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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★½

    Tom 'n' Ron's Bogus Journey.

  • Live by Night

    Live by Night

    ★★

    Live By Night isn't a lively movie.

    Ben Affleck sleepwalks through the film, dressed to the nines but mumbling his lines. The script (also by Affleck) is similarly dozy, with his narration clearly an attempt to paper over the cracks in the plot. It's a sign of a bad film when the lead character is the most uninteresting of the cast. And Affleck the director is also at fault, with some horribly weak staging of scenes.

    This is not a…

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  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    ★★★★

    Tense, harrowing story of a jewellery shop heist that goes badly, bloodily wrong.

    Terrific ensemble cast and expert direction by Lumet. The script does come undone a little before the end but works well nonetheless.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Shaffer Conservatory Of Music is not only the best music school in New York...but it's the best in America.

    Student Miles Teller - newly arrived - not only wants to succeed but wants to become one of the all-time great jazz drummers. He gets his opportunity when he's personally auditioned by teacher J K Simmons and invited to join the school's flagship jazz orchestra. Getting in was hard - staying in the orchestra proves to be almost impossible. Simmons is…