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  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★ Watched 30 Sep, 2015

    Completely ok on just about every level, which makes it one of Sir Ridley's best movies in the last decade and a half, but it never once soars in the way that Sunshine or Gravity do.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    A proper summer movie with thrills, intrigue, twists, turns & laughs but infused with the spirit of Hitchock, Pakula & De Palma and refreshingly adult after Ghost Protocol's (admittedly perfect) cartoonish thrillride. There's the great setpieces we've come to expect from the series, but running through it all is a serious examination of the nature of espionage that is all wrapped up in a perfectly understated finale featuring, quite frankly, stunning imagery. The whole cast are terrific but especially Sean Harris (beautifully dialled back) and Rebecca Ferguson (simply astonishing in every way).

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013 1

    With MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder confirms that he's a stylistic magpie whose guiding principle appears to be 'what's the coolest looking thing to do?' at any given moment. He has a poor grasp of storytelling, no sense of drama & is tone deaf with regards to actors' performances. The Superman-as-first-contact story is a good idea, but poorly executed. Structurally similar to Batman Begins it lacks the narrative momentum that carried that movie along. Goyer's dialogue is exposition heavy, witless & tin-eared. A good cast is wasted and despite a great many whizzes & bangs very little of interest actually happens.

  • The Other Guys

    The Other Guys 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Apr, 2012 4

    Action/Comedy masterpiece. Also a searing indictment of white collar crime.