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  • Devoured 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Sep, 2014

    The fine men and women of the NYPD are attending the "Restaurant Francais", where a woman lays dead on the floor. Her phone lays beside her and the cops call the last dialled number on it, which happens to belong to the downed woman's mother. They're also looking through the restaurant, to see if they can establish what has happened here. And what's this they've just found..?

    No matter. As soon as the film has established this little scene, it…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 1

    A motorbike is speeding through what turns out to be Scotland. It pulls up sharp behind a white van, parked at the side of an anonymous A-road. The rider dismounts and strides purposely into the adjacent bushes, returning shortly with the body of a dead young woman slung over his shoulder which he proceeds to dump in the back of the parked van.

    Cut to a featureless white void. Think of Neo in one of those training or arming programs…

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  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2013 9

    About a million years ago (1980-85ish), when I was a boy, I bought a comic each and every week called 2000AD. And I loved it. I mean, properly LOVED it. The flagship strip in this publication was (and all these years later, remains) Judge Dredd. The titular lead character (his name, a play on that of novelty UK ska/reggae artist Judge Dread - who himself lifted the moniker from a Prince Buster tune - although there any similarity ends, absolutely)…

  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2013 3

    Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document...…