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  • Insidious: The Last Key

    Insidious: The Last Key

    ★★

    James Wan’s Insidious (2010) left an indelible mark on modern horror. Its style, aesthetic, and camerawork has influenced many filmmakers, together with Wan’s own The Conjuring (2013). This unfortunately makes it difficult to differentiate between many haunted house movies of the past decade, but particularly those two franchises Wan helped launch.

    It also doesn’t help that Patrick Wilson appears in two instalments of both Insidious and The Conjuring. One can be forgiven for starting Insidious: The Last Key and forgetting…

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★½

    Aaron Sorkin’s lauded for his screenwriting thanks to HBO’s The West Wing (1999–2006) and The Social Network (2010), but not every project he’s involved with goes to plan. Tolerances vary with his style, but few enjoyed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom. There’s sometimes a feeling that he uses characters as mouthpieces for his own ideologies, and there’s perhaps some truth to that.

    In more recent times, perhaps this is why Sorkin’s mostly been adapt other people’s…

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    Sorry, but this doesn't deserve the acclaim festooned upon it. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, I see. Amazing.

    TONI ERDMANN is a German drama miss-sold as a comedy (the lead actress even agrees), about an eccentric father with a love of disguises, who pays his estranged career-minded daughter a surprise visit, and proceeds to cause her great embarrassment.

    Good idea. FUNNY idea. They're going to remake this with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson. So someone clearly thinks it's a comedy in…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.