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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    The Mad Max-iest Mad Max that ever Mad Maxed. It's Mad. TO THE MAX!

    Every penny of the $150 million dollar budget has been slathered on the screen to produce an orgiastic blast of heat, dust and blood. There's CG aplenty, but the practical stunts and car crashes make this thing. The sand feels like it really does get everywhere. (Oscar campaign now: John Seale for Best Cinematography)

    Hardy makes Max his own, even if an elocution lesson or two…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    Miles Teller has talent. J.K. Simmons has anger management issues. I have problems with Whiplash.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Death to the superheroes; long live Keaton!

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

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

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2012

    Leo, Waltz and Jackson give great ham.
    Pity Tarantino has forgotten how to make a lean film.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    "You fucking bitch." Love is truly a many-splendoured thing.

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    All talk, but with little to say. It can't escape the Marvel formula, which takes the sheen off its 'cool' credentials.

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★½ Added

    Just because Tarantino IS a character doesn't mean he HAS character. Once upon a time, though, he sure could write characters.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2014

    Linklater risks all on a fascinating conceit, but it pays off for the most part.

    As the boy growing up before our eyes, newcomer Coltrane is excellent, with outstanding support from Hawke, Arquette and Linklater Jr.. There's also a great deal of truth, humour and joy here. It does manage to convey some of the awkwardness, fear and self-involvement of childhood and adolescence.

    That it's episodic is a given. Unfortunately, there's an occasional cheesy interlude, clunky sliver of dialogue or…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Gyllenhaal's a fine psycho, the whole thing is gorgeously neon-tinged and it's (very) good to have Rene Russo back. Pity the film isn't saying a whole lot that's new.

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  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Jul, 2010

    Inception combines a complex-but-fascinating plot with stunning effects (both practical and CGI), good performances and visionary direction to create a sci-fi gem with visual flair to spare and surprising emotional heft.

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  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2015

    Oh, thank heavens for that.
    Please, Pixar. No more sequels


    Ah, crap.

    Anyway, it's good to see Pixar aiming towards greatness again. Like Up, Inside Out is a little too busy to allow the emotional (oh, the irony) content to breathe freely. At least it has the good sense to get its exposition and world-building out of the way in the first act. Once that's done, there are good ideas and setpieces aplenty.

    A little too neat and perhaps…