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  • The Visitor

    The Visitor 1979

    ★★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2015

    It's crazy, but not quite crazy enough. On paper, this sounds like a Jodorowsky movie. In reality, it's just a somewhat unhinged version of The Omen. Never quite lives up to the promise of that wonderful first scene.

  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    An acceptable (if not especially inspiring) rendition of The Boxing Movie. There are one or two awful lines of over-explanatory dialogue, and no moment really stands out to me as a highlight, but the film doesn't do anything wrong enough to get mad about.

    I want to see the prequel to this: The movie about a man becoming Light-Heavyweight champion of the world with a 43-0 record without learning to dodge or block punches.

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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…