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  • Grudge Match 2013

    ★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2014

    A sports movie that is so incredibly cliched and lacking life, 'you are' willing be knocked out long before the final bell.

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2014

    In the middle of 12 Years a Slave there is an extended period where Solomon Northup’s helpless feet writhe around in the wet mud. It is a scene that is so powerfully moving, in which director, Steve McQueen’s artistry it allows us to take in the barbaric and absolutely disgusting pain Solomon and so many more had to endure in this needless era.

    It is not the first film to deal with slavery. The most notable being Tarantino’s Django Unchained…

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  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2012

    Whilst it faced near-on impossible odds, and didn't live up to the heavenly heights of 'The Dark Knight' (for me this is Nolan's Pièce de résistance), Christopher Nolan, does weave his visionary masterclass of filmmaking and storytelling to bring his near perfect Batman trilogy to an epically satisfying and engrossing conclusion - with this unpredictable, twisting and brooding biblical brute of a touching drama-spectacle. It's also solidly acted throughout from its ensemble.

  • The Way, Way Back 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2013

    Exceptionally fine performances and a snappy emotionally rich script, in which a single line of dialogue is not wasted. It's one of the best and funniest films of the year.