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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    A film I liked more in concept than in execution, its sporadic moments of wonder are let down by Lindelof's unfocused and unengaging script.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2015

    Although on the surface it may seem like a far cry from Festen or The Hunt, this period drama still clearly bears Vinterberg's fingerprints, from the complex relationship dynamics to the voyeuristic camera zooms. He strikes a perfect balance between exploring Bathsheba's quite reasonable desire for independence and the occasionally destructive impact her unorthodox behaviour for the time had on the men around her.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    Between this and Birdman, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for jazzy drums in cinema.

  • The Stag

    The Stag 2013

    ★½ Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    What sounds like an entertaining, if uninspired, proposition (An Irish version of The Hangover), turns out to be nothing short of an utter shambles of a film, with some of the most contrived dialogue I've ever heard and a closing monologue which was so patronising and shoe-horned in it had us literally screaming at the TV. The film's tagline, "Mistakes Were Made", turned out to be something of an understatement.