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  • After Midnight

    After Midnight

    ★★★½

    Previously known as 'Something Else', the retitled After Midnight is a mumblecore monster movie - a sort of relationship breakdown story played out in the guise of a rural creature feature, which shifts from slowburn psychological dread to the most roof-raising ‘I didn’t see that one coming’ shock punchline since Deep Blue Sea.
    I was in the minority of not being a big fan of their previous festival hit, The Battery, but here Jeremy Gardner & team's genre follow-up is a…

  • She Never Died

    She Never Died

    ★★½

    There are hints and implications of an expanded universe first explored in the far superior He Never Died, but unfortunately this semi-sequel settles for a fairly bland detective procedural meets Hostel vibe, which enigmatic central performance aside, is sadly underwhelming and a missed opportunity to further develop a fascinating central premise.

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  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
    So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2

    ★★★★

    2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…