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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2016 1

    It's peppered with moments and ideas of brilliance, but it suffers from Man of Steel's lack of characterisation, portentous dialogue and mercilessly cynical worldview.

    Eisenberg's performance is ridiculous, but it's one of very few sources of respite from an otherwise downtrodden misery-fest. Nolan's the template, but the Dark Knight trilogy married its darkness to a vaguely realistic aesthetic that made it work. This is cartoonish from the get-go, and blending that style with citywide destruction and 9/11-aping iconography is overbearing.…

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf 1971

    ★★★½ Added

    Heavens. How strange.

    Full of irritating characters who rub each other up the wrong way beautifully, May's editing, characterisations and energy can take a little time to adapt to. However, once it clicks, sone big laughs will be had. The proposal scene alone is a mini-masterpiece.

    Remarkably balanced between sarky and warm. Great cast, too.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar