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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, hilarious and totally charming. Every character feels like they matter.

    About half way through I didn't think there was enough to go to justify the running time, but the film never feels like it's filling time or plodding along.

    Lovely performances and a great script, I hope Marvel doesn't sanitise Taika Waititi too much for Thor 3

  • Flight

    Flight

    ★★★★½

    Superb. Not least of all due to Denzel's absolutely top notch performance. Has to be a favourite for the best actor Oscar.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a tense and uncomfortable film but in a very good way. It's a little long and maybe could have done without some of the first two thirds, but the storming of the compound at the end is riveting and intense.

  • Boy Wonder

    Boy Wonder

    ★★★★

    I'd never even heard of this movie until it popped up as people I follow had watched it (thank you letterboxd) and I'm pleased it did. It's not the greatest movie ever made and yes it has it's flaws, but the cenbtral character is written fantastically and his performance is pretty good too. It deals with the morality surrounding the choices he makes and the situation he's in fantastically and the ending is strong and follows the tone of the…

  • Stardust

    Stardust

    ★★★★★

    I'm not proud of giving this movie 5 stars.

    Watching this film in the first place is arguably one of the least manly things I've ever done. But this movie is near flawless.

    It's the Princess Bride of this generation. A great adventure story with a bit of silliness thrown in. The dead brothers and De Niro are particular comedy highlights, but there are great turns in this by just about everyone who appears on screen.

    A surprisingly very good movie that I would recommend to anybody

  • Ted

    Ted

    ★★★★½

    I re-watched this today having brought it on Bluray and gave it an extra half a star. This movie is genuinely funny throughout, though a pre existing appreciation of Seth MacFarlane is probably helpful when gauging your own potential levels of enjoyment. It's too predictable a story to ever truly get full marks, but this could have been a train wreck and it was far from it.

  • White Men Can't Jump

    White Men Can't Jump

    ★★★★

    That one missing star is pretty much down to Rosie Perez

  • Garfield

    Garfield

    ½

    Why?

  • Easy A

    Easy A

    ★★★½

    This was a pretty good movie. Some good laughs in it if a predictable story throughout. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are brilliant in this and earn a whole star on their own.

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

    ★★★★½

    This was fantastic. Not just, for a cartoon fantastic, but genuinely gripping and entertaining throughout fantastic.

    I didn't have high hopes having watched the Avengers animated movies, but this is a great watch. The voice performances are spot on and the story is great.

    I enjoyed the recent Dark Knight trilogy very much, but this is an equally entertaining alternative to "Rises".

    Very much looking forward to Part 2

  • Gone in Sixty Seconds

    Gone in Sixty Seconds

    ½

    It's just.... I hate Nicholas Cage so much, I can't get beyond his terrible performance.

  • Paranormal Activity 4

    Paranormal Activity 4

    ½

    1 was poor
    2 was worse
    3 was surprisingly entertaining and seemed to benefit from its retro period
    4 was just terrible.
    Why was she filming pointless conversations? Why did she set up all those lap tops and not watch any footage? What happened to weird boy 1? Why was the scariest thing in this movie a cat entering shot?
    Just terrible.