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  • A Very Murray Christmas

    A Very Murray Christmas

    ★★

    It was boring. And with that cast and that director, there is no excuse for it to be boring. One star for Maya Rudolph because she's awesome, and one star for a goofy George Clooney performance.

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    ★★

    I watched this because I wanted an inoffensive film that I could fall asleep to on the plane, but it backfired because I stayed awake for most of it. Steve Coogan nails the character of Alan Partridge, as always, but I have the same problems with this as I do with watching the show: it's inconsistently funny, and when it's not funny it's just boring. One star for Steve Coogan, and one for Felicity Montagu, the most underrated comic actress I've seen in a while.

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  • Hector and the Search for Happiness

    Hector and the Search for Happiness

    ★★½

    I watched this because I was bummed out and wanted to cheer up. It didn't work, because for all this talk of happiness, the circumstances of Hector's life are all charmed. He has people around him who humour him endlessly. Even those who are meant to strike fear into his heart are brushed away in the end. It is a shallow film meant to inspire deep happiness, but all it does is linger a moment on the surface, and then dissipate.

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★

    I get the point it makes about violence in media. And I still hated it. But it gets two stars because it was extremely effective in horrifying me. I never want to see it again.