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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    ★★

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

    I was determined to finish this movie once I'd started. But it took me 3 stints. The first 40mins then I had a break out of sheer boredom, the day after I watched another 40mins and started to struggle to keep my attention, and then the day after the last 40mins. 

    This movie, if you haven't gathered, is SLOW. There's 45 mins before anybody does anything other than mope or look around. And even…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★

    In 1989 I was 6 years old and obsessed with the Ghostbusters. I had the first movie on VHS, (always covering my eyes until the librarian had finished roaring and the fun music started playing) I loved the real ghostbusters animated series, and I had the toys, the fire station with the pink ooze pot, Ecto-1 the car, Ecto-2 the helicopter/plane/tricycle hybrid and Ecto-3, some weird dirt buggy with grabbers on the front. I won't go on, but you get…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    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

    ★★★★★

    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…