, pioneering the use of ambient sounds and leitmotif to drive the plot. Add to this Lorre's chilling performance and Lang's superb composition, and despite an overly-talky first half, it's a truly extraordinary watch.

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  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012

    ★★★★½ Added


  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Visually spectacular, but oddly unengaging. At times brilliant, at times painfully hamfisted, with a dying Earth premise that never quite rings true. The cast are great and the concepts weighty and fascinating, but too often it feels like parts were rushed to get to the bits Nolan was interested in (a bit bizarre in a 3-hour film). The 2001 references are likewise rather too on the nose. Admirable for it's scope and ambition, but lacking Nolan's normal skill in execution.