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  • Too Beautiful for You

    Too Beautiful for You 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2015

    Bertrand Blier is such a bracing, provocative intelligent and underrated director. He's way overdue for a reappraisal.

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

    Undeniably enjoyable, but - like the frustratingly unrealised original - it could have been soooooooooooooo much better.

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  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2012 1

    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2013 7

    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…