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  • Magnolia
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Unforgiven
  • The Thing

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  • Poseidon

    ★★★

  • Centurion

    ★★★

  • Spectre

    ★★★

  • Skyfall

    ★★★★½

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  • Poseidon

    Poseidon

    ★★★

    A perfectly enjoyable disaster movie, with the requisite levels of tension in the set pieces, but it's definitely strange that we were letting Josh Lucas headline films like this in the mid noughties.

  • Centurion

    Centurion

    ★★★

    The first half is very busy and feels rushed, but it gets better in the more focused second half, once it's whittled itself down to a few core characters. Mostly wastes a strong support cast, although at least Liam Cunningham gets in a decent look-in. And I guess it's kinda cool that the fearless and fearsome antagonist is a woman, even if she is mute.

    Has quite strong graphic novel vibes, what with its episodic nature, claggy faux-profound narration, and…

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  • Apostasy

    Apostasy

    ★★★★

    Horrible. Horrible horrible horrible. And brilliant.

    An exposé of family life in the world of Jehovah's Witnessess, written and directed by someone who used to be one of them. It's a stark and suffocating picture, depicting what amounts to a large-scale religious cult; one that controls its members to a frightening, Orwellian degree; where escape is made emotionally impossible. It includes one development that made me audibly yell out loud, aghast at what I was seeing.

    Brilliant performances from the…

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★

    This is a fucking SLOG and provides very little reward for your investment. A mere smattering of decent scenes doesn't go far in a 3 hour run-time.

    For a film that's so revered it has remarkably little to say.

    Opening with a brash, interminable 50 minute (!) wedding sequence, before even introducing your characters or giving you a hook, is suicidal filmmaking. By the time the (solid) Vietnam/Russian roulette sequences hit, you'll struggle to care, particularly with the thin, nothingy…