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  • Galore

    Galore 2013

    ★★★ Watched 25 May, 2015

    The tone and pace of this film is excellent, though they don't get it right all the time. Still, there are moments of brilliance here. Ashleigh Cummings is a superstar. The other young actors also do a good job with a so-so script. Triumphantly bleak, Galore is an exploration of feelings in a world of madness.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★ Watched 11 May, 2015 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Was expecting more considering the triumph that was The Avengers, but Joss Whedon takes us on a predictable, snail-paced ride... apart from the Scarlet Witch. Wow. Elizabeth Olsen is awesome in this movie. The Witch is exciting, emotional and a delight to encounter. Her twin also ticks the boxes, and the result of his death was so perfectly captured in Olsen's face/reaction, I almost cried. Otherwise, lots of testosterone flying around and not much substance.

  • Jumper

    Jumper 2008

    ½ Watched 13 Apr, 2015

    This has to be one of the most frustrating films I've ever seen. Such a facsinating plot device buried under a typical love story? No thanks.

  • The Lucky One

    The Lucky One 2012

    Watched 01 Apr, 2015

    A star for one star - Zac Efron.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2015

    Some promising signs from youngster Taron Egerton, otherwise a bizarre bloodbath of a film.

  • I Am Number Four

    I Am Number Four 2011

    ★★½ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    Liked this more than I thought I would, but have to down-grade to a 2 1/2 because of the poor plotting.

  • The Spectacular Now

    The Spectacular Now 2013

    ★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    A weak story executed rather poorly. A shame really, because the lead performances were both terrific.

  • What If

    What If 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    Cute, funny and charming, What If is a nice foray for Radcliffe, whose real personality isn't that far off as Wallace's. Kazan is sweet and appropriately humourous. It's not a perfect film in many respects, but it's good enough for a laugh and an escape for a couple of hours.

  • The Craft

    The Craft 1996

    Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    I think what frustrated me the most about this film was that it had so much potential, but it just went down the really obvious path. I'd love to see a remake, actually - if they improve on the flaws of the original, of course.

  • The Imitation Game

    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

    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

    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…