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  • Hampstead

    Hampstead

    ★★★

    Totes on board with James Norton eating sushi and extended shots of Flask Walk.

    Enjoyed this more for the side characters (Jason Watkins and Hugh Skinner especially!) and luscious greenery. Hampstead is a highly manicured part of London, but there are such beautiful places there, it's lovely to allow yourself to be whisked away to a world so far beyond my reach.

    Disappointingly, this ends up a really formulaic film - Diane Keaton not only just plays Diane Keaton (do…

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★½

    I'm pretty convinced I did not have my grumpy pants on as I watched this with my friend, but I'm starting to wonder. While there are a couple of good laughs, I found the film wildly uneven. I don't find Kumail particularly funny in general (more in skits than stand-up), and I don't think he's the best actor, so it seems dangerous to me to pair him with Holly Hunter.

    The comedy and drama doesn't really merge, and the argument…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…