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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★

    A light-hearted, feel-good romp... with no point. Warner Bros. just wants money now. Will not bother with the sequels.

  • The Choice

    The Choice

    ★★

    Two stars for two stars - Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer make something out of a big nothing and manage to hold my attention for every predictable minute.

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    Predictable drivel from fandom favourite/plagiarist Cassandra Clare. Some great visual choices made, my favourite being Jamie Campbell Bower, but otherwise uninspired and ultimately disappointing.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★½

    Energetic and original, to say the least. A poor first act, however, so star deductions made. Otherwise, a visual feast.

  • Galore

    Galore

    ★★★

    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

    ★★

    This review may contain 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

    ½

    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

    A star for one star - Zac Efron.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★★½

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

  • I Am Number Four

    I Am Number Four

    ★★½

    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

    ★★

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

  • What If

    What If

    ★★★½

    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.