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  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Exceeding all my expectations, writing-directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have managed to simultaneously craft the perfect advertisement for the Lego brand as well as what might just be the most consistently funny, technically inventive and outright fun family movie of the year. Like their previous work, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, this film is crammed full of wit and visual artistry, delivered with their characteristically zany verve.

    Indeed, both the sight and verbal gags come in such…

  • The Quiet Ones 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    The Count's Verdict: 'New Hammer' do THE CONJURING on a budget might be an apt shorthand when describing THE QUIET ONES to a friend. Although despite not being a huge fan of the James Wan hit, THE QUIET ONES is the noticeably inferior supernatural horror of the two. Not least because THE QUIET ONES takes the miserly (no doubt cost cutting) approach of being part 'found-footage'... yawn. In any case, both are the sort of 'take your brain-out', mainstream horror…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…