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  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    ★★★★

    When The Lego Movie was released, we were pulled in by the nostalgia loaded into its DNA. When The Lego Batman Movie appeared, our fascination with comic book heroes and the spoofing of our caped crusader charmed us entirely. The Lego Ninjago Movie, on the other hand, is selling something quite different. Cynics might highlight how Ninjago, a line of Lego toys spawned from the Ninja Lego series in 2011, is a shameless 95-minute advert for toys. While there is…

  • The Mercy

    The Mercy

    ★★★★½

    For me, the closest comparison to The Mercy is Everest. Colin Firth, in his strongest performance since The King’s Speech, plays the tragic role of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who took to the seas to circumnavigate the globe. When watching The Mercy, there is only sadness in his sincere intentions combined with a gung-ho attitude. He could be seen as every man who has a dream that’s slightly outside of the range of normal. To climb the tallest peaks.…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Based on the west coast streets, with the orange haze and branded bill-boards, Nightcrawler comes out of the dark with a sordid capitalist tale to tell. Starring a wide-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, videographer of the LA boulevards, it’s a name he won’t let you forget. He captures the bloody crimes that dominate the morning television screens across the local area. Leeching off the ills of society, his role is needed because it makes money. His “professional” and guide-to-success…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★½

    No music and little dialogue introduce brothers Mark (Tatum) and Dave (Ruffalo) Schultz. The dance of wrestlers, grabbing and holding each other in pin-downs and body-throws, prove their intimate knowledge of each other’s physicality. A combination of Bennett Miller’s considered direction and the actor’s commitment ensure that their relationship is deeply personal and wholly authentic. Foxcatcher is rooted in the world of wrestling, whereby the support of John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) gave security to athletes determined to be the…