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  • The Invitation

    The Invitation 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    Nicely gripping and chaotic, even if you can see the various story beats coming.

  • Warcraft

    Warcraft 2016

    ★½ Added

    If there's one person I'd have put my house on being able to make an effective video game adaptation, it would have been Duncan Jones. From his twitter account it's clear he has a real affinity and respect for gaming. Plus, his two films to date have been among my favourites of the last 10 years.

    and yet, and yet... his 'Warcraft' is staggeringly inept on almost every level. It feels like it's been absolutely butchered by the studio as…

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  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange 2016

    ★★★ Added

    A mixed bag.

    In terms of set pieces and visuals, this might be the most spectacular thing I've seen at the cinema since The Matrix.

    In terms of storyline and characterisation, this might be the first time Marvel have really gotten it wrong. Cumberbatch is nondescript with a poor accent in an underwritten origin and Mads Mikkelsen the most criminal waste of a villain yet. Everything from Strange's introduction up to his arrival in Nepal is a mess, and although…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    Harsh, brutal, uncompromising, beautiful.

    I'm not interested in the Oscar talk for Leo (truth be told, the best performances in this are Tom Hardy and Domnhall Gleeson. Leo is definitely due one but in this he is basically just reacting to being hurled around) but Inarritu has taken the flash and technical brilliance of Birdman and added some actual substance and a proper theme to it, resulting in a much more satisfying picture.