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  • Mixed Nuts

    Mixed Nuts

    ★★

    The other Nora Ephron films I've seen are defined by genuinely kind, wistful characters and an expertly crafted cityscape, usually coalescing into cosy, funny, heartwarming films. This one is defined by bad slapstick, very strange performances, and is mostly confined to one building. Basically the opposite of why I love her other work. I know I shouldn’t dislike a film because it isn’t specifically what I wanted it to be, but Mixed Nuts is a clear misstep from Ephron. It’s…

  • Colossal

    Colossal

    Not sure I’ve ever turned on a film more than this one. The first 40 minutes are fine; nothing special, but enjoyable enough with a dumb but potentially interesting set up. But then suddenly the poor writing bulldozes through the script much like Hathaway’s monster alter-ego destroys Seoul. At least three people here quickly devolve into some of the most poorly written characters I’ve ever seen. Hathaway’s ex-boyfriend, who admittedly wasn’t good initially either, just whines constantly. Why this character,…

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck

    ★★★★½

    The Rolling Stone quote on the poster claims it's "the most intimate rock doc ever." They're probably right. If I had to describe Cobain: Montage Of Heck in one word, I'd say - heartbreaking. Whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not is pretty much irrelevant, because this isn't about the band or Kurt's career, it's about him as a person. A man with a troubled soul that couldn't get out of his own head, who didn't want to be…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Fincher continues to cement his god-like status with another astoundingly brilliant dark, complex mystery full of malice, beauty and topped off by some incredible acting. There's nothing specific I can pinpoint to say why this film is so amazing, because everything about it is stupendous. The narrative twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. The directing is, of course, excellent and, combined with the superb lighting (Fincher's love of yellow is on full display) and haunting soundtrack, gives off this…