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  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    Not everyone believes in Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, Lee Child's hard as nails, ex-Army drifter who helps the little guy, kicks arse and moves on. It'd be nice if Never Go Back, the sequel to Christopher McQuarrie's first adaptation of Child's books, put paid to that scepticism, because on the whole Cruise carries this solid, no frills, entertaining picture with brick wall aplomb. There may not be more of a divisive star in Hollywood than the Cruiser - you…

  • Inferno

    Inferno 2016

    ★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2016

    How did we get here? After The Da Vinci Code adaptation bored everyone to tears, and Angels & Demons turned out so languid and wacky doodle as to almost be a comedy, in what world did Ron Howard think we wanted or needed Inferno? Indeed the prevailing winds against Dan Brown's super successful but super silly arcane action thrillers are so strong, Howard elected to skip his third Robert Langdon book The Lost Symbol entirely (a good choice, as it's rubbish),…

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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…