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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 May, 2015

    For my money, Alex Garland's directorial debut is one of the most fascinating sci-fi films in a while. Garland, previously known for writing films like 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go, has crafted a knockout piece of science fiction that tackles the oft-discussed topic of artificial intelligence in a different, provocative way.

    The story set-up of Ex Machina is deceptively and fiendishly clever in its simplicity: Domhnall Gleeson's programmer Caleb is brought out to the home of his…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2015

    Pixar Studios has found itself in what some have called a slump over the last few years, and one of its own devising. It would certainly be hyperbole to accuse the acclaimed animation studio of pumping out bad movies; rather, Pixar spent so much time making truly great films that when some of their more recent films were "only" good, it became a matter of condemnation by comparison. Whatever the case, it would be difficult to argue against the idea…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods

    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…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…