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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    Boyhood is simply the story of a boy growing up. Filmed over a period of 12 years we follow Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from a young boy up until he graduates high school and leaves home to go off to college. Around him we have his older sister Sam (Lorelei Linklater) and his separated parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke). It's not a film in which a lot happens during its near 3 hour long running time, yet crucially it's…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014

    Ten years after simian flu has decimated the humans, a group of survivors led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) stumble across the apes' new home. There's an uneasy truce between the humans and leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) which is soon threatened by Caesar's rival, Koba (Toby Kebbell). Ignoring the worthless 3D, the motion capture work in Dawn impresses and the character beats work really well. However, on a larger scale there's nothing very original with the story arc and there's no 'wow' factor to any of the action scenes.

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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.