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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    It'd be easy to be cynical about Big Hero 6 - how Disney are looking to target Asian markets, how it ticks boxes to appeal to particular demographics, how it deliberately plays to a 'big brother' family dynamic - but that doesn't stop the movie from being cool. And, ultimately, much can be forgiven when something looks this good. The city of San Fransokyo is a visually spectacular 3D fusion of east-meets-west; its inhabitants, particularly the instantly likeable Hiro and…

  • Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    B+ for A.I... Garland's Turing Test thriller is sleek and seductive, if not quite as thought-provoking as it thinks it is. Still, this is superior sci-fi.

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  • Cloud Atlas 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2013

    My Top 20 most memorable (for a variety of reasons) Cloud Atlas characters:

    20. Dr Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) - whiskery 19th-century quack with dubious intent and even more questionable dental hygiene (which may explain why he values other people's teeth so highly).

    19. Ovid (Halle Berry) - balding, pointy-bearded, cyber-eyed back-street surgeon / locksmith. Appropriately named as Berry's transformation is one of the greatest metamorphosis moments in the whole movie.

    18. Older Ursula (Susan Sarandon) - 66 years old…

  • Much Ado About Nothing 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2013

    A rom-com! In black and white! Filmed at his own house in bloody Santa Monica! With all his mates in it! And the screenwriter's almost 450 years old! Well, of all the self-indulgent, pretentious pet projects we've seen from fashionable Hollywood directors down the years, this has to be right up there...

    Twenty minutes into Much Ado About Nothing, and the above concerns were still lingering. What an incredible house though, I thought - actually the perfect filming location, even…