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  • American Gangster

    American Gangster

    ★★½

    In his rendition of the American gangster drama, Ridley Scott regrettably echoes much of the sentiments of his directing counterparts - Scorsese, DePalma, Coppola - despite an undeniable technical proficiency behind the camera. It might be based (in part) upon fact, but Steven Zaillian's narrative is not exactly innovative, as it constantly finds itself drawn into the same clichés despite diverting from actual events.

    Denzel Washington's Frank Lucas is clearly depicted as a morally reprehensible (if fascinatingly intelligent) thug, but…

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★★

    Unlike a similar episode of "Black Mirror" (entitled "Nosedive"), this is a deeply troubling and frighteningly realistic answer to one of society's most prevalent issues of today: What is my identity found in?

    Screenwriters Matt Spicer (also director) and David Branson Smith clearly acknowledge the absurdity of Ingrid's darkly comic actions, but this is a subject which seems to endeavour to create awareness of the dangers surrounding online personas, perpetuated by social media. Crucially, Spicer and Smith exhibit characters who…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    "Oh my God, the quarterback IS TOAST!"

    I couldn't resist. Christmas came early.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    First impressions: J.J's chances of generating cinematic eminence have been sabotaged by his own dedication to nostalgia and fan service. A shamelessly repackaged "Episode IV" it may be, yet "FA" is an often thrilling, emotional and action-packed ride.

    Plus, can BB-8 and Poe Dameron please have their own seperate film franchise together? #2015'sRocket&Groot.