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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    While this is an interesting foray into a cinematic Star Wars story that doesn't centre around the main characters, it's ultimately a failure. Jyn's motivation feels half-baked and the inconsistencies that were either the fault of the infamous reshoots or just a poor original script detract from your ability to ever fully buy in.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★

    Making a film in which almost nothing actually happens captivating is an achievement in itself. Bale and Carell are excellent.

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    ★★★

    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

    ★★★★

    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?