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  • Win It All

    Win It All

    ★★★★

    Is this mumblecore? It's as cozy as one. It's Joe Swanberg (swoon). Its dialogue feels naturalistic and it's nicely understated as you'd expect.

    But it's a Netflix production so it probably had a budget of $33 million.

    Anyway it doesn't really matter.

    Jake Johnson (also co-writer) plays Eddie. A heavy-drinking gambling addict who has acquired a lot of money to look after. What's an addict to do?

    Seen-it-all-before of course as there are more than a few gambling films. This…

  • 2 Alone in Paris

    2 Alone in Paris

    ★★★

    If you don't happen to speak French, that title translates as 'Cops 'n' Robbers in Paris. But There's Only 1 cop & Only 1 Robber. AND NOBODY ELSE.'

    As good as it sounds?

    Non.

    But still mostly pretty good. It's played mainly for laughs and it does get a few from me.

    Gervais is a bumbling cop who has been persuing supposed master thief Curtis for years and years. We meet them during their latest match. The city is full and…

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  • [REC]

    [REC]

    ★★★★½

    One of the best found-footage films, maybe even THE best. Its secrets are fairly simple. Make it scary and move it along at a brisk pace. This film is never allowed to drag and we are invited to join the dots like the characters up to the genuinely chilling finale. Watching it with headphones on last night was a pant-soilingly good experience.

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★★

    No doubt that giving this film 5 stars at this early stage will provoke some to think I'm 'over-hyping' it. But I wouldn't be comfortable giving it less. It scared me right out of my post-sleepy queue coma.

    This is possibly the best film by James Wan in his already impressive back catalogue. THE CONJURING is an unrelenting tale of two real-life paranormal investigators on their hardest case. They are asked to help a family in their new home occupied…