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  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2015

    "Movies like BROOKLYN remind us how much that is still the way. It reminds us that people just as hard-working and homesick as Ellis are serving us coffee, cleaning our hotels, and driving our taxis. They are uprooting everything they know and going halfway around the world in the search for opportunities they don’t have. Sometimes they bring their entire family and pile six into an apartment built for two…sometimes they come with nothing. Each one of them comes with their own stories – their own Tonys or their own Roses.

    We’re usually just far too preoccupied to listen to them..."

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2015

    "This is the beauty and the power of ROOM: not to dwell in the horror of life in the cell, but to truly think about the power of the world that stretches wide outside its walls. Eventually we all wake up one day and discover that so much of the world has changed, and that we have been left behind. The generation ahead of us understands how the world now works better than we do, and we’re left to look…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2015

    "For once, Bond is being asked to truly think on his sins. He is confronted several times with the enemies he has executed, and the allies he couldn’t save. In the past, these ideas hadn’t even been paid lip-service. 007 always existed in a world where talk of the past was just done in knowing winks, and death was quick and bloodless.

    If we’re asking our superheroes to consider their collateral damage, why not ask our secret agents to face their morality too?"

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  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2015

    "When a film like STEVE JOBS comes along, the temptation is there to look for the closest platform, stand up straight and say “Actually…”. Actually Jobs never said that…Actually this person wasn’t in the room…Actually that didn’t happen that way. None of that is the point. Some of these conversations may have happened the way they are portrayed, some might not. What is the point is that the heart of one man and one company is brought to light truthfully, if not necessarily accurately."

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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…