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  • High-Rise



    Same problems on second viewing as the first time. Too many to list, but the lack of J G Ballard's cool detachment, the fluffing of the opening and closing shots, and the chaotic editing certainly don't help. Little sense of the tripartite tribalism in the book, and even less sense that the initially bored and indolent inhabitants find meaning in, and are transformed by, the building's slide into mechanical failure. Or, more precisely, by their increasingly motivated responses to the ensuing violent chaos.

  • True Grit

    True Grit


    Superior in every way to the John Wayne original, for which the ageing actor undeservedly won an Oscar.

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  • Looper



    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook


    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…