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  • The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2014

    It's not exactly going to reinvent the wheel, but The Hundred-Foot Journey is an absolute pleasure of a film, an old-fashioned Good Story Well Told. It's beautifully shot, performed convincingly, and surprisingly deep, liable to make you a) ponder what different food means to you, and b) rather hungry.

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2014

    A largely-excellent thriller that takes a number of cues - harsh neon lighting, intense and loud synth music, a brooding blank canvas male protagonist - from Drive, but transplants the tropes into a completely new context. Dan Stevens is great as The Guest, an apparently-ex-Army man who insinuates himself into the lives of a bereaved family. The direction the plot takes is magnificently compelling, brooding and dark; a third-act action sequence, replete with a high school, Halloween decs, and the aforementioned neon-and-synths, is the fantastic zenith. The backstory behind The Guest is perhaps the weakest element: come, instead, for the glorious machinations of the plot proper.

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  • Diana 2013

    Watched 21 Sep, 2013 4

    I demand someone, somewhere be held responsible for this atrocity. Wooden, sloppy and hilariously silly, this is amateur-hour filmmaking and a disappointment on every level. Avoid. For your own sake. (Mitigating factor: Naveen Andrews does his best.)

  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014 4

    A meticulously-animated blend of exciting kid-flick comedy-action, and insightful commentary on such. It works on so many different levels: there's the meta-referencing, there's the self-aware understanding of Lego and rules and what it means to break them; but there's also the thrilling action parody, the near-constant runs of insanely good jokes, and the beautifully realised, Lego-fied look. I'll be extremely impressed if any 2014 animated movie outdoes this high-water mark.