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  • The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2015

    A fine way to start out my film season, The Imitation Game goes beyond a simple historical retelling, becoming an inspirational biopic of the genius Alan Turing, often noted as the man who led the team that ended World War II early, and saved approximately 14 million lives. The film plays out multiple threads of Turing’s life, all of them relevant and equally absorbing. Cumberbatch is typically brilliant as the closeted homosexual mathematician, and Knightley shines as Joan Clarke, a determined young woman with a knack for numbers herself. Tense, moving and ultimately triumphant, The Imitation Game is well worth a look in.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Where to begin with this highly original comedy? Michael Keaton gives a brilliant and varied performance as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up movie star directing, writing and starring in a play, with the hopes of shedding the one-role image that haunts him – Birdman. Yes, he played a superhero in a movie franchise and its left him bitter. Edward Norton shines as a method actor with a penchant for truth. Emma Stone is also exceptional in her most emotion-charged role yet.…

  • Wild 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    What could seriously have been an extremely boring film turns out to be a confronting and ultimately redemptive portrait of an average woman trying to make amends for the mistakes she has made. After a downward spiral prompted by the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, a walk that is notoriously difficult for first-time hikers. Reece Witherspoon gives an emotional performance as Strayed, while Laura Dern shines as Strayed’s eccentric mother. Dallas Buyer’s…

  • Geography Club 2013

    ½ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    This has got to be the worst film of all time. A horrid adaptation of rather horrid source material.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★½ Added

    What is essentially an extended action sequence, Peter Jackson's final Middle Earth effort is anything but good. Almost obnoxious in scale, this film (and trilogy) stands alone in the shadows of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have never been surer that The Hobbit should never have been made into more than one film. Disappointing.

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★ Added

    Not as enjoyable as I'd hoped. The performances were good; I just didn't really care about the cause, if you will. Didn't really inspire any viewing of Alien either.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Added

    What an extraordinary film. The concept alone is mind-boggling, yet brilliant. This film could not have succeeded without the weighty performance by Joaquin Phoenix, and Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha is something magical. I don’t think I felt anything was far-fetched or unbelievable, and that is not only testament to Spike Jones’ direction, but his writing as well. Utterly original.

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009

    ★★★½ Added

    This wasn't bad, not as good as the first instalment (again). Lisbeth's makeover is kick-arse, though.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire 2009

    ★★★½ Added

    Not as good as the first instalment, but a fine effort visually.

  • Love & Other Drugs 2010

    ★★★ Added

    Postives: good acting, interesting story. Negatives: didn't really care about anyone :/

  • August: Osage County 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Saw this for Benedict Cumberbatch (of course). Not bad, if a little long. Streep is fantastic, as usual.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    ★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2014

    So I reneged and watched this. What a waste of two and a half hours. Such a stale performance from Craig... The pacing was eratic and many scenes stretched out painfully. On a positive note, Mara is a shining star in this, and the score was fabulous. Dissapointing for a Fincher.