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  • Divergent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    Why do 'young adults' crave dystopias? Anyway, that aside this is a fair but not great adaptation of the first book. The soon-to-be-omnipresent Shailene Woodley is the unconforming Tris, who turns her back on her parents' sect to join the train-jumping Dauntless. She gradually falls for Four (Theo James) whilst learning to punch people and shoot things. Meanwhile secret and significant meetings keep taking place where Tris can see them between the hierarchy of Dauntless and Erudite led by Jeanine…

  • 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 -…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

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

  • 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…