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  • [REC]⁴ Apocalypse 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    While the final film of the [REC] franchise lacks the brilliance of the original film or its immediate follow-up, it also avoids the uneven tone of [REC] 3. [REC] 4: Apocalypse finishes off the series by concluding Angela Vidal's tale and pulls it off in largely effective fashion. The script from series creators Jaume Balagueró and Manu Diez takes the action onto an isolated ship and while Balagueró doesn't use the claustrophic setting as well as he could, it still…

  • Citizenfour 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Citizenfour is a brilliant, engrossing look at Edward Snowden's actions. Director Laura Poitras captures her conversations with the most famous whistleblower of the modern era alongside reporter Glenn Greenwald and others, and the results are spectacular. The film presents a gripping look at Snowden as a person and more specifically at how the release of his documents came about. When, at the end of the film, Snowden is blown away by another whistleblower's planned revelations it is shocking because you…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2012 1

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Unconventional, disturbing and thought-provoking, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is not a film that will just be quickly banished from your mind whether you like it or hate it. Glazer has been working on adapting Michel Faber's alien psychosexual novel for some time, with a long time reportedly spent in the editing room to get it right. It is no insult to say that he doesn't quite succeed because he still manages to hit many of the right notes with…