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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★½

    I had been looking forward to Damien Chazelle's follow up to the excellent Whiplash ever since the early screenings began to build momentum for the eventual record-breaking Golden Globe winning romantic musical.

    Maybe then I can partly blame myself for swelling the hype to proportions it couldn't have lived up to and thus impacted the amount of enjoyment I gained from it.

    I appreciate that it isn't necessarily the film's fault that it had such great expectations placed upon it…

  • Sometimes They Come Back

    Sometimes They Come Back

    ★★★

    Whilst a Stephen King story about a father being unable to escape his traumatic childhood experiences (which also happened to involve a big scary car, who'd have thunk it?) might not sound particularly original territory for the horror fiction writer, this adaptation of his work is still entertaining late night fodder with a complex idea at its core.

    The concept of constantly having to face a distressing memory (in a very literal way) and how its inescapable grip still haunts…

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  • Crash

    Crash

    Wow what a revelation. Apparently black people can be racist of white people, white people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of hispanic people, white people can be racist of middle-eastern people, middle eastern people can be racist of hispanic people, hispanic people are nice, white people can't be racist of white people.

    BUT.

    Those same black people can be nice to white people, those white people…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★

    I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.

    I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was…