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  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon

    ★★★

    This film wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It still had pantomime villains and you could tell which characters were going to die just based on how lovingly the film treated their one scene. But it wasn't nearly as jingoistic and SAVE THEM ALL MARK WAHLBERG as I was thought it was going to be.

    But really, someone needs to have a word with Peter Berg and tell him there's such a thing as too much foreshadowing. When, after…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★½

    I'd avoided watching this until now because the Swedish original was still fresh in my mind. Now, with a one-year old baby and a massive sleep deficit, I figured my memory was ragged enough to be able to watch the remake and take it on its own merits.

    Even still, this is definitely lesser Fincher, dragging the film from plot beat to plot beat with no real passion for the material.

    On the plus side, Rooney Mara turns in an…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    If you were to draw a venn diagram of three of my favourite films — Rocky, Full Metal Jacket and The Social Network — right in the middle you’d find Whiplash. In the same way that Jaws isn’t really a film about a shark, this isn’t really a film about drumming. It’s a film about obsession. It’s a film about drive and being driven. It’s a film about sacrifice.

    There’s so much to like about this film. The performances from…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★

    If Casino Royale was a post-Bourne Bond, then Skyfall is most certainly a post-Tinker Tailor Bond. For a modern blockbuster, the pace is positively glacial, and for the first time in years, we see Bond engage in actual spycraft. This is a welcome relief to the exhausting parkour and shooting that so dominated the previous films.

    What's not so welcome, though, is the fact that Sam Mendes has delivered an origin story not for the modern, 21st century Bond, but…