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  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2014

    Amelia and Oskar are a happily married couple with a baby on the way. On the night she's about to give birth, Oskar bundles Amelia into the car and rushes her to the hospital. En route, a car crash kills Oskar. Amelia and her baby survive.

    Six years on, Amelia (Essie Davis, Charlotte's Web) is still struggling with her grief and it's not helping that her son Samuel (newcomer Noah Wiseman) is utterly exhausting; a range of behavioural issues and…

  • Blackfish 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2014 2

    Blackfish, a stunning film by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is about the alarming number of attacks by captive killer whales on their trainers, including a number of fatalities, three of which were exacted by the same whale, an enormous bull called Tilikum, kept to this day in Sea World's inventory of performing animals - at Sea World Orlando, specifically - because of the substantial dollar value of his semen. To be honest though the thing I found even more shocking than Sea…

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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...…