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  • Mortdecai 2015

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    The fiftieth (yes, you read that right) film I've seen this year comes in the form of a Terry Thomas-esque romp starring Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai, debonair art dealer and incorrigible rogue, who is forced by necessity (see MI5) to recover and deliver a painting that has fallen into the wrong hands. Unless you actually live under a rock, you will already be more than aware of Depp's ability and penchant for the portrayal of more glamorous, ebullient characters…

  • The Book of Life 2014

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    Other worldliness has long been a thing for Guillermo Del Toro and you can see his influence here on the style and direction of Gutierrez. Garish palettes and inventive world creations are the order of the day, and without the vivid, eclectic imaginations at work here, this could easily have driven audiences away, not being the most accessible of tales, particularly for the very young and the casual movie-goer that may not take to the animated story of a young…

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  • American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2012

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Arbitrage 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2012 3

    Why does a man that wants to sell his company for reasons that would suggest that he needs to spend more time with his family have to be handed the gifts for his grandchildren after a trip away by his butler when he returns home, having clearly not bought them himself?

    Perhaps he isn't the man he is purporting to be? Well this much becomes obvious in the first fifteen minutes.
    The man claiming to be dedicated to his family…