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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    How to Train Your Dragon


    Poor Dreamworks had been associated with sub-standard animated outings for a while before the release of How to Train Your Dragon. A slightly unfair perception perhaps, as three years earlier saw the release of the comparitively decent Kung Fu Panda. I'll admit this film passed me by at that time for precisely this reason. This, and that the trailer promised every bit of mediocrity I'd come to expect. Instead, How to Train Your Dragon turned out a rare gem of…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    Rogue One was a film asking for trouble. It's a midquel riding the wave of the second most financially successful film ever in a series notorious and indeed synonymous with disappointing pre-instalments. This coupled with apparently endless directorial problems gives a pretty good recipe for disaster.

    What a relief then, that the end result is surprisingly decent, but there are definite flaws with the film.

    Firstly, given that this is a chronological bridge between the prequel trilogy and the original…

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


    An exercise in persistent dread rather than plot unpredictability, the film examines the tragic inevitability of conflict. Andy Serkis carries the film from start to finish, but man does he carry it (give the man an oscar already). Alas, all the human characters are dull as a broken bulb, but the highs are worth the lows.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


    Likeable characters and a typical Rowling plot of twists and turns, but the nomaj Kowalski is the star of the show. Tonally different enough to warrant its own series and general lack of fan service make this a worthy entry.