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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016

    ★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2016

    So this was inevitable, wasn't it? The Harry Potter Cinematic Universe. We're maybe five to ten years away from Cursed Child being adapted from the stage (mark my words, it'll happen), so Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is the stop gap before the boy who lived returns as an adult who, err, lived a bit more. To be fair, it's not necessarily just a cynical financial move - JK Rowling's Potterverse is rich with detail and secret history, with…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2016 5

    There's a human message in Arrival which doesn't just feel timely, but rather essential as we draw to an end of a year which will, sadly, be remembered as infamous. Denis Villeneuve's picture almost feels like a cinematic elegy to communication and understanding, symbolically representing a period in history where communication, language and interpretation are being eroded by the fabric of history. Adapted from Ted Chiang's award winning novella 'Story of Your Life', Villeneuve's film is his logical extension into…

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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 7

    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…