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Birdman

Bravura Oscar winner. Stunningly shot, but you can guess the shortcomings of this 'single take' showpiece.


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23rd Feb 2015

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Dead Man

Stark, not entirely successful western. A relic from days gone by, when Johnny Depp was in arthouse films.


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8th Jan 2015

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Gone Girl

While it's less gripping once you know the twists, Fincher's cold thriller evolves into a dark comedy.


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1st Jan 2015

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Maps To The STARS

Twisted, Lynchian melodrama ...from Cronenberg. Dark and original, though possibly not enjoyable.


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1st Jan 2015

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Starred Up

Brutal, gruelling prison drama - anchored by a raft of solid performances.


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31st Dec 2014

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Le Week-end

Talky, thought provoking middle aged comedy about dreams v life. Solid script from Hanif Kureishi.


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24th Dec 2014

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For Lovers Only

Inspiring arthouse pic from the Polish Brothers. Remarkably offhand et casual. A bit pretentious.


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20th Nov 2014

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Filmage: The Story of Descendents / All

Nostalgic doc that doesn't avoid the realities of being pop punk pioneers. @Descendents.


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15th Nov 2014

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Gone Girl

David Fincher pushes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike into dark corners of marriage in a long, twisty thriller.


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26th Sep 2014

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Days of Future Past

Text book comic book time hopping antics. Clever twists and a heathy franchise future.


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15th Sep 2014

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Edge of Tomorrow

Smart sci-fi mashing Private Ryan with Groundhog Day. 3rd act wobbles before a strong finish.


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13th Sep 2014

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Ali

Michael Mann's kaleidoscopic biopic is a technical masterpiece, but it plays out like a 3 hour montage.


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4th Sep 2014

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Enough Said

Smartly-scripted romcom that flips a lot of tropes for analysis through the middle-aged divorcee lens.


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24th Aug 2014

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Gravity

Without the 3D or IMAX, this visually impressive space flick stretches a little too thin.


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23rd Aug 2014

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Lone Star

Thoughtful, multi layered modern cowboy pic, examining division through the generations of a Texan town.


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18th Aug 2014

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Blue Jasmine

Literally the best Woody Allen film in 20 years. Solid script and several great performances.


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27th Jul 2014

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Mud

Classy, slow burning character drama from Jeff Nichols, full of decent performances.


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20th Jul 2014

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Promised Land

Smart, thought provoking drama from a Matt Damon/John Krasinski script. Well handled by Gus Van Sant.


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19th Jul 2014

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Elysium

Well-executed dystopian sci-fi that manages to add up to less than the sum of its parts.


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9th Jun 2014

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The Lego Movie

Witty post-modern mash up that surprisingly manages to capture the awesomeness of #LEGO.


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27th May 2014

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The Lego Movie

Witty, gag-packed toon that builds a kind of brick Brazil scenario out of its fight The Man story.


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27th May 2014

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Ripley's Game

Malkovich is in his element here as Tom Ripley, stirring it up among Brit expats in Italy and Berlin.


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21st May 2014

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Blue Ruin

Suspenseful, micro-budget revenge thriller. Solidly handled by first timer Jeremy Saulnier.


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16th May 2014

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X-Men Days Of Future Past

The Stewart/McAvoy McKellen/Fassbender streams cross for a solid Nixon-era franchise extension.


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12th May 2014

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Her

Modern, extremely stylish love story from Spike Jonze that meanders from thought provoking into ponderous.


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3rd May 2014

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The East

Engaging eco-thriller, building plausibly around a modern dilemma. Impressive 2nd pic from Zac Batmanglij.


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26th Apr 2014

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Philomena

An engaging story and a stand out turn from Judi Dench elevate this otherwise bog standard drama.


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25th Apr 2014

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All Is Lost

Intense, lonely, one-man disaster pic. Methodically directed, with an intense turn from Robert Redford.


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9th Apr 2014

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Spring Breakers

Accomplished crack at the mainstream from Harmony Korine. MTV meets The Limey in an intense blur.


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6th Apr 2014

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Before Midnight

Classy, accomplished threquel to Richard Linklater's meandering walking talk-a-thon.


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29th Mar 2014

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The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's plane engineer swan song is more melodrama than magic, but still a bittersweet meditation.


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13th Mar 2014

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes A's gang rack up the cameos, an elegant confection of crime romp, murder, good manners.


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9th Mar 2014

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Captain Phillips

Tense high seas hijack standoff with Paul Greengrass at the bridge, anchored by Tom Hanks.


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6th Mar 2014

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What We Do In The Shadows

Riotous NZ vampire doc. Relentless laughs, and a rowdy performance from the Swerewolves.


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23rd Jan 2014

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Cold In July

Tense, witty, southern-drenched thriller. Dexter changes his M.O. and Don Johnson plays it cool.


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21st Jan 2014

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The Trip To Italy

Relentless laughs with a dramatic undercurrent as Coogan and Brydon riff their way round Italy.


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21st Jan 2014

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Old school indie pic with great script and central performance. Hilarity meets sadness.


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21st Jan 2014

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The Company You Keep

Solid, old fashioned thriller with great turns from Redford and other veterans + great script.


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16th Jan 2014

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Room 237

Loopy film studies fever dream diving deep into the hidden meanings Kubrick (maybe) packed into The Shining.


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1st Jan 2014

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Europa Report

Decent indie sci-fi about a mission to one of Jupiter's moons that works round the found footage style.


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8th Dec 2013

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Weekend at Bernie's meets Goodfellas, as Scorsese goes to max. McRomcomedy steals the show.


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2nd Dec 2013

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Zero Dark Thirty

Enthralling by default, this CIA procedural could have done with a more experienced touch.


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29th Nov 2013

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Crystal Fairy

Charming road movie. Michael Cera ditches the script and heads into the Chilean outback to trip out.


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21st Nov 2013

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Gravity

One dimensional 3D space epic, that pushes its one trick pony to the limits. Mesmerising and gripping.


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14th Nov 2013

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Seven Psychopaths

A snappy script and a great ensemble cast make this an entertaining romp.


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1st Nov 2013

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The Great Passage

Warm oddball epic about a 15 year quest to produce a new dictionary. Japan's Oscar entry - good bet.


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12th Oct 2013

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Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett's delusional socialite is one of Woody Allen's best character studies for years.


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7th Oct 2013

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Tyrannosaur

Depressing, traumatic drama from Yorkshire, with good performances and the tiniest glimmer of hope.


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25th Sep 2013

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Silver Linings Playbook

Assured, energetic dramedy with a good post-Bulwinkle turn from DeNiro amongst others.


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21st Sep 2013

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Celeste & Jesse Forever

Stylish, grown up, indie rom com - with a decent script and one foot in the real world.


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25th Aug 2013

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