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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★½

    A splendid (perfectly cast) cast and stunning visuals make this live-action re-make worth the price of admission. With more backstory and depth of characterization and a few forgettable new musical numbers, there are hits and misses when it comes to new additions but overall it works and works very well indeed.

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★★

    A solid origin story elevated by mind-blowing effects (you've never seen anything like this), Giacchino's excellent score, and a well-cast, talented group of actors led by a great Cumberbatch who is clearly having the time of his life playing the magical, Mister/Doctor/Sorcerer Supreme. The humour stands out too. Was worried Strange would be a little too Tony Stark-esque but both the script and Cumberbatch's portrayal make it something different yet just as appealing.

    Two elements that really stood out to…

  • Below Her Mouth

    Below Her Mouth

    ★★

    Though the idea is a good (and long overdue) one - love and lust through the female gaze - the execution left me cold. While I appreciated the overall attempt and admire the realistic/unapologetic depiction of sex/nudity (and how they let Toronto BE Toronto), the lack of character development and stilted dialogue/acting left me wishing this had been tackled by a different team of people altogether. It could/should have been so much better.

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★★

    Tom Bennett's first scene is quite literally the best thing you'll see on film in 2016. That includes people who film the birth of their child. This was a goddamn delight.

  • We Are Many

    We Are Many

    ★★★★

    "Anger and optimism are a powerful combination." So sayeth Tony Benn, former Labour politician and president (until his recent death) of the Stop the War Coalition, toward the end of Amir Amirani's documentary on the potential of everyday people to engender positive change. He's not wrong. Centred around the record-breaking global Anti-Iraq War protests of February 15, 2003, the powerfully moving and inspiring film had me outraged at the past and optimistic about the future all at one time. Far…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    My very articulate review of George Miller's latest: Holy s^*t, that was a goddamn masterpiece. I'm still practically speechless after watching it two hours ago so I'm afraid that's the best I'm able to do at conveying my feelings for the film at this point. Hopefully I'll get my brain back at some stage in the future. Mostly so I can see it again.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★★

    Everything is awesome indeed. Refreshingly original, fun, witty, and enjoyable - with the catchiest song I've heard in years - the film's voice cast has a ball across the board (Chris Pratt is PERFECT) and so does the audience.

    Definitely my favourite movie of 2014...so far...

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    Thank the sweet movie Gods this franchise is finally over. Dramatic when it shouldn't be, funny when it doesn't mean to be, with honestly some of the worst pacing I've seen on film. I'd talk about how bad the leads are here but it's all been said, right? That one star? Solely there because Michael Sheen is having an absolute blast acting/hamming it up in this and he almost single-handedly made it worth a watch.

    Side note: I had to watch this for work purposes. Please don't judge.

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★½

    An impressive effort by Affleck (behind and in front of the camera). Always very impressed when a director can keep the tension going throughout a true story where the ending is well-known. Really put me in mind of my favourite '70s political thrillers too. A must-see.