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  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson are one hell of a combination and sadly one which won't be able to combine again. However, we've got this film as a lasting legacy to PSH's talents in particular and it's a belter.

    Starting pretty slowly, it's clear that this film is all about character and performance and the ever reliable Phoenix (nearly typecast nowadays) is an engrossing character, a WW2 Naval Marine with his fair share of post traumatic…

  • Saving Mr. Banks 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    From what I recall during the release of this movie, I thought the trailers made the movie look entertaining and interesting, whilst the reviews were mixed and largely critical of the Farrell starring Australia scenes. It seemed like the marketing campaign was trying to hide the fact that this was a dual movie (like Julie & Julia but refusing to acknowledge in the marketing that Amy Adams was in the movie), and this really put me off.

    However, the joys of…

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  • 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…

  • This Is the End 2013

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Combining the "exaggerated self" comedy stylings of Ricky Gervais' Extras or Larry David's Curb with the Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright group ensemble in an apocalyptic setting, this should be absolute gold-dust with the comedy talent involved. But unfortunately it's not.

    Yes there's an absolute load of laugh out loud moments, funny cameos and more self ripping than you'd expect, (hence the high score) but the overall quality just isn't here. Quite often, rather than laughing, you're sat there thinking WTF? And…