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  • Big Bad Wolves 2013

    ★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Israeli film which revolves around thre main characters: Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) a cop who is after a paedophile who murders young girls, Gidi (Tzahi Grad) the father of the latest victim and Dror (Rotem Keinan) the man they both believe to be responsible for the crimes. The film has a slightly odd tone - part black comedy, part menacing chiller with some of the torture scenes quite shocking. But the real chill - which comes almost at the end of the film, feels rushed and (perhaps deliberately) unfinished. Worth a watch nonetheless

  • Saving Mr. Banks 2013

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    Emma Thompson is wonderful as PL Travers, the author who feared Disneyfication of her beloved Mary Poppins. Tom Hanks does a passable Walt performance but more of a charicature than I would have liked. The scenes with the Sherman brothers (BJ Novak and Jason Schwartzman) and Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) are really enjoyable and fun but....why on earth was Colin Farrell cast as the young Helen's father? He is just not paternal and twinkly enough for the part. God love him he tries his best but the flashback scenes are just jarring. A shame.

    The tunes are still some of the best ever written, though.

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  • Her 2013

    ★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    I so wanted to like this more. It is an exremely original film and I loved the concept and the whole environment - that just-ahead future setting where everything and everyone are a bit more evolved. I adored the immersive video game with the sweary alien and the retro 'Perfect Mom'. I chortled to myself at the thought that smartphones would get smaller and chunkier and I would love to have a friendly OS that sorted out my life for…

  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

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