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  • Mercy 2014

    ★★ Watched 03 Mar, 2015

    You know something's probably not right when the first scene of a movie has a man put an axe through his own head. Guess things must be pretty grim, eh? As tone-setting goes, this is fairly unequivocal. This came with a certain amount of expectation and if I'm honest, had it not been for the presence of Mark Duplass, I probably would have skipped past this, particularly in a week where the excellent 'It Follows' is also featured. Based on…

  • Focus 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Okay, I'll admit it. Going to see Will Smith do his thing was honestly not my first consideration. It had Margot Robbie in it, there was a bikini involved, so naturally I was there. Not the best thing for an alleged, focused, single-minded and honest movie reviewer to admit to, I understand, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut, so I took my not inconsiderable gut with me to basically just have a bit of a dribble…

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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…