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  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★½

    What starts off as a promising mystery rapidly slides into overwrought melodrama. Despite Emily Blunt's best efforts, the packed theatre i saw this in was laughing at all the wrong places. And I couldn't give a toss about these over privileged characters, disappointed with their perfect lives.

  • Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey

    Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey

    ★★★

    Very average History Channel doc about a fascinating character, Richard Evans Schultes, who discovered the plant sources of several key psychedelics in the 30s, 40s and 50s, and helped to introduce them to the West. Wade Davis, while engaging enough (and an interesting ethnobotanist in his own right: his fascinating book "The Serpent and the Rainbow", about tracking down tetrodotoxin, used to initiate the "zombie state" in Haitian culture, is well worth reading), fails to give much insight into Schultes…

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  • Cold in July

    Cold in July

    ★★½

    I really liked the 80s touches - the synthy score, the intruder lit suddenly by a lightning flash, it even ends with a stalk scene in a weirdly lit warehouse! But this is tonally all over the place, which doesn't quite work, even if it keeps things surprising. And it really could have lost 20 minutes runtime, the pacing is really saggy.

  • Black Death

    Black Death

    ★★

    Despite an effectively bleak, grimy atmosphere, and some interesting, if somewhat incoherent commentary on Christian morals, this Wicker Man in the swamp is ultimately let down by amateur filmmaking and its small budget.