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  • Hercules 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    A pretty solid hunk of cheese over a giant side of beef. Vaguely based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’, the movie imagines Herc (played by the chiseled granite slab of charisma that is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) as a straight-up mercenary, who has built up his indestructible demigod reputation through tall tales and a badass support team. While the script is standard sword and sandal hokum, Johnson is relentlessly watchable and the supporting cast is ridiculous.…

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    Brutally frank and very moving documentary about arguably the world’s most popular film critic, from his rise to fame at the Chicago Sun Times to TV and internet celebrity, his fraction relationship with Gene Siskel, and the cancer which destroyed his face and voice and ultimately took his life. In places, hard to watch (even having read the autobiography on which this was based, I hadn’t realised the extent to which Roger’s face had been damaged – he literally has…

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  • 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.

  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

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