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  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash 2015

    ★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2015 2

    "Oh my God, she's parenting, someone get a camera."

    Although the first 50 minutes of this are enjoyable and promising, the film fully disintegrates into something almost painful after that. I really looked forward to seeing this, especially for Mamie Gummer (who more than delivers, but is woefully underused in the second half), but it's incredibly uneven which makes me sad because I love Jonathan Demme.

    The film's central problem is the fact that Meryl Streep is not at all…

  • Jackie & Ryan

    Jackie & Ryan 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2015

    A romance with bluegrass music? Don't mind if I do, even if it includes Katherine Heigl.

    Ben Barnes (scruffy and gorgeous), who plays a drifter who only needs his guitar and backpack as he catches rides on freight trains across America, comes across Katherine Heigl when he stops in Ogden, Utah. Heigl's character used to have a music career, but is now more focused on maintaining custody of her slightly-too-precocious daughter in the midst of a bitter divorce from her…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014 37

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2015 12

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…