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  • Viceroy's House

    Viceroy's House

    ★★★

    Came for the Twilight of the Raj period porn (Downton Bungalow?) and stayed for Gurinder Chadha's surprisingly pointed take on the Partition of India -- a cynical exercise in British realpolitik that turned into a tragedy of nigh on unimaginable proportions.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★

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

    Competent production and performances failed to compensate for a film whose every, single plot driver involves doing the most incredibly stupid thing possibly while being stalked by a cranky Martian snot-bat. The final insult is a "shocking twist ending" that anyone who has seen a horror movie-that-wants-to-be-a-franchise over the last forty years or so should have seen coming at least half-an-hour before.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Yes, it's a very far from perfect movie but my Inner Child still kicked the snot out of my Inner Critic and Inner Cynic with an unhealthy glee. Merry Krampus, everyone!

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ½

    Slick, dumb as a sack of public hair, and not half as cook or naughty as it thinks it is. Give this unpleasant farrago of casual sexism, racism, misogyny and weirdly ineptly produced ultra-violence a wide swerve.