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  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    What an absolute treat.

    Fans of 80s slashers or those with a slightly black sense of humour will probably get more out of it than your standard thriller fan.
    Luckily that is me.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    A great set up and interesting first two acts lead to a slightly dreary finale despite excellent work from all involved.
    Mystique/Raven, so pivotal to proceedings becomes the X Men equivalent of the masks in Mission Impossible.
    Not as much fun as First Class, not as exciting and thoughtful as X2, but still good entertainment.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2014

    Given the critical pant-wetting given to Pacific Rim last year, I'm surprised this is generating such mixed responses. This is clearly a far superior movie. That's a "movie" with plot, characters, good acting, engaging twists and turns. That's opposed to a filmed computer game, with terrible acting, no plot and a head crushing noise and effects cacophony.

    If that's what you want, then Godzilla is not for you. It takes a sombre slant and for large parts doesn't feel like…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    Truly diabolical.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2014

    Not quite the barnstormer I'd been led to believe it was, it's still great entertainment.
    A sort of Avengers 1.5, with a HUGE body count and Robert Redford's best role for 30 years.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015

    As with all Anderson's films since Tenenbaums I can't escape feeling they are brilliantly made, gorgeous to look at, but ultimately empty, soulless intricately constructed trifles.

    This time around Ralph Fiennes keeps it watchable with a brilliant comedic performance which should have garnered more plaudits and gongs.

  • The Harry Hill Movie

    The Harry Hill Movie 2013

    ★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Not as dreadful as I'd been led to believe. At least not if your a fan of Hill's particular brand of humour.
    A rambling series of very silly sketches stitched together by a plot involving a hamster voiced by Johnny Vegas.
    Some genuinely brilliant moments include Julie Walters rapping, a B & B run by the Magic Numbers and a brilliant piss take of Les Miserables.
    Lots of seriously unfunny stuff happens as well.

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    Well made, well acted but I did find myself chuckling at just was going to happen to poor Robert Redford next. It turned out to be setting fire to his own lifeboat which had me in stitches which was probably NOT the reaction the director intended.

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2014

    Stunning technical achievement, but found it unengaging.
    I may not have been in the best frame of mind to watch and probably need to give it another go.

  • About Time

    About Time 2013

    ★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Unbearably smug, twee, upper-middle class England version of Groundhog Day with added heart wrenching and about a hundreth of the warmth and joy of Ramis' classic.

    Slightly more watchable than Love Actually. But only just.

  • The To Do List

    The To Do List 2013

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2015

    My expectations were set suitably low for what was billed as 'the female American Pie' but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny I found it, probably because it's so rare to see a female-centred horny teenager comedy.

    Audrey Plaza helps enormously in the lead, and the support is pretty strong, though I've probably seen enough of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's schtick to last a lifetime now. Thankfully he's barely in it.

  • The Wolverine

    The Wolverine 2013

    ★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    You know those occassions when everyone is raving about something but you just don't get it? that was me and The Wolverine. It seems that everyone was so impressed that it was better made (and looked much better) than X Men Origins that they somehow missed the fact that it's incredibly dull and pretentious and with a plot holes you could drive an On the Buses film through.
    For a super hero movie, there's very little super hero stuff and…