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  • Tokyo Tribe 2014

    ½ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    London Film Festival tile, though God only knows why?

    A neon-soaked hip-hopera that lacks the courage of its own sleazy predilections.

    On the plus side, it's not quite as boring as Sion Sono's previous slice of puerile trash, Why Don't You Play in Hell?

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    David Fincher's solid but involving adaptation of Gillian Flynn's cleverly structured, best-selling novel.

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  • 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 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…