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  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Mostly enjoyable, although a good deal less subtle than Baumbach's previous film, the wonderful Frances Ha. However, the story of a couple of 40-somethings finding themselves initially invigorated and then disillusioned by two young hipsters would work fine on its own - it doesn't need the totally irrelevant and completely dramatically inert "documentary filmmakers" angle. It's hard to stay interested in this side of the film, which reaches its nadir in a massively uninvolving duologue between Stiller and Driver in one of the film's last scenes. Everything aside from that is good though - it's nice to see Ben Stiller giving a sh*t again.

  • Son of a Gun

    Son of a Gun 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Although storywise it struggles to rise out of cliche (do we really still need chess metaphors in a crime film in 2015?), Son Of A Gun certainly shows promise from its young director Julius Avery, who stages two excellent action sequences in a prison break and the centrepiece heist. Ewan McGregor is the standout in the cast, playing well against type.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    As soon as it finished I had the strongest desire to speak to my mum and dad. I couldn't really relate to Mason himself (maybe that's not really the point?) but seeing his parents age and make their own continual f*ckups was close to devastating.

  • Killer Elite

    Killer Elite 2011

    ★★ Added 1

    Possibly some of the clunkiest dialogue ever written, performed in some of the most astonishingly bad accents ever committed to film - and a huge huge waste of the potential of its cast. This gets 1 and a half stars for a couple of good action scenes and half a star for introducing me to the phrase "mfwic"