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  • The Intern

    The Intern

    ★★★★

    A sweet film. Hathaway and De Niro have lovey chemistry, and the film walks the line satisfyingly shy of schmaltzy.

    As a friend once said, “It’s funny because old people …”. Old people are quite funny. The Intern balances it nicely with demonstrations of experience that feel real, not I-told-you-so annoying.

  • My Year with Helen

    My Year with Helen

    ★★★★★

    A fantastic, unassuming documentary about perhaps one of the most important job appointments in the world. And there’s New Zealand’s own Helen Clark in the thick of it. The interviews feel natural and honest, and don’t repeat themselves.

    4.5 stars plus 0.5 for Letterboxd team member cameo at 1 hour.

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★★

    I've bought the DVD, the soundtrack, watched the making of and dreamed about Kelly McGillis more than one time. The film that did more for Air Force enlistments than anything else will do the same for you.

    If you've ever been holding on too tight with a bunch of oiled up dudes then you will lose your edge over Top Gun again and again.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★½

    What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around…