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  • Dark Light

    Dark Light

    I love an alien abduction movie, when it's done right. This was poorly acted, poorly scripted, with direction that was, at best, by the numbers. A terrible attempt at what could have been a decent idea. Props to the efforts on the FX but really, you could do better with your Canon 5D and a fortnight to spare.

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★½

    Aspirational Chris Hemsworth production which does absolutely nothing new, aside from him producing and starring in it. Music was intermittently ripped from Hans Zimmer's Inception soundtrack, proof, if nothing else, that the direction and sound design are as aspirational as the rest of the project, but this is an average, kidnap/escape action thriller. Wanted to be as cool as John Wick, but fell way short.

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  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★★

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.

    A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…