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  • We're the Millers

    We're the Millers 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2016

    This has been in my UV collection for a while and I've never gotten around to seeing it. 

    After three days of broken viewing via flixster on my iPhone (I wouldn't be viewing movies for the first time in this format normally), the movie is seen, and it's actually pretty funny. 

    As is the case with most modern comedies, this is essentially a series of comedic set pieces bolted together, but what makes the laughs is the quality of the…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Jul, 2016

    Tension filled thriller that's fuelled by great performances, a tight script and a twisty turny plot that keeps you guessing.

    Recommended?: yes absolutely, but not necessarily for fans of Cloverfield which this has practically zero links with, both in genre and story. I do like the ending but it felt a bit clumsy in places. With better execution and more explicit ties to the original, this could have been a 5star movie.

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  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2013 7

    Ouch. A $50million budget and only $13million in box office returns. Even the Sly Stallone starring Judge Dredd returned $34million at the box office (back in '95), and we all know how bad that was. So what's the deal? How can a consistently highly rated movie do so poorly? Namely because of idiots like me.

    When I first saw the images of Dredd online and in movie magazines it really didn't appeal at all. Urban looked like either his head…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2014 2

    One hell of a movie.

    Don't watch this expecting tonnes of action and shoot outs at high noon, it's not that sort of western. This is a character study filled with fine actors putting in career finest performances, gorgeous cinematography and an engaging and involving story.

    Deakins is on cinematography duty here and the film looks absolutely phenomenal as a result. The interior shots are beautifully lit, the costume design, the blood, sweat and grit are all perfectly captured, but…