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  • The Longest Ride

    The Longest Ride 2015

    ★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2015

    The stars are not an indication of the film's quality so much as a middle-of-the-road acceptance that the film simply isn't made for me. It's not the first Sparks movie I've done that for.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989

    ★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    The special effects and art design are more interesting than usual. I'm thinking of the comic book sequence as well as the Escher stairs scene.

    It does adopt my least favourite two tropes of horror movies, though. We spend two thirds of the movie watching the lead character trying to convince people who refuse to believe her. Realistic perhaps, but a waste of the audience's time. It annoys me every time I see it.

    The other trope I hate, and…

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  • Gone Girl

    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

    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…