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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★

    Sure it’s slow and melodramatic but only the most hardened cynic will manage not to tear up over the grand finale. Essential Christmas viewing. It’s a shame Potter-ism won out in real world USA—George Bailey isn’t exactly a socialist but I’d still welcome a hero with his community spirit in contemporary pop culture ‘content’.

  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

    ★★

    Every time I thought this couldn’t get more ridiculous, it did. Has to be seen to be believed. But don’t really see it. Just take my word for it. You might think ridiculous can be fun but in this case there’s something mean spirited and ugly running through all things that I found really quite offputting.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★★

    Seen on the day that I personally received a very bad review. Has a huge amount to say about art, ego, criticism and the list goes on. After seeing this I felt the need to immediately start again. It's that dense. But at the same time the experience of watching it is just a delight.

  • Bronson

    Bronson

    ★★★★

    WTF did I just watch. Most of the Refn pieces are in place: solitary male lead, violence, electro soundtrack. But you won't see Gosling go to the places Hardy dares to go. Irresistible physical performance that is hard to look away from even if you'd often rather do so.