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  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970

    ★★★ Added

    Wilder's highly regarded (if studio-compromised) attempt to demystify Holmes is a mixed bag. It looks wonderful, but is too self-consciously quirky and not funny enough to truly impress. Christopher Lee has an enjoyable cameo as Mycroft, but Holmes himself (Robert Stephens) does very little detectoring and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely) follows the infuriating Nigel Bruce dunderhead pattern.

  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    Snappy, quirky and blackly comic neo-western in which Kodi Smit-Mcphee travels to the old west from Scotland to find his lost love (Caren Pistorius) and her dad (Game of Thrones' Rory McCann). Michael Fassbender is among the last of a dying breed, bounty hunters, who hooks up with Mcphee for what might not be the most noble of reasons. Things generally don't unfold as expected, except perhaps that Ben Mendelsohn inevitably plays a wrong 'un.

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  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    IT'S CALLED THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS GODDAMMIT!!

  • 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.