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  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2015

    Foxcatcher is your typical Oscar contender. It’s based on an extraordinary true story. It has a bunch of very accomplished actors, many of whom are performing at the top of their game. It has that central performance which anchors the movie. And, crucially, it’s quite fun to watch. Put it next to the other contenders that have just been announced, and this Bennett Miller film fits in very nicely.

    The story is definitely extraordinary, and hard to believe that it…

  • The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    There was one little moment in 'The Theory Of Everything' that I really didn’t like – while on stage in his wheelchair, Stephen Hawkins imagines himself standing up, picking up a pencil off the floor and placing it on a table. It’s an odd fantasy sequence in a film that does so much to ground itself in the utmost reality, and I’m taken out of the moment. But why do I start this review straight off with a criticism? Because…

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  • Pride and Glory 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2012

    The meltdown of a corruption plot within the NYPD is told through the perspective of one family, in director Gavin O’Connor’s severely underrated ‘Pride and Glory’. At the heart of it we have Colin Farrell (the corrupt one) and Edward Norton (the straight one), both on the search for a murderer, but both for entirely different reasons.

    I remember seeing this film at the cinema years ago. I liked it then, but I loved it now. Brilliantly choreographed, really well…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    Take my advice and go see Birdman. Maybe even watch it a second or a third time. Because, chances are, you’re not going to see a film like this again for a very long time. Sure, there will be other great films, other magnificent films that are essential viewing, but films like this don’t get made very often. So refreshing to see, in this age of cinema where everything is adapted or reimagined or sequelled, a film that is so…