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  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2015

    "We like to think that we have it in us not to quit. We like to believe that as pressure mounts and odds against climb, that we will try harder to complete the task at hand. Often, that just isn’t the case. It’s not a flaw in us; no fault that needs to be addressed. It’s just human nature to crack when the shit starts stacking up.

    But what if it wasn’t? What if overwhelming odds were met with a…

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    "What we have here is a story that wants to remind us just how chaotic our world is, and will always be. We can pass laws, build fences, pick-up weapons, and tell ourselves that we are protecting the greater good. However, a great many times the ones doing the protecting are people many of us could use some protection from. Likewise, the mayhem that the virtuous among us want to get under control is actually keeping a greater chaos in-check.…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2015

    "MISTRESS AMERICA raises the question; is it better to wearing armour that is obvious and contains several chinks, or not have any armour at all and critique everyone else for theirs. It's easy for Tracy - and for us - to judge people like Brooke who seem one rejection away from crumbling. But if we're honest, how often are we in that exact same position? How many times do we look at our two generation old phone with a shattered…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    After a day spent re-watching the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series, it’s almost amazing to see how the franchise has gotten better with age. It began as a blockbuster excuse for a huge star to string together stunts, hanging the whole thing on plots that were ludicrous-nay-incomprehensible. Around the time of its third instalment, it was almost left for dead so discontent had audiences grown of the man at the centre of it all. However, thanks to careful rebranding or dumb luck,…

  • Irrational Man

    Irrational Man 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2015

    Every year around this time, Woody Allen picks up his instrument and plays us a tune. He’s been doing it rather consistently for fifty years – so long, in fact, that he operates outside of the normal Hollywood machine. Woody composes the songs he wants to compose, and has a regular open mic when he’s allowed to play us his new stuff. What that means is that we, as audiences, are given a great wealth of material to consume. Sometimes it’s a complexed arrangement, sometimes he’s just noodling…and we never know which one we’re going to get....

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  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    What happens if we go back to an individual offering again? Something away from the fray and relatively self-contained? Can we co back to the farm now that we’ve seen Sokovia? Can the cheese still stand alone?

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  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    "This moment - where a T-800 and one soldier from the resistance were sent back in time was the last thing Connor knew for sure. After that, the story was unknown.

    Turns out, for the Terminator franchise, knowing the future was pretty darned important..."

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  • Dope

    Dope 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    "Front and centre in DOPE is the theme of identity. In the world that Malcolm and his friends inhabit, it doesn’t take much to tell the sheep from the wolves. Thing is, even sheep find themselves wanting a taste of blood sometimes…and even wolves have wooly underbellies. So where it might be easy for an upright parent to tell their children to steer clear of drug culture, a teenager can find themselves drifting into a drug dealer’s orbit through no…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jun, 2015

    "The temptation is there now to shelter our children…to dial down the intensity and protect them from that which may frighten them. But how might we have turned out if our parents didn’t let us watch Mufasa die, or didn’t have us witness The Red Queen calling for people’s heads?

    The people at Pixar seem to know how we might have turned out, and they want the next generation to learn a new lesson. They want to take what Uncle…

  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2015

    "Before the sun sets on SLOW WEST, audiences are treated to some exquisite scenery, some deeply tense scenes, and one of the best shootouts in recent memory. This is a splendid movie with great ambition; a film that wants to be notorious. It’s advantage is that it isn’t notorious…not yet anyway.

    But next time they pass through town, the reward for all involved will likely be much higher..."

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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2015

    The moment we finally set foot in Tomorrowland (the place) we realize that TOMORROWLAND (the film) is almost over. We’ve been tasked with changing the world, and almost the instant we made our first mark on the page we’re being told “pencils down”...

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015

    "...Before FURY ROAD, we spent three movies driving aimlessly around the desert, trying to find our way. Maybe we’d have got where we wanted to go sooner, if we’d just slid over and had the women take the wheel..."

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