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  • 42 2013

    ★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    All American tales like this rarely appeal to UK audiences as much as their domestic crowds, but widespread acclaim across the US set expectations for a genuine, universally appealing big-hitter. While there's a handful of memorable scenes, a credible period setting and moments of powerful acting, the picture as a whole falls some way short of a home run. Director Brian Helgeland chooses sickly sweet sentimentality instead of the brutal.honesty and hard-hitting drama of a 12 Years A Slave to…

  • Noah 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    Four years after Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky returns with a film billed as a biblical epic, but is really anything but. Don’t expect a religious sermon as the visionary filmmaker transforms the widely known Old Testament story into another provocative, esoteric addition to a divisive, but no less fascinating filmography.

    Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel take a filmmaker’s creative license to an entirely new level for their recreation of Noah; a film that not only seeks to challenge audiences as…

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  • Chinatown 1974

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2012 3

    Forget a review, It's Chinatown.

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2012 4

    From gossip-rag pin-up to powerhouse director Ben Affleck has one of the most chequered careers in Hollywood. Channelling experience following his previous two features, tightly wound action thrillers Gone Baby Gone and The Town, his time behind the camera is proving most fruitful. His recounting of the true life story of Argo is no exception and further authorises his position as a meaningful director.

    Set in late ‘70s Iran, amidst a violent revolution, a group of CIA operatives strive to…