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  • North Sea Texas 2011

    ★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2015

    Coming of age film set in a 50s north Belgian coastal town. Pim (Jelle Florizoone) doesn't say a lot, instead he draws and looks longingly at Gino (Mathias Vergels) while Gino's sister Sabrina (Nina Marie Kortekaas) admires him from the sidelines. Pim's mother is a flighty accordian player so isn't around much and slightly resents Pim for tying her down. Pim likes to visit Gino's and occasionally go camping or for a ride on his motorbike.

    That's about it. Don't…

  • Maleficent 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Wonderful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale with Jolie as Maleficent, the fairy who curses the baby Aurora (Elle Fanning) after King Stefan (Sharlto Copley with a DREADFUL scottish accent) cut off her wings. As you do.

    Jolie looks superb, all angles and curves and flashing eyes. She throws herself into the role, vanquishing foes on the battlefield and protecting her moors but is still able to subtly show the gradual change when she begins to care for the baby…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.

    I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    There are flaws - the watch macguffin, the paradox - but Nolan's film is a magnificent soaring epic. It is badged as sci-fi but it is the human emotions not the spectacle that drive the narrative, McConaughey being at the centre of this as the father who promises to return. These humans make mistakes and have regrets; they are both cowards and heroes. Nolan explores how extremes affect people and posits that love is a force - like gravity -…