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  • Big Eyes 2014

    ★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2014 2

    "It's not even a good story. And you people are supposed to be such good storytellers."

    It's hard to imagine how anyone could make such a dull film out of such an extraordinary story.

    Christoph Waltz's comical (sic) performance is so broad, you'd need big eyes (and ears) to take it all in. Amy Adam's phenomenal talent is wasted on the underdeveloped role of Margaret Keane, the mousey creator of the ultra-kitsch paintings. Terence Stamp enjoys himself as the waspish…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2014

    Business as usual. Captivating, laugh-out-loud funny first hour gives way to an hour and a half of Paul Thomas Anderson meandering about aimlessly, trying to find the rest of the film.

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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…