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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★★

    I have now seen every Tomb Raider film at least twice. No-one needs to have seen any Tomb Raider film even once to be honest.

    I quite enjoyed Tomb Raider. It has a number of issues. It has a little too much shoe-leather throughout it; the film annoyingly doubles up by explaining who Lara Croft is in the first hour, then what she is trying to do/stop in the second hour. You could have combined the acts of the film…

  • Hi, Mom!

    Hi, Mom!

    ★★★

    Brian De Palma's Hi, Mom! is a provocative comic film filled with socio-political ramblings and sex. Nominally a satire, but the best sequences are those that askew satire for sex. It is Brian De Palma throwing everything at the screen, from the experimental theatre sequence of 'Be Black, Baby', to the Rear Window aping scenes of voyeurism with Robert De Niro filming his neighbours to make porn films. Everything is played for laughs, but you can tell De Palma is…

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  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    The first 30 minutes of The Abominable Bride was quite fun, if glib, take-off on Sherlock Holmes, in the aggravating Sherlock style. However, the film quickly jumps off the waterfall, with the meta gubbins (has there ever been a show more obsessed with its own history), huge amounts of self-indulgence and a weird in-episode attempt to offset the sexist criticisms of the show. What utter mince. Sherlock has made me kinda hate Cumberbatch and Freeman. A lot. Smug gits, the pair of them.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    Gone Girl is a devilishly entertaing film, propelled by a sly script that plays serious but means hilarious, spiralled around two of the finest performances of the year; Ben Affleck subverting his square-jawed charm by focussing on his unusually untrustworthy face and Rosamond Pike attempting and succeeding at the perfect Hitchcock blonde, cold posion in champagne flute. It is the back and forth of a marriage, filmed like it is a thriller, but with the undertone of "aren't we all…