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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2015

    Star rating is nominal. Review to follow.

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Mar, 2015

    Director Oliver Assayas: “Ultimately, this is not a comment on theatre or art; it's just a way of showing how the day-to-day work of an actress is beautiful in a sense that it's about understanding other humans. Often it involves pains. It involves a lot of joy, but it's a lot of pain. That's what movies are about."

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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…