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  • Dare to Be Wild

    Dare to Be Wild

    ★★

    If you decide it's your life's dream to win any sort of competition, it might be useful to familiarise yourself with that competition's guidelines beforehand.

    Rather a frustrating film, to be honest - it's about a girl who "dreams big" but is ready to give up at the drop of a hat when faced with every single little bloody setback. I don't know how many times Mary is pleading to someone (real or... fairies? This feel like an offensive Irish…

  • Dear John

    Dear John

    ★★

    This obviously belongs to a very specific genre, made for a specific audience that probably really enjoys it, but it's a tremendously odd film to watch as an "outsider". It's a wave of beige, essentially, and ends with viewers being asked, however passively, to root for someone to die of cancer.

    Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum are likeable as ever, and that scene with Richard Jenkins and Tatum in hospital does sufficiently tug at the heartstrings. For a film that attempts to tackle cancer, autism, lost love, and September 11, to end up with the cinematic equivalent of elevator music is quite a feat.

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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…