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  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jul, 2015

    Works best in the way it puts new spins on scenes which are clearly inspired by the original. All the talk of reinvention and resurrection makes it feel like Soderbergh's still directing, and making one of his movies about movies. At the very least, his presence is still felt in the cinematography and editing, with the off-kilter framing and structure. The regular use of wide shots here makes his infrequent close-ups feel even more impactful, and his craft would definitely…

  • The Two Faces of January

    The Two Faces of January 2014

    ★½ Watched 15 Jun, 2015

    Amini's style is glossy to the point of abstraction, with theoretically interesting characters - and usually strong performers - struggling to make any impression. The movie is palpably uninterested in Dunst's character except in the impact she has on the men who desire her. Overall, some interesting ideas that are mostly left drowning by a writer-director that doesn't seem to know how to handle them. (D+)

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2013 2

    The only sequel I've ever seen that not only betters the original, but also makes the original better in retrospect. Linklater brings his usual excellent sense of time and place to Before Sunset, and the second encounter between Celine and Jesse is even more poignant than the first.

    Hawke is just as excellent here as he is in the first: he's fantastic with the dialogue, but my favourite moment of his performance is on the boat, with Hawke watching Delpy…

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 May, 2013 3

    There's been enough commentary on The Shining that nobody needs to hear my thoughts. So I'll just say that Duvall is absolutely brilliant in it, despite her reputation, and leave it at that. (A-)