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  • The Inbetweeners 2

    The Inbetweeners 2

    ★★

    Disappointing sequel, definitely feels like they were trying to get blood out of a stone with this one - the spark was waning with the first film but still enough life in it then. This one, definitely not. Few decent jokes but forgettable.

  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★★

    A solid sequel. Not as strong as the first on most levels, the first half is a tad slow and it perhaps follow the expected beats a bit more than you'd desire but it's still a fun watch. You like these characters and care about the more human moments and the family drama that the first film did successfully as well. If you enjoyed the first, you'll enjoy this one.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    A believable and smartly made film, with effective editing to provide a great drama and tension to the narrative. Miles Teller announces himself as a competent lead, and while JK Simmons is no stranger to the 'angry superior' character, that doesn't make it any less of an intimidating, strong performance.

    My personal favourite film from 2014 so far.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★

    A splendid coming-of-age tale about a young witch, Kiki (accompanied by her cute and whimsical cat Jiji), who has to leave home in search of independence. As charming as Ghibli can be, I feel they've reached the pinnacle with this one. It always amazes me the fact Ghibli can take such simple characters, a simple setting and a simple premise and bring them to life so effortlessly. But they never compromise on providing a positive message to the viewers (in this films case, the importance of maturing and pushing on through adversity). One of Miyazaki's finest, if not the.