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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

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

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/gone-girl

  • 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.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/guardians-galaxy

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Death to the superheroes; long live Keaton!

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

  • 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

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

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

    Full review here: www.scannain.com/movie/whiplash

  • 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…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2012

    Joss Whedon brings his ear for hilarious dialogue and his eye for character and action to The Avengers, a film that will have (inner) children grinning from ear to ear.

    My full review: cynicalfilm.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/review-avengers-assemble-2012/

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Added

    Ryan Gosling channels Steve McQueen in an eerily still performance, as Nicolas Winding Refn puts the peddle to the metal in a character-driven piece of pulp, with shocking bursts of violence and an atmosphere borne of lesser '80s action flicks.

  • 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.

    Full review here: cynicalfilm.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/373/

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Added

    Though flawed, The Dark Knight Rises is an epic and intense conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, with fine performances and true emotional resonance.

    My full review: cynicalfilm.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/review-the-dark-knight-rises-2012/

  • 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.

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

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2012

    Often sweet, never sour, Moonrise Kingdom will trigger smiles and laughter with Anderson's trademark idiosyncratic dialogue, distinctive colour scheme and fine performances, particularly from its two young leads.

    A more detailed review is here: cynicalfilm.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/review-moonrise-kingdom-2012/