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  • Side Effects 2013

    ★★½ Added

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

    This one seemed to be well received critically, and started promisingly enough, but I was disappointed by the whole second half spin into a fairly standard thriller genre. The girl-on-girl action led by Catherine Zeta Jones was mildly titillating, and her naughty doctor routine appealed to my inner teenage schoolboy, so thumbs up there Soderberg. Apart from that, not much to get excited about.

  • Killing Them Softly 2012

    ★★½ Added

    I expected better things of this one. Cinematography pretty stylish but the plot didn't really take me anywhere unexpected. Gratuitously violent at times, which had me squirming and gritting my teeth watching various unlikeable characters getting painfully dispatched.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011

    ★★ Added

    Shoot me for watching this. What was I thinking? I can never understand who the target audience is for these movies - they would make amazing films for kids, but then have splashes of full on violence which would give my tribe nightmares for months. Still, an extra star for the mermaid - she was pretty cute.

  • Super 8 2011

    ★★★ Added 1

    Think the Goonies crossed with ET, but not your Drew Barrymore kiddie friendly type, more like the Cloverfield or Alien 'seriously fuck you up' variety. Not really crap, but not really awesome either. It gets an extra half star for the outrageous train crash sequence early on. Final word of warning: J.J Abrams is again guilty of excessive lens flaring throughout this movie. If anyone can explain his obsession with this effect, let me know.