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  • August: Osage County 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Based on a play, this ensemble film directed by Jack Wells has the following:

    Streep doing Streep
    Ewan McG with a beard and one of those annoying found-nowhere american accents
    A totally bafflingly cast Benedict C
    Juliette Lewis playing Juliette Lewis who got older
    Abigail Breslin as a teenager with brunette hair
    And Julie Roberts. More about her in a bit

    There is lots of shouting and honesty and long-held feelings and resentments. My favourite scene was near the beginning,…

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    What if the fairy tales had got Santa all wrong? What if he was the last person in the world you should want to visit you on Christmas Eve?

    In Lapland, Pietara and his older friend Juuso spy a team excavating something from the top if a nearby mountain - something encased in ice wrapped in tons of sawdust under rocks. Later the next day they are working with their fathers to round up the reindeer but only two stragglers…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

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

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2014

    Leo: "I like that Goodfellas film. I wanna remake it. But set it in Wall Street. No-one will notice"

    Macho bullshit without the humour shown by Henry Hill & co. And Jonah Hill continues to punch way above his acting weight. Too long, too hollow, too much.