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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★

    On the one hand, I totally see that this was a mess: a convoluted plot which required cast members to spend a lot of time explaining the backstory to our main character, a certain lack of chemistry between our hero and heroine, and a main villain who was trying to communicate how angry he was at some points by alternating between whispering and BELLOWING words in any given sentence rather than by, you know, acting.

    On the other hand, it…

  • Love, Rosie

    Love, Rosie

    ★★½

    The idea is that Collins' character Rosie and her neighbour Alex (Sam Claflin) have spent their early adulthood repeatedly failing to get together despite their being best friends throughout. Aged 18 at the film's start, they're both set to head off to college in the USA, but her last-minute pregnancy causes her to delay her plans and they're off on very different tracks across life, until a decade or so on circumstances give them one more chance to connect.

    It's…

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  • Loving Leah

    Loving Leah

    ★★★½

    Undemanding but surprisingly engaging fare. Yes, the ending can be predicted some fifteen minutes in, but it's the path the characters take to get there that makes it worth a watch.

    This whole story depends hugely upon Lauren Ambrose's performance to sell it. Happily, she's more than up to the task.

    [It probably helps that I have absolutely no knowledge of whether the combination of Jewish custom and personal circumstances that resulted in the lead characters coming together counts as completely outlandish or merely ridiculous. It's easier to suspend disbelief that way.]

  • Star Trek

    Star Trek

    ★★★★½

    As modern day reboots go, this is very nearly as good as it gets: for all the jokes about lens flare JJ Abrams got the important things right:

    1) A cast who (with the regrettable exception of Simon Pegg's take on Mr Scott) did a bang on job of evoking the original series characters without falling into the trap of doing impersonations of the original actors. (Zachary Quinto deserves double points for pulling this off even when doing a scene…