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  • 9/11

    9/11

    ½

    Making films about horrific true life events is a minefield through which filmmakers must tread carefully. No one told the director of 9/11 (who doesn’t even deserve the 25 seconds it would take me to research his name), who runs straight through that minefield with his eyes closed. This is a completely cynical, manipulative, exploitative and tasteless film, that uses the horrific events of that day as a lazy crutch to try and create drama and peril in a way…

  • Pet

    Pet

    ★★★½

    What seems on the surface to be a fairly generic and unoriginal concept (socially-awkward loner develops obsession with girl, kidnaps her and imprisons her in a dog cage) goes to some unexpected places. To say too much would be entering spoiler territory, Pet is a film that requires a leap of faith from the viewer but I felt the reward outweighed the risk. Well acted, well shot and with some genuinely surprising plot turns. Also a cautionary tale about the dangers of social media, since he finds out everything he needs to know about her from her Facebook page. Check those privacy settings people!

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  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

    ★★★½

    Arnold Schwarzanegger's bad parenting made Jake Lloyd grow up to be Darth Vader

  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    ★★★★

    They've added a Bad to the front of the title here in the UK, presumably so some dimwit doesn't mistakenly wander into the cinema thinking they've finally made a big screen adventure for Harold Bishop and the rest of the denizens of Ramsey Street. As for the film itself, it's actually really funny. Rude, crude and lewd, but very funny. And it has plenty of good gags that weren't already ruined by overexposure in the trailers, which is rare for…