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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★ Watched 23 May, 2015

    It was only until the end credits began that Tomorrowland began to make a lick of sense. More specifically, it was the words 'Screenplay by Damon Lindelof' (and Brad Bird, to be fair to Lindelof) that really made everything click into place. Like, of course it entertains modestly but completely collapses when subjected to any kind of scrutiny; of course it makes a very cogent point in the most clumsy and didactic way possible; of course it's poorly paced and…

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    I never thought I would see a musical that made me pine for Rob fucking Marshall, but here we are.

    Pitch Perfect 2 is a very loose film, more episodic than the first and virtually bereft of anything approaching forward momentum despite its deadline-oriented plot ("THE FINALS ARE COMING SOON!"). That’s by no means an intrinsically bad thing - I mean, What We Do in the Shadows and They Came Together were my favourite comedies of last year - but…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    After growing weary of the relentless praise bestowed upon Whiplash since its Sundance premiere nearly a year ago, I entered the cinema with no small degree of scepticism; expecting, I suppose, a moderately curious but ultimately facile ‘little-indie-wot-could’ á la Birdman, another film that people wouldn't shut up about (and more power to them) before its belated release in Britain. But, fuck, this film had me in the palm of its hand and I’d be a fraud if I suggested…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    Out of all the conflicting films in here, I enjoyed the one about the depressed athlete the most. Especially when compared to reiteration of How America Is Bad and Other Stories it eventually turns into. But whatever, I'll take what I can get. I'm not, like, a monster or something.