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  • Robot Overlords

    Robot Overlords 2015

    ★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015 2

    Two words you wouldn’t expect in the same sentence: ‘kitchen-sink’ and ‘robots’. Ok that’s three words. Either way, that’s what Jon Wright’s third feature serves up and it’s a really quite bizarre concoction, one indeed that doesn’t particularly work. Robot Overlords is basically what happens if you cross EastEnders with Battlestar Galactica; alien robots invade the planet, on the premise of studying humans who they lock away in their homes with tracking devices on their necks, which if they go…

  • Seventh Son

    Seventh Son 2014

    ★★ Watched 26 Mar, 2015

    2015 may not be remembered in movie terms for the return of Star Wars or the Sony hack after effects, no it's quite possible it may be remembered for the Best Actor & Actress both, within a month of each other & the Oscars ceremony, delivering both career best and perhaps career worst performances. For Eddie Redmayne it was his hammy villain turn in Jupiter Ascending, while in Seventh Son it's Julianne Moore's turn as... well, a hammy villain. That is, unquestionably,…

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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…