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  • The Way, Way Back 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    This is yet another coming of age movie which is absolutely paint by numbers, every single plot beat is signposted and every story element has been seen in countless movies before this. That said, it works for Marvel movies doesn't it?

    A young man who's unlucky in love travels to a shack for the summer with his jackass family and starts up a secret day job at a local water park. Along the way he learns to be more than…

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    At one point a man gives a rousing speech to an eclectic mix of various food creatures which is translated by a strawberry wearing a crash helmet. That's pretty much all you need to know.

    Recommended?: a visual feast but the story and the gags leave you hungry for more.

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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…

  • 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…