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  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    The Martian joins the ranks of Jaws, No Country for Old Men, Lord of the Rings, and The Godfather in the film being considerably better than the book. Andy Weir’s debut novel was a tribute to perfunctory processes and solutions, disguising the lack of humanity by having its narrator quip like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer character insert.

    It helps how the film utilises familiar themes for the viewer to latch onto - poor Matt Damon, always getting stuck millions…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth 2015

    ★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    Justin Kurzel reimagines Macbeth for the Game of Thrones generation. It’s a slow-motioned, blood-splattered war set in a near-mythical land. The more theatric elements are omitted in favour of further maniacal introspection - the witches toiling and troubling around a cauldron replaced by spectres gnawing away at the future king’s guilt over his past discretions. Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) and Lady Macbeth’s (Marion Cotillard) ambitions of ascension are born out of desperation. Maybe if they can rule all that surrounds them,…

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  • Legend

    Legend 2015

    ★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2015 2

    Brian Helgeland's biopic does nothing to dispel the romanticism of gangsters. If anything, there's a weird transatlantic vibe in Legend that gives the grimy East End of London a touristy feel. Less crime-infested hellhole, more Swinging Sixties.

    Tom Hardy performs the dual role of Ronnie and Reggie Kray well, adding to his ever-increasing repertoire of shambolic accents. His rendition of Reggie plays the straight-man, a doomed romantic whose moral compass is warped both out of circumstance and want. Reggie follows…

  • Hotel Transylvania 2

    Hotel Transylvania 2 2015

    ★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    Hotel Transylvania won The Great Halloween-Themed Animated Film War of 2012™, even if its commercial victory was undeserved. The classic monster movie references hid a litany of post-Dreamworks clichés, from the heavy use of gag humour to the unrelated closing musical sequence. Compared to Frankenweenie and Paranorman, it was as inspired as a cardboard box symposium.

    The sequel continues the adventures of Dracula, his age-vague daughter Mavis, and her slacker boyfriend Jonathan. Mavis and Jonathan marry and spawn a child,…