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  • Transcendence 2014

    Watched 22 Apr, 2014

    Glum, self-serious homily on the dangers of high technology with its first-time director offering nothing of interest outside the stunning visual effects. The performers sink without a trace.

  • Breakdown 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    Keith Uhlich's assessment that this is an absorbing breakdown of the Hollywood thriller to its essential elements...is 100% correct!

    Sequence by sequence, it tops itself as a piece of superior suspense entertainment, exploiting urban fears so unpretentiously.

    I finally succumbed to watching this and it really is the last great studio-crafted thriller. Well, of its kind, at least.

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    The Oxford Dictionary defines "Redundancy" as: The state of being not or no longer needed or useful.

    I don't want to anger fans, but despite Webb's film being overall more genuine in tone and sensitivity than his previous one, I still can't shake the fact that is a 200-million dollar piece of revival theatre.

    The plot is a mess: There is no clear line from the beginning of the movie to the end and most of the characters intentions (especially the villains') are incomprehensible.

    It isn't a horrible movie, just a useless one.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.

    and/or

    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.