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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★★½

    An interesting addition to the Potter franchise, with fun new characters, prequel stories to known names and plenty of action and magic.

    Recommended?: importantly this film doesn't feel un-necessary. There's an interesting and fun story here and makes a worthwhile return to the wizarding world.

  • City Island

    City Island

    ★★★½

    A quirky drama/comedy with a decent cast and a suitably dysfunctional family to sustain interest.

    Recommended?: It tries nothing new and probably won't live long in the memory, but it captures the attention and the ending rewards your persistence with a humourous conclusion to the sub-plots.

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    Ouch. A $50million budget and only $13million in box office returns. Even the Sly Stallone starring Judge Dredd returned $34million at the box office (back in '95), and we all know how bad that was. So what's the deal? How can a consistently highly rated movie do so poorly? Namely because of idiots like me.

    When I first saw the images of Dredd online and in movie magazines it really didn't appeal at all. Urban looked like either his head…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★★

    One hell of a movie.

    Don't watch this expecting tonnes of action and shoot outs at high noon, it's not that sort of western. This is a character study filled with fine actors putting in career finest performances, gorgeous cinematography and an engaging and involving story.

    Deakins is on cinematography duty here and the film looks absolutely phenomenal as a result. The interior shots are beautifully lit, the costume design, the blood, sweat and grit are all perfectly captured, but…