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  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    1981. A time where camel coats show that you have power and the New York home heating business is 'hotting up' as Oscar Isaac's oil tankers keep being robbed by-- Well, that's the question. Who is doing this? All the while, he's trying to close a deal to expand his business exponentially, the DA is poring over his financial records for inconsistencies, his wife is ensuring there are no discrepancies and accusing him of being weak for not arming himself…

  • Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Part one of Sunday's Oscar Isaac double bill, Ex Machina is an engrossing contained drama that slowly builds the tension over the course of its running time until you're not quite sure who to trust. The plot follows Domnhall Gleeson as he wins a competition to stay with his genius boss (Isaac) for a week in the middle of nowhere, whereupon he discovers an incredible example of AI in the form of Alicia Vikander. All Isaac wants to know is…

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  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2014

    Let me preface this review by saying that it is in no way a five star film. It's a five star film in the same way that The Other Guys, reviewed by Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian, is not a five star film. But sometimes you watch a movie and can't stop smiling. It entertains. It has you sitting back and going, "Yeah, why can't all films be like this?" And that's what The Guest did to me. Sure, it…

  • Grace of Monaco 2014

    Watched 04 Jun, 2014

    What a wonderfully vacuous film. Believe the hype.

    Grace of Monaco comes across like a child has been given access to a huge budget and a camera for the first time, experimenting with editing and various shots that probably aren't used all that often. Yeah, there's probably a reason for that. It's like the camera they used had a malfunctioning zoom button. Slowly, slowly in we go until we're looking directly up Kidman's nostrils as she delivers an 'emotional' speech.…