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  • Rush 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2013

    Very impressed with RUSH. It vibrates with tension. Ron Howard hasn't made a film with this level of genuine passion in a long time. It's like a grittier, more 70s-pants-wearing Days of Thunder, with the oomph of better performances and a real story.

  • A Teacher 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2013

    Moody, provocative, well-acted and at times unnerving. The sort of spirited debut that puts a filmmaker on my must-follow list.

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2013

    A fitting end. To everything.

  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    It's not the kind of film you sit and observe, but the kind that you feel in your chest.

  • Admission 2013

    ★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    An average comedy elevated by Fey and Rudd.

  • Planes 2013

    ★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2013

    There’s a scene in this movie, Disney’s Planes, in which a group of international superstar propeller-driven racing planes come together for a massive race round the world. One of the planes is from Mexico, wears a luchador mask and calls himself El Chupacabra. We watch as he spies a sultry, well-painted, French-speaking plane. She’s Rochelle, the rally champion from Canada. He falls in love and must serenade her with a mariachi version of The Miracles’ 1976 hit “Love Machine.” Heavy…

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2013

    Michael Bay is back to having good ole' testosterone-infused fun. He assembles an entertaining cast and gives it his trademarked hyper style and over-saturated machismo. It's nice to have this Michael Bay back in the director's chair.

  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★ Watched 03 Aug, 2013

    Refn gets use of every pixel, but never quite finds forward momentum. It's a fascinating meditation, but not entirely engaging.

  • Elysium 2013

    ★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2013

    Elysium isn't the knockout that Blomkamp found with D9, but it's done with great scale and flash. Plenty of problems, though.

  • Europa Report 2013

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2013

    Intense, unnerving, claustrophobic. These are three adjectives that describe some of the best trips into space that man has taken in the realm of science fiction. Films that come to mind: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, perhaps even the less fictiony Apollo 13. Every time men and women venture into the depths of space, things get a little intimate and uncomfortable. And that’s before things start to go wrong. So to say that a movie like Europa Report…

  • The Smurfs 2 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2013

    If I remember correctly, it was the Greek philosopher Socrates who said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It may also have been Jesus, whose words were more like, “To whom much has been given, much will be expected.” Thematically, these are two quotes that may have inspired the narrative behind The Smurfs 2, the not-entirely highly anticipated sequel to the $500M behemoth released in 2011.

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  • The Wolverine 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2013

    With the exception of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, no single superhero has seen more screen time than Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Since he was spotted on the set of Bryan Singer’s genre-propelling 2000 release X-Men wearing yellow spandex (a costume that would later be changed due to internet outrage), Wolverine has been Jackman’s role to own. From that first X-Men movie to the third, in which he was forced to end the life of his love Jean Grey,…