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  • 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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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 May, 2015

    AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON wastes no time sending our heroes once more into the breach. As we open in Sokovia, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are launching a full-on assault against a Hydra fortress. In this moment, they move and fight as one – each using their individual skill-set to fight as a solo, and likewise knowing when to step back and accompany. The sequence culminates with an iconic image with all six heroes pushing forward. They are lined-up in perfect harmony,…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2015

    "Every person might believe that their identity can be summed up in a few words, but in truth, each person’s identity is a long, complicated, scientific equation. It’s contains talent and experiences, of goals strived-for and failures never forgotten. Certain elements are constant throughout our years, but so many variables come and go that make us different people as we go through life’s journey. So with all of that uncertainty, how can we ever think that we “know” someone?


  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    "There's a warm centre that carries a film that might otherwise feel like a relic. We’re long past the age where we should be teaching little girls that handsome princes will come and rescue them, but it’s not unreasonable to suggest that we might still be in the age to teach little children to feel less entitled. While the stepsisters are clearly cartoons that stem from an age-old tale, if you squint just so you could envision them on “My Super Sweet Sixteen” or tweeting about how their parents bought them the wrong lavish gift."

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