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  • House of Whipcord 1974

    ★★★★ Added

    Pete Walker's snarling reaction to the Festival of Light casts Mary Whiteho... excuse me, Mrs. Wakefield as the governess of a private Christian prison who's bent on torturing the immorality out of nubile young women. Surprisingly restrained for a Walker film, with an cult-star making turn from Sheila Keith as sadistic guard Walker.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    A significant drop in quality after the excellent Catching Fire, as we are treated to the exposition half of what even fans acknowledge is the lamest book in the series. There are some interesting points about propaganda but those get lost in the background of endless conversations in grey concrete bunkers. Plus with Peeta trapped in the capital we're stuck with this franchise's Jacob, the hunky but dull Gale. Hopefully the second part will remember stuff is supposed to happen in these movies.

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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!!