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  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★

    I wouldn’t have finished (or, actually, started) watching this if not for the Diablo Cody/Charlize Theron pairing. It’s a good film but far inferior to Young Adult, and the subject matter might as well have been designed specifically to put me off. Also, I absolutely hated Tully and genuinely have no idea whether I was meant to.

  • American Fable

    American Fable

    ★★★½

    Didn't always hold my attention, but when it did it was captivating. Has that stagy ambience that seems to be getting more common (which I like). Feels like an American companion to In the Dark Half.

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  • Merlin

    Merlin

    ★★★★★

    So many things about this are so good. I always forget how fantastic it is, perhaps because I assume my affection for it is largely due to nostalgia, so watching it after a while of not doing so is always a treat. The cast is amazing and there are some particularly standout performances - Miranda Richardson as Queen Mab (although I hold her responsible for some bad makeup choices in my teens), Helena Bonham Carter as Morgan Le Fey, Martin…

  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    ★★★

    One of my vast collection of films I've watched about a thousand times because I can stick it on in the background while I'm writing, doing some work, reading a magazine, cooking, cleaning etc and not really have to concentrate. It had the potential to be much better, but I don't actually think it stands up too badly next to the book, even with the altered ending. Some of the casting is good (Nicole Kidman and the Magisterium officials, especially…