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  • Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne 2016

    ★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2016

    A very by the numbers retread of the previous Matt Damon films. Everything feels like it's been done before, only you cared more. Alicia Vikander adds some much-needed intrigue but her attempt at an American accent is distractingly bad.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★ Watched 08 Oct, 2016

    Leagues better than the second outing with the rebooted cast but that's not saying a hell of a lot. One problem that hasn't been fixed is the dependence on the pre-reboot material to give depth to the relationships between the characters. Kirk's repeated insistence that he depends on Spock feels hollow when these guys have spent all of two movies with each other. Yes, they've been exploring together for years by this point but we're told that, not shown it. This is the worst sin of Into Darkness: it wasted an opportunity to properly develop the characters.

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I finished the film feeling... complicated. I was gripped throughout and loved all of the performances. But I was nagged constantly by the question of what responsibility, if any, a movie has to the societal context in which it is made? In a society where women who are the victims of domestic violence face an incredible struggle does a movie, or any creative work, have a duty to keep this in mind when telling a story where the 'victim' turns out to be a psychopath?