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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So full of promise, bold yet beautiful with special effects to amaze and astound... while being wholly devoid of character and a semblance of plot.

    I wanted to like it, and I kind of agree with the optimism and protect our home messaging, but it's so ham-fistedly delivered that the point is lost even when sledge hammered like this.

    I like George Clooney, LOVE Hugh Laurie and it even has Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key in it.

    Yet.

    Meh.

    Also major spoilers but the resolution to years of us blowing things up and not thinking about the consequences is ... blowing something up.

    Sigh.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    A Brilliant and well executed movie that is not really about AI but about the levels of deceit and manipulation.

    I really liked it even though it was pretty obvious what was going on and despite the fact that Alex Garland wrote and directed this and I have actively disliked all his work to date.

    Until this one.

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  • Predestination

    Predestination

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Extremely good though predictable twists at the end were signposted many times through the film.

    However the plot is great, the direction superb and the acting flawless, especially from the central character(s).

    The effects were not really relevant but it was a piece for the brain, even if it was served up in bite sized and easily digested pieces.

    One of the better Sci-Fi movies this year and up there with SnowPiercer for 2014.

  • It Boy

    It Boy

    ★★★★

    Charming and by the numbers this is a romantic comedy with little to recommend it other than it's just enjoyable.

    If I pulled it apart I would find loads of things to pick at, but I don't want to.

    The lead actress looked the part (she's 37, the character 38) and gorgeous, and the younger man, well he looked 12 but probably more like 20.

    The setting, the plot, the layer upon layer of social commentary about ageism in relationships…