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  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Embrace of the Serpent 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2016

    Mesmerising, monochromatic, masterful.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool 2016

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2016

    Deadpool's boring origins/back story arrests its forward momentum, despite efforts to break up the tedious exposition with confusing, hyper-kinetic action scenes. Ryan Reynolds has the facetious tone down pat, but everyone else is wasted, except "British villain" Ed Skrein (Ajax), who is merely a waste of space. Neither Stefan Kapicic's bombastic 'CGI character' Colossus nor Brianna Hildebrand's insipid Sinead O'Connor lookalike Negasonic Teenage Warhead registers on the Richter scale of interest. The would-be self-consciously puerile humour is actually just puerile,…

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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 6

    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…