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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    If Batman vs Superman this year came loaded with expectation, Captain America: Civil War conversely has arrived buoyed by an insane amount of hype. In some respects, that's surprising given Marvel didn't have the greatest 2015 for their cinematic universe, which we are now very much in the thick of; Avengers: Age of Ultron faltered under the weight of a bloated cast and cloudy narrative motivations, failing to capture the magic of the first 2012 team up, while Ant-Man--though better…

  • The Salvation

    The Salvation 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2016

    Channeling the cool spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone mixed with John Ford brutality, The Salvation is a bleak and swift Danish thriller set in the Old West which allows Mads Mikklesen to play the darkness he's exuded in roles such as Hannibal Lecter alongside the quiet pain of dramas like The Hunt, of a family man driven to desperate measures after having his life violently and swiftly snatched away from him. Most surprising about The Salvation perhaps is that it…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2014 12

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012 6

    Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's…