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  • David Brent: Life on the Road

    David Brent: Life on the Road

    ★★★

    Not terrible by any means with a fair few laugh out loud moments but influenced as much by Derek (characters summing up the themes of the film with on the nose observations) as much as by The Office. Stephen Merchant's contribution to the brilliance of The Office can not be overstated.

  • Oculus

    Oculus

    ★★★★½

    The best haunted mirror film since that incredibly eerie segment from Dead of Night. Director Mike Flannigan's love for the work of Stephen King is apparent throughout yet this manages to capture some of what makes The Shining so brilliant whilst being determinedly it's own beast. I fucking love this film!

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★

    The marketing campaign, with its beautifully realised virals, didn't set a foot wrong but it turns out all the filmmakers' artistry was employed in getting us to buy a ticket with very little left over for the main event. It's not all dreadful - the initial set-up has a certain something, Fassbender is terrific fun as a fey robot and Noomi Rapace is a remarkably sturdy heroine given how little she has to work with. But there's no story here to speak of and the tension generated as a result is negligible. What a missed opportunity.

  • The Believers

    The Believers

    ★½

    Director John Schlesinger slices the ham extra thick for this nonsensical, justly forgotten schlockfest about a Voodoo-ish religion taking over New York's cognoscenti. Written by Mark Frost, who went on to co-create Twin Peaks, and adapted from a novel called The Religion, you can imagine throughout the sort of turgid prose this began life as. Keen not to appear racist the film indiscriminately demonises all religions, various ethnic minorities, rich people, bleeding heart liberals, middle-aged single females and, most hilariously, milk.