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  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    96 minute film contains ~75 minutes of Keanu Reeves shooting people in the face, which is almost enough.

    The style and action go some way towards making up for the complete lack of substance in the film.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 26 Oct, 2014

    Extended Edition adds a bunch of interesting scenes and totally changes the tone of others. For the first hour it's barely the same movie at all. It's only going to impress those who are crazy-deep into Tolkien lore, but that's me.

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    One of the year's very best movies.

    David Fincher never gives me exactly what I'm expecting. Here, I wasn't even close. I'm told that while the plot sticks close to the book, the utterly bizarre sense of humour is new for the movie.

    It's a tone that turns an insane plot into something truly special. Fincher knew how crazy this story was, and by the time it gets where it's going, it felt like the plot itself was part of…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.

    For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.

    It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…