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  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers

    Goon: Last of the Enforcers

    ★★

    The original Goon was a genuine surprise for me. A sweary, violent sports film with a whole lot of heart. It's one of my go-to films when I'm feeling a little blue and need a picking up.

    This sequel follows the well-worn sports movie sequel trope of "guy who is good at a thing is no longer good at the thing and has to learn how to do other things". Which is fine. Some great films have used this setup…

  • Rough Night

    Rough Night

    ★½

    They do a poor job of setting up this film - all the exposition lands clunkily and the characters have such a lack of chemistry that it feels like they have never even met before.

    But in its defence, once we it hits the second act and the quote-unquote hijinx are in full flight, the problems sort of disappear for a few minutes and it actually squeezes out a few laughs.

    And then the plot kicks back in and it's dreadful all over again.

    I expected so much more from people this talented.

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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…