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  • Into the Woods 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Musicals: you either love them or hate them. You won’t have gone to see Into The Woods if you can’t stand a musical, so if you did see this in the cinema this year then you probably left having had as much fun as you had hoped.

    Into The Woods is the kind of film that you’ve got to take with a pinch of salt. If you let yourself be taken in by its humour and fun then there are…

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    American Sniper has had a many mixed reviews after its recent release. I guess a lot of it’s down to the central character of Chris Kyle. Should we hold him up as a hero and nothing more because of the life he lived and died for? Or is it okay to find flaws in his character? It’s this battle that goes on in your mind throughout watching, but it’s also what makes American Sniper such a strong character study.

    However,…

  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Foxcatcher is a chilling thriller that really gets under your skin. From the trailer alone you know that this is no ordinary story, and the ghost of not knowing what could all go so wrong haunts you until the very end.

    I’m half tempted to give Foxcatcher 4.5 stars because it had such a chilling after effect, and the suspense was there constantly. But there were too many times that I was waiting for something more to happen or for…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015

    Birdman is a hard film for me to review. There was so much hype around how incredible and clever that it was that I thought I HAD to see it. So I did, but I felt slightly underwhelmed after doing so. It’s this hype that I blame though, as there were parts of the film that I loved. I just didn’t connect to it as well as I though I should have.

    The real highlight of Birdman is the style…

  • Unbroken 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    Unbroken is a film that I’ve been anticipating for a while, and that’s because of the talent (or potential talent) involved. With direction from Angelina Jolie, a screenplay adapted by the brilliant Coen Brothers, and a promising performance from the recently impressive Jack O’Connell, Unbroken had all the right people involved to make this one of 2014’s best. And for me, it was.

    Earlier in 2014, The Railway Man told a similar true war story, bit it missed the mark…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Stretching The Hobbit novel into three films was a brave move from the beginning, but it’s only in this final film that you can see Jackson’s struggle. Whilst a battle of five whole armies may sound like a film worth of footage, not a lot actually happens in these final pages of the novel. With the war itself being skipped over quite quickly in no more than 3 pages, the exhilarating adventure that The Hobbit is known for being is,…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2014

    Moving on from the huge twist that Catching Fire left us with, the story itself didn’t really have anywhere else to go, but the best characteristics of a dystopia are always around the themes of standing up for yourself, fighting against wrong, and making a difference, and it’s what we’ve been waiting for Katniss to do. Unfortunately, she isn’t quite ready.

    It’s the focus on Katniss’ character that takes dominance with this film, as she’s left broken, confused, and with…

  • The Hangover Part III 2013

    ★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    I stand by the fact that The Hangover 1 should have been left well alone, but this wasn't as completely awful as I expected. Sure it's a film that shouldn't have happened, but there were quite a few laughs in between some very over the top moments. The story kind of worked, and the characters are still brilliant so I'll not completely rip the film apart. A nice ending to the trilogy, as well.

  • Larry Crowne 2011

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 1

    Surely Tom Hanks isn't lacking in film offers just yet? But I kind of liked his character here... it totally undermines his talent but he's a lovable guy.

  • Good Morning, Vietnam 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015

    Damn, I miss Robin Williams.

  • Evan Almighty 2007

    ★★★ Rewatched 04 Jan, 2015

    Not bad for a follow on film to a decent comedy that should have been left well alone. But that's because it's led by Steve Carell who can make you laugh at anything.

  • Naked 1993

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    Wow. That was dark. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of the story was, however. It just centred on a couple of men who liked to inflict pain during sex which was quite uncomfortable to watch. Nobody was happy but there was some dark comedy underneath all the bad, but it's bleakness makes it a hard film to review. Got to love David Thewlis, though.