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  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    A few issues with plot reveals and convenient characterisation aside, Short Term 12 is really powerful and affecting, managing to deal with some tough issues regarding children and the way in which childhood experience shapes yet doesn't necessarily define you.

    Brie Larson deserved all the praise she got and more - superb work here, adding more depth to what could have been closer to a two-dimensional sister/'moral good' figure on the page.

  • Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    One of the funniest Jarmusch films to date, Only Lovers Left Alive is both complex and overly simplistic, with Jarmusch wearing literary and other influences on his sleeve, to varying degrees of success (some are eyeroll inducing, others are pleasant surprises).

    He's following in the steps of The Limits of Control in infusing music into the fabric of the film, which was definitely one of the better elements of the picture. He also uses the very Jarmuschian quality of the…

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  • Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★½ Watched 09 May, 2013 11

    This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.

    I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★½ Watched 15 Dec, 2013 6

    I am completely baffled as to why this mediocre con movie and mediocre period piece has gained so much buzz. Are people blinded by the amount of famous faces, almost all of whom deliver uninteresting and dull performances (Cooper and Adams excepted here)? Has David O. Russell's name on the credits made people assume that it's well shot and directed? Has anyone actually seen this thing?

    American Hustle is slightly less than a poor man's Goodfellas meets Matchstick Men meets…