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  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2015

    This year's John Green adaptation is hard to compare to last year's brilliant The Fault In Our Stars, because it deals with powerful characters, only at a lesser level this time around.

    The performances from Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne are excellent, but their relationship just isn't as strong as the one we saw between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Still, Green explores honest stereotypes, a heartfelt story about growing up that teaches you not to judge somebody because of…

  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2015

    I was annoyed about the trailer for this film, ruining one of the biggest scenes in the film, but there was still a lot of story left to be told.

    Jake Gyllenhaal's transformation is amazing, as is his performance.

    Southpaw tells a fantastic story about hopelessness but also of redemption, and is surprisingly touching for brutal it is at times, as well.

  • Testament of Youth

    Testament of Youth 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015

    There was no doubting that this was going to be one of my favourite films of 2014. Alicia Vikander is one of my favourite new actresses, I fancy Taron Egerton completely, and Kit Harington is... well, he's John Snow.

    Aside from the great cast list and beautiful performances that they give, Testament of Youth is a heartbreaking true story which is told incredibly well. Beautifully shot, the story is incredibly personal and moving, making everything about this film feel delicately stunning.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2015

    It took me a good 8 months to finally get around to watching this film, and I wish I didn't wait so long.

    It's certainly worth all of the praise it got, especially because of the performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

  • Still Alice

    Still Alice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2015

    Still Alice is a heartbreakingly realistic and character-driven story that will leave most audiences in tears. Julianne Moore is both beautiful and incredibly talented, putting her all into this performance to really emphasise what a horrible Alzheimer's really is.

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2015

    I'm a huge Studio Ghibli fan anyway, but The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is something else. Two of my all time favourite films are Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away because of the fantasy, monsters, and adventure, but Princess Kaguya, whilst it incorporates much of this fantasy still, is, at its heart, a beautiful fairytale.

    The story is incredibly powerful and emotional, still having that focus on a young character finding their own way in the world without adult…

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    I'm all for women in comedy leads, but I think some women take it too far in their subject matters so that they can stand out in a very male-driven genre. But Amy Schumer balances this comedy film well. Some of her TV episodes are a little over the top, but Trainwreck balances great comedy with romance and a relatable storyline, headed up by a great supporting cast.

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    I didn't think it was as bad as everybody else seemed to think, but it was definitely an unworthy addition the rest of the franchise, even with the beautiful Emilia Clarke joining the franchise. The story linked in well, however, and it added some noteworthy information, but as an installment it was regretably weak.

  • Hercules

    Hercules 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    If it wasn't for Dwayne Johnson in the lead, this would feel very much like the recent Clash of the Titans franchise. Johnson certainly steps it up a notch, but there's nothing original about this greek action adventure.

  • Mommy

    Mommy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2015

    Xavier Dolan is certainly a filmmaker to keep an eye on at the minute. He's creating some beautifully stylish films as of late, they're unique, artistic, and full of stellar performances. Mommy is my favourite of them so far.

  • Big Eyes

    Big Eyes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Sep, 2015

    I didn't think this would work as a Tim Burton film, but we too often forget his earlier work including Ed Wood, so there was no surprise that he told this remarkable true story excellently. And with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, how could this not be enjoyable? Beautifully shot, the story is incredibly interesting, it's comical in all the right places, and the performances are perfect.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    Anyone else getting a little bored of Melissa McCarthy? I wasn't too excited to see her latest, but I do have to admit that it's probably the best of her roles since Bridesmaids so far.

    Spy is surprisingly funny and has a number of great cameos (Rose Byrne and Jason Statham are excellent!), but the goodness is all equalled out by some very unfunny moments.