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The Impossible

Intense tsunami drama. Well meaning and powerful in places, but essentially not serving a purpose.


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18th Aug 2014

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The Washington Snipers

Accomplished feature debut from Sundance '13. Stylish, beautifully shot, but underdeveloped.


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17th Aug 2014

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The Dark World

Star Wars meets LOTR for a forgettable entry into the Marvel universe.


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16th Aug 2014

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The Sessions

Gentle, old-fashioned indie drama. Coming of age with a twist.


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11th Aug 2014

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Last Ride

Stylish, forgettable small aussie drama about a bad fella bonding with his young son while on the run.


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4th Aug 2014

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Mistaken For Strangers

Intriguing self-referential rock doc about The National ...that quickly runs out of steam.


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3rd Aug 2014

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RIPD

Disarmingly competent - despite being an utter derivative of Men In Black, Ghostbusters and more.


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31st Jul 2014

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Rush

Gimmicky nostalgia flick, short on focus and tension. About as interesting as a Formula 1 race.


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12th Jul 2014

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Transcendence

Promising sci-fi quickly morphs into hollow action in the hands of first time director Wally Pfister.


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4th Jul 2014

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The Invisible Woman

Jane Campion-esque Dickens biog that never gets going - and overlooks the wonders on Nunhead.


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30th May 2014

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Thor: The Dark World

Natalie Portman's turn to be lost in a strange land as Asgard is attacked by moody elves.


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21st May 2014

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Trance

Odd art heist/amnesia thriller misfire from Danny Boyle with an overcooked whodunwhat plot. London looks good.


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10th Apr 2014

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Lone Survivor

Intense but shapeless Special Ops shoot out with very little to say.


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20th Mar 2014

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This Is The End

Stupid post-modern, post-apocalyptic comedy from the frat pack, with the occasional funny moment.


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14th Mar 2014

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The Last Stand

Schwarzenegger Lite returns. Decent enough actioner that regresses into an A-Team episode for act 3.


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28th Feb 2014

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The Internship

'Old School' gets a version 2.0 update, with heavy product placement. Everybody learns something.


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16th Jan 2014

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Generic Vegas laughs that's less than magic even with Carell, Buscemi & Gandolfini.


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2nd Jan 2014

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The World's End

Another remake of that one @simonpegg / @edgarwright movie. This one's like Dr Who with swearing.


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8th Dec 2013

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On the Road

Stylish, faithful adaptation that manages to render the book as a pretentious load of jazz twoddle.


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16th Nov 2013

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Shame

Raw, emotional, stylish art house flick that's surprisingly slight and pretty depressing. Good OST.


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12th Nov 2013

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Friends With Kids

I'm still not sure if I'd seen this text book romcom before. Don Draper disappoints.


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26th Oct 2013

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The Master

Sumptuous, laborious epic. Someone needs to show this guy how to edit.


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3rd Oct 2013

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The Rebound

CZJ and the guy from The Hangover stay safely between the lines in this predictable rom com.


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31st Aug 2013

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Down Terrace

Suburban crime drama that strays a little too close to 'Stella Street'.


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28th Aug 2013

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Elysium

Human USB stick Matt Damon tries to reach Jodie Foster's satellite paradise with routine shoot-out results.


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25th Aug 2013

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What To Expect When You're Expecting

I hope you're not expecting car chases and shoot outs.


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24th Aug 2013

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Valhalla Rising

Pretentious, drawn out Viking odyssey from N Winding Refn, that takes a long time to not say much.


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20th Aug 2013

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Kick Ass 2

A wonky tone, sleazy gags and a plot that pushes Chloe Moretz to be more Miss than Hit takes the fun out.


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12th Aug 2013

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Savages

Promising drama, directed to within an inch of its life by the ever-subtle hand of Oliver Stone.


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9th Aug 2013

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The Place Beyond The Pines

Pretentious, self important indie epic with a few decent moments.


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6th Aug 2013

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Bad Boys II

Prototype Bayhem pic, unrestrained by the tediums of actually reality that hamstringed Pearl Harbour.


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29th Jun 2013

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Whiteout

Unsatisfying Antarctic murder-mystery, that wastes a great premise.


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24th Jun 2013

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Premium Rush

Fixie courier thriller that works, despite veering perilously close to BMX Bandits territory.


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15th Jun 2013

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2 Days In New York

Noisy, amateurish comedy that occasionally manages to be charming.


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3rd Jun 2013

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Girl Most Likely

Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon wasted in an unlikely string of misfired life crisis gags.


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30th May 2013

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The Double

Bog-standard predictably tricksy spy thriller. Richard Gere in neutral.


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10th May 2013

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The Aviator

Solid, but totally unremarkable Brit relationship weepy.


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5th May 2013

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Having You

Solid, but totally unremarkable Brit relationship weepy.


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4th May 2013

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Flashbacks of a Fool

Stylish but unnecessarily drawn out faded movie star film. Should have ditched the flashbacks.


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14th Apr 2013

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Rock of Ages

Nostalgic music choices, but yes - it is an actual musical.


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6th Apr 2013

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On the Beach

Atmospheric, somber, slow-burning, post-apocalyptic drama that fails to ignite.

Halliwell says: Gloomy prophecy which works well in spasms but is generally too content to chat rather than imagine. A solid prestige job nevertheless.**


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6th Apr 2013

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Lockout

Hideously mis-cast, B-grade Euro-blockbuster, with Luc Besson's sticky fingers all over it.


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4th Apr 2013

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Ill Manors

Well-handled urban crime drama, that deals with the same old boring cliches.


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3rd Apr 2013

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American Psycho

Overblown, vacuous satire that is hampered further by Christian Bale's near-slapstick performance.

Halliwell says: A daft, elegant portrait of a self-obsessed, fashionable, design-conscious man descending into psychosis as a result of his obsessions.**


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25th Mar 2013

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The Omega Man

Charlton Heston cruises an empty NYC by day, dodges albino mutants by night. Good start, lacks tension.

Halliwell says: "Realistic" version of a novel which was about vampires taking over, and was previously filmed unsatisfactorily as The Last Man On Earth. This nasty version rises to a few good action sequences but is bogged down by talk in between.*


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24th Mar 2013

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On The Beach

Cary Grant and Ava Gardner wait months for lethal atomic radiation to arrive down under. Apocalypse slow.

Halliwell says: Gloomy prophecy which works well in spasms but is generally too content to chat rather than imagine. A solid prestige job nevertheless.**


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23rd Mar 2013

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Any Given Sunday

Glitzy, predictable NFL movie that wishes it had Michael Mann in charge instead of Oliver Stone.


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14th Mar 2013

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Houdini

Tony Curtis gets a wriggle on in this short, functional, not particularly magical biopic.

Halliwell says: Superficial biopic with more attention to romance than to interesting detail. Some zest in the playing is killed by claustrophobic studio sets.*


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7th Mar 2013

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The Decline of Western Civilization

Essential, but hilariously dated state-of-the-union doc of LA's 80s punk scene.

Halliwell says: Quirky and fascinating study of some of the unlovelier aspects of youthful rebellion; it makes an interesting companion piece to the director's first feature film, Suburbia.*


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28th Feb 2013

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Pretentious, self consciously quirky Oscarbait that strangely fails to connect.


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17th Feb 2013

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