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  • The Grandmaster

    The Grandmaster

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes when you hear of a film, it sounds too good to be true. It combines so many of your favourite things and captures your imagination so intensely that you almost sweat when you anticipate it. Then, when it arrives finally, you're nervous. You don't even really want to see the reviews, but when distribution pushes reviews your way far sooner than the film your curiosity wins out...and the reviews are mixed. You become disappointed in advance, the excitement wears…

  • Duck, You Sucker

    Duck, You Sucker

    ★★★★½

    A Fistful of Dynamite aka Duck, You Sucker is universally regarded as Sergio Leone's weakest film and is commonly labelled as loose and over long by critics. It's also widely held opinion that the two stars are not competent in their accents...that last one is hard to debate. Further to this, Leone was only ever planning on producing the film and neither Rod Steiger nor James Coburn were first, second or third choices for their roles and Steiger had frequent…

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  • Everything Must Go

    Everything Must Go

    ★★★

    A sales manager returns home after losing his job to find all of his possessions on his front lawn and that his wife has left after changing the locks on his house.

    This begins a quiet turn from Will Ferrell that focuses on gentle charm rather than big laughs. I like the turn from Ferrell and would like to see more of him in this mode than his big, needy and increasingly unfunny comedic roles. The story is basic enough…

  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

    Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

    Ugh...Can we not do origins again? Seriously we're all thirsty for some real wonder woman action, why squander it with Steve Trevor ad nauseum?

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I wish I had a GoPro on my face while watching this. I actually started hyperventilating at one point from the truly awesome spectacle on screen. It is a better sequel than anyone could have believed possible. Its almost as if George Miller has done nothing but think about this movie since Road Warrior. It loses half a star for Tom Hardy's strange performance and because we never get Max driving *The Interceptor* in an action set piece. Otherwise divinely…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    ★★★★

    Upon seeing the poster for this film, I understood exactly what it was, what it would be, and how I would feel about it.
    Although I'm not a big fan of the single actor on a soundstage sub genre (Phone booth, Buried, Locke) there was something too right about it being Robert Redford battling the elements in deeply thematic and allegorical waters (see what I did there?).
    It didn't disappoint.