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  • 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…

  • 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...

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  • 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.

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014

    To paraphrase Douglas Adams: INTERSTELLAR is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think INCEPTION's a big film, but that's just peanuts to INTERSTELLAR...

    Director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has taken the super-size option with his latest epic. As planet Earth withers on the vine, mankind needs to find somewhere else to survive - whether in this galaxy or the next. A team, led by Matthew McConaughey, heads off…