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  • Killing Ground

    Killing Ground

    ★★★½

    This is an expertly-made film, and if I feel awful about having seen it, then perhaps it has succeeded.

    It offers more complexity from the lead roles than we have come to expect from a never-ending parade of miserable films about helpless victims.

    If you can stomach another of these, it is the best one for a very long time.

    It also confirms that I never need to watch one again.

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★★½

    Much better than I gave it credit for at the time. I got really mad about how specifically it seemed to be stealing from one of my favourite sci-fi movies, but that's definitely not all that's going on here. I suspected I'd underrated it, and I'm glad I went back to make sure.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    One of the year's very best movies.

    David Fincher never gives me exactly what I'm expecting. Here, I wasn't even close. I'm told that while the plot sticks close to the book, the utterly bizarre sense of humour is new for the movie.

    It's a tone that turns an insane plot into something truly special. Fincher knew how crazy this story was, and by the time it gets where it's going, it felt like the plot itself was part of…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    ★★

    Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.

    For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.

    It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…