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  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2016

    Quirky? Definitely. Funny? In parts. This is an uneven Coen Bros movie which fails to sustain interest. 

    Unlike previous efforts, Caesar feels as though it's been rushed. Plots are left hanging, scenes feel like small sketches before being forgotten about. In short, it's just a bit messy.

    The cast are great, Clooney chews his dialogue. As does Brolin. Tatum is game for a laugh and puts in the effort. Fiennes turns up for one hilarious scene replicating his Budapest role…

  • Appaloosa

    Appaloosa 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2016

    In stark contrast to the recently watched Tommy Lee Jones starring The Homesman, this is a Western which is both authentic, gritty, entertaining and importantly, upbeat.

    Viggo and Ed provide a nice central pairing, as two marshalls set about restoring order to a small western town overrun by Irons' enjoyable outlaw.

    Zellwegger plays her role well also, as the teasing and flirtatious beauty that's constantly realigning her lover based on their power.

    Recommended?: with some nice action, interesting characters and enough spit and sawdust to make it feel like the oldies used to. A fun western.

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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…