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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    La La Land will have its detractors and will most certainly have a lot of lovers too. Which one was I? probably more of an admirer. What Chazelle has done is create a retro genre piece in the guise of those musicals of the 1960's heyday. It speaks from the heart rather than to your heart, avoiding mostly a feeling that it lathers on sentimentality just to please the masses. Yes, it is only essentially a classic love story between…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve (or Dennis as I have spelt it and pronounced it in the past) is sure creating something of a remarkable back catalogue. His last film Sicario was a masterpiece of tense thrills, strategic and naïve warfare and yet more evidence that Denis is a great director of actors and actresses (superb trio of performances from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin.) So it is interesting to his followers that he has put his craft to the sci-fi genre. The…

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  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2

    ★★½

    Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
    The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★½

    I shouldn't speak too much about Midnight Special..the less you know the better. However if you can give it time and are patient it is a movie worth visiting. Some will be put off by its at times sedate narrative but the characters all ring true. Maybe I am biased towards Jeff Nicholls. His three films to date have been brilliant pieces of story telling. (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and my fave of 2013 Mud.)
    Though there was a moment…