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  • Calvary 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2014

    A great neo-western, this is a very dark meditation on guilt, sin, the nature of evil, redemption and forgiveness. The entire cast are superb (special mention for Kelly Reilly) but a monumental Brendan Gleeson gives a performance for the ages. The script is consistently brilliant even if the pace slightly meanders. Writer/director McDonagh loves big long close ups.

  • Morning Glory 2010

    ★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    The TV network around which the film is set is called IBS, need I say more?

  • End of Watch 2012

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Loved all the stuff with the cops just shooting the shit, found footage style is inconsistent, really didn't like the thriller nonsense that takes over.

  • Revenge for Jolly 2013

    ★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2014 9

    Boring, misogynistic, sub Tarantino fare. Full review here

  • After Earth 2013

    ★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2014

    Proof you don't need to base a film on a video game to make a bad video game film

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014

    People are going to be ripping off The Raid 2 for at least the next ten years. It contains stuff I have never seen before

    Full review here

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2014

    It's flawed (there are a couple of quite weak performances) but Aronofsky's biblical epic has moments so audacious they left me looking like I'd overdosed on Quualudes.



    Full review here

  • Gibraltar 2013

    ★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    Dear film directors, beige is not a look anyone actually likes

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2014

    An incredibly disturbing and heroically uncommercial horror film. Visually and aurally it's a stunning piece of work, with a very bold and uncanny performance from Johannsen. Contains one of the most genuinely upsetting scenes in my last few years of film going. This isn't a movie you enjoy, it's a movie you experience.

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2014

    Terrific revenge film, suspenseful, bloody and darkly humorous. Comparisons to Blood Simple and Headhunters are not unwarranted.

    Full review

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2014

    As delightful as anticipated, but it seemed to me that there was an emotional resonance here I've not always found in Wes Anderson's work. Not enough is being said about Ralph Fiennes superb comic performance, channels Leonard Rossiter a bit.

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2014

    Amazing special effects, terrible movie