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  • Cop Land

    Cop Land

    ★★★★

    "Sylvester Stallone wasn’t the first choice for the lead role in Cop Land. In fact, director James Mangold was reluctant to even meet the actor, whose recent films had been a string of forgettable action movies panned by critics and fans alike. “He’s become a cartoon of himself,” Mangold said at the time, wary of the prospect of a Planet Hollywood egomaniac interfering with his feature film debut.

    "This initial trepidation is perfectly understandable, given that Cop Land is not…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    I've noticed this with a lot of the better entries in the MCU, but they really nail the first and second acts, but the action in the last half tends to be overlong and lacking in real visceral impact.

    The one difference is, like Black Panther, this absolutely lands the final post-action scenes. Gunn, more so than Whedon or the Russos, knows how to use an ensemble cast and interweave their arcs.

    Nebula and Gamora get to explore sibling rivalry…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★

    This is just plain sweet, with enough good dialogue, smart directorial decisions and charismatic performances to elevate it above being just an alternate take on a familiar genre (though that would have been good too).

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★½

    I really liked this movie, and although the production is impressive - it's worth seeing because it's well-shot, well acted and full of fully-realised characters. The titular boy is in 99% of the scenes, but it's not all about him - we get to see the growth of the characters around him; he's not always the centerpiece of a scene. Ethan Hawke is great here, in fact I don't think I've seen him be this good before.
    When the movie…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The most accurate synopsis I could come up with:

    An insect queen, tended to by mindless-yet-oppressive drones, harvests men and casts aside female bodies to survive. She discovers the value in humanity, only to fall victim to the worst of it in a cruel act of ignorant hostility by a predator in human skin.

    Even better the second time, and something that absolutely must be seen on the big screen. Before I liked it a lot, but now it's possibly made its way into my top 10 movies of the 21st century