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  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Embargoed so the stars are nominal

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Aug, 2014

    Half star knocked off for the director's cut version which adds little of note

  • Filth

    Filth 2013

    ★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    Bampot Lieutenant! McEvoy is great in this, but at every turn he's let down by a thin story and a truly horrible mise-en-scene that produces a movie that looks cheap and tawdry in all the wrong ways

  • Sharknado

    Sharknado 2013

    ½ Watched 08 Aug, 2014

    Like eating week old sushi out of a dumpster. If that sounds good to you, knock yourself out.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2014

    Entertaining fluff let down by a plot that isn't much better than Green Lantern's and rubbish bad guys. Looks pretty, central performers are charming, SFX and 3D great. Overall it's fine but it utterly lacks the mythic storytelling that makes the best of this sort of thing endure.

  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2014 1

    Pure cinema

  • We Are the Best!

    We Are the Best! 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    Full review

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor 2013

    Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Utter drivel, they made Diaz re record all her dialogue because her Mexican accent was mexi-can't, but don't change the dialogue referring to her as Mexican!

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    It's inevitable given the ludicrous distribution situation (still no release in the UK) that this film suffers from inflated expectations, however it mostly delivers. Don't expect an action film however, it's a complex Orwellian political parable, and often an uncomfortable one. Production design is outstanding, up there with Gilliam and Jeannet and Caro, performances are good to great (Swinton is unhinged), and the plot twists in ingenious ways. On the downside, I don't think it's as emotionally affecting as it should be, and Chris Evan's hero isn't as interesting as the characters around him (not the actor's fault).

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2014

    This movie is great

  • Need for Speed

    Need for Speed 2014

    ★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    A lot clunks, nothing clicks

  • Non-Stop

    Non-Stop 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Non-stop? It never gets bloody started.