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  • Passengers

    Passengers

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

    A man and woman (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) are awakened from hibernation 30 years into a 120-year trip to another planet. They then must search for a way to avoid dying alone on the ship.

    At least that’s what the trailers tell you. The reality of how monumentally weird Passengers is slowly sinks in as you realise that the first 20 minutes of the film don’t seem to feature Jennifer Lawrence at all. Chris Pratt wakes up due to…

  • Tim's Vermeer

    Tim's Vermeer

    ★★★★

    Technologist and inventor Tim Jenison is convinced that Vermeer’s paintings must have been accomplished with the aid of some sort of technology. He eventually forms a theory that Vermeer may have used a camera obscura beamed onto an angled mirror, then used the edge of the mirror as a reference point for which to accurately match colours.

    After a successful test with a photograph, Jenison rents a warehouse and recreates the room in The Music Lesson, then sets about painting…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) carves a niche for himself capturing video footage of horrific accidents then selling it on to news stations. The lengths he goes to in order to do his job get more and more extreme.

    This one has knocked me for six. Gyllenhaal pulls off the performance of a lifetime in this neo-noir thriller. He plays creepy sociopath Lou Bloom, with a shit eating grin and a head full of bland business mottoes off the internet. Somehow…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    A former super hero franchise movie star tries to make it on the stage.

    As if we needed more proof that an Academy Award means very little, Birdman won best film.

    90% of this is supposed to come off as one take, the parts being spliced together smoothly using movie magic. That’s quite the technical feat and it sort of works. Ironically enough it’s also one of the film’s greatest weaknesses.

    What’s the point in having what is a film-defining…