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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    I don't know why I watched this again. Having done so, I felt a little more sympathetic for what Nolan is trying to achieve. Has an additional resonance in the wake of Trump's victory.

  • Spy Game

    Spy Game

    ★★

    Redford and Pitt are good but the whole thing is immediately forgettable. The cinematography is painfully early-2000s and the plot, although probably more realistic than most spy thrillers, is just kind of there.

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    ★★★

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I finished the film feeling... complicated. I was gripped throughout and loved all of the performances. But I was nagged constantly by the question of what responsibility, if any, a movie has to the societal context in which it is made? In a society where women who are the victims of domestic violence face an incredible struggle does a movie, or any creative work, have a duty to keep this in mind when telling a story where the 'victim' turns out to be a psychopath?