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  • Irreplaceable You

    Irreplaceable You

    So they meet as kids and spend the rest of their lives together. They go to see a doctor about pregnancy before having even done a home test, cut to a scan of growths. The doctor says they are cancerous and he immediately talks about palliative care. This film skips so many steps, it is difficult to get involved - there's no hope built on a possible pregnancy, there's no growing dread over whether or not the masses are malignant…

  • Carrie Pilby

    Carrie Pilby

    ★★★

    Watching this, I found myself wondering why I didn't enjoy this more: Bel Powley, loveliness personified, is a precocious 19-year-old who tells her therapist of her growing pains, as wel as of an ill-advised romance with a University lecturer whom she lent her first edition copy of 'Franny and Zooey' - and it's Christmas and Gabriel Byrne is her Dad?! This ticks so many of my boxes, I should be ecstatic about this.... The only answer to my underwhelmed reaction…

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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 is 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…