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  • Still Alice

    Still Alice 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Alice Howland has a brilliant career. She's witty, happily married and the proud mother to three teenaged children. Then she begins to forget the odd word. She occasionally loses her sense of direction. Alice is concerned but she's barely fifty - how bad can it be? A visit to a consultant delivers the shocking news - she has Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. Her life, and the lives of her friends and family, are turned upside down. But Alice refuses to be…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    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…

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  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2012 2

    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.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life 1946

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 23 Dec, 2014

    A seasonal classic. Only those with a heart of stone can't enjoy this film.

    One point worth making, though - when it comes to accidentally sabotaging the hero's best efforts and unintentionally helping the enemy with his clumsiness, Uncle Billy is right up there with Jar Jar Binks...