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  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    In the near future the few remaining survivors on Earth circumnavigate the frozen globe on the Snowpiercer train. There's a distinct class system aboard, something that Curtis (Chris Pine) and his friends intend to change as they plan a revolution to take control of the engine. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, his first (primarily) English language feature has a terrific central concept and is original and exciting, boasted by great casting and performances (Tilda Swinton is hilarious). It's criminal that a film this good still hasn't got a UK release of any kind yet.

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jan, 2015

    Four couples meet for a dinner party at the same time that a comet is passing overhead. As the evening goes a few odd things occur, and then the lights go out and things really start to get strange... Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit, Coherence is one of those films that doesn't need big stars, special effects or a huge budget to impress - it has an original script and convincing set of characters, so the story totally draws you in.

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  • Machine Gun Preacher 2011

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    Based on true events, the film tells the story of biker Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) who found God, set up an orphanage in the Sudan and became a mercenary to protect the children who were being trafficked across the region. True story or not, it’s a difficult film to get into as Sam Childers is such an unlikeable guy, regardless if he’s doing good work or not. His battles with his faith, his family and the LRA in Sudan become…

  • Compliance 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Mar, 2013

    It's another Friday shift at a Chick-Wich fast food joint when duty manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer informing her that a customer has reported a theft by one of her staff, Becky (Dreama Walker). What follows will have you slack-jawed with incredulity, wanting to scream "what the f*ck are you doing!" at the screen. Yet, this is a true story and it's fascinating to sit back and watch at just how people will go when they trust a person in authority. Uncomfortable but essential viewing.